How long does it take to become a good contemporary dancer?

by Nikaj Lado
(Nampa, Idaho)

Okay so I have one year to learn contemporary, I feel like I can do it after I am flexible, because I learn quickly. How long does it take to become a good contemporary dancer?

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Jul 12, 2012
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear Nikaj,

The time to become a good contemporary dancer depends on several things like:

- Your own physiological and physical conditions

- Your learning skills

- Your previous knowledge or experience with movement or other types of dance

- The training method and frequency with which you study

- Your psychological maturity

For example, if you are an eighteen years old experienced ballet dancer, you might become very good at contemporary dance in two or three years with a very frequent training.

If you are an absolute beginner at any type of dance, it may take you eight years of very frequent training (at least four times a week, six times ideally) to become a very good contemporary dancer.

However, remember that contemporary dance is not reduced to just acrobatic or physical skills. Contemporary dance is also about intelligent ideas, ethic values, creativity, social and political experience and other issues.

So, flexibility, force, coordination, expressivity and other common dancing skills are just one part of what you would need to learn. There's a whole universe of thought and feeling to discover when practicing contemporary dance. That's why I say it may take you eight years at least if you are just starting.

Still, professional contemporary dancers usually consider themselves as within a continuous learning process. Contemporary dance is the reflection of the dancers' desires and it evolves together with them. So, there are always new things to learn or discover.

I tell you that, just to make you aware of the fact that the learning time is not so important in contemporary dance. More important than that is the PROCESS of learning and the constant experience it offers to you and your life.

So, if you want to join in, just do it. Every dancing second counts as a vital experience, just at the moment it happens.

Give it a try and you'll see!

I wish you a lot of fun.


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