Contemporary dance represents creative improvisation of multiple styles, a dance with no formality or movement limitations. It emerged as a musical expression of artistic freedom, as a consequence of the time and the place it was created in.
There are many kinds of contemporary dances: contemporary modern dance (artistic), which includes: jazz, contemporary, lyrical jazz, show dance. All of them originate from jazz dance and have the jazz technique as their base, but are also characterized by their own qualities, which set them apart.
Contemporary dances also include urban street dances, which evolved outside the dancing studies, outdoors, in places such as streets, school yards, and night clubs. An example of urban dances is the break dance, which originated in New York, hip hop, electric googie, street show. Urban street dances were inspired by different types of street dances with choreographic orientation.
Disco dance and disco freestyle are the kinds of dances which evolved from the original disco dance, born in the USA, they are very attractive, but also quite demanding. They include a combination of different dance techniques and semi-acrobatic and acrobatic skills.
The Caribbean dances , characterised by exotic and sensual qualities are: salsa, which due to its light-heartedness, joyfulness and seduction has become popular all over the world; as well as two attractive, fast-pace dances originated from the Dominican Republic: merengue and bachata.
Smooth dances are also part of the contemporary dances and they represent different original versions of tango and waltz, as well as folklore dances, which include all ethnic dances.