Many years ago, I hadn't the foggiest idea about contemporary dance: what it was, what it meant, it's power.
Some of my oldest friends will testify that I fell in love with the show 'So You Think You Can Dance' quite a while ago. What I loved about the show, was the fact that even though each dancer had a specialty, they were challenged each week with a new area of dance to master. This in turn made them well-rounded dancers. As a viewer, I learnt the many different forms of Ballroom and Jazz. I witnessed Bollywood and what they called “African dance” brought to life. Most importantly, I came across the Contemporary style of dance.
What I love about Contemporary, is that it is one of the easiest dance forms to tell a story and if danced well, evoke emotion. But no dance no matter how well executed can be powerful without amazing choreography. And equally the choreography would be nothing without a beautiful piece of music attached to it.
On the show and through the show, many of the contemporary choreographers have been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards. In particular, Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall and Sonya Tayeh come up with the most emotive, captivating and thought provoking pieces. I can vividly remember some from many years ago. Travis Walls' statue piece, Stacey's recent love lost piece and Sonya kills each and every contemporary piece she is asked to choreograph. She has an amazing ability to use each and every single part of a dancers body to tell a story.
I hope you enjoy some of my favourites below: