To define what contemporary dance is, we will have to use some ambiguities: it is an alternative and differentiated genre of ballet and modern dance. We speak of contemporary dance since the second half of the 20th century (specifically, since the 60s), but these six decades have given way to a multitude of styles, techniques and disciplines.
Broadly, we can say that contemporary dance constantly seeks innovation; Both in the form of movements, in the stories he wants to tell, in his style of music or in distribution in space. The main feature is eclecticism, in addition to that each author has his individual style.
Brief history of contemporary dance
To understand what contemporary dance is and where it comes from, we have to go back to the United States at the end of the 19th century. There, from the hand of Isadora Duncan, free dance arises: the classical forms of ballet are rejected, and natural and simple movements are sought, improvisation and contact with nature.