Class Information

Name: Advanced Contemporary
Level: adv
Time: Wed 08:45 pm to 09:30 pm
Studio: A
Cost: $50.00
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Dance Type: Contemporary

Description: Contemporary dance is an expressive communicator of the mind, body and spirit through movement. Contemporary dance founders originally composed dances to express the spirit, soul, and heart of social problems associated with the condition of the human spirit. In contrast, today's Contemparary dance has more sophisticated techniques and technologies applied to express a broader variety of social issues. Each style goes in unique directions and is usually a radical and interesting presentation. The essence of Contemporary dance is to look forward, not backward. Ballet and Contemporary are sometimes fused together, enriching both forms; however, neither is loses its identity in the process. Structured, technical exercises condition the body for strength, coordination and flexibility. Physical activities develop the dancer

Instructor: Thomas Nguyen

Thomas Tu Nguyen was born on May 14, 1992 and was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota by both parents who immigrated from Vietnam to America. He began his dance journey in 2009 when he was 17 years old, auditioning for the Washington High School dance team. In 2010, Mr. Nguyen competed in his first World competition called, The Dance Worlds, and by 2014 he returned and won the Hip Hop Gold Championship. Coached by Angela Nieman, his team was the first all male dance team to bring home a gold medal and trophy for South Dakota.

Mr. Nguyen attended South Dakota State University and studied a French Language Major & a Dance Minor. In dance, he studied with Melissa Mork-Hauschild who guided him in Classical Jazz, Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Modern (Bartenieff & Laban Contexts) Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater, and Composition & Choreography. Today, Mr. Nguyen is a dancer for Sioux Falls LiRa Dance Theater Company, a Choreographer & Instructor at Expanding Harmony Dance Studio in Brookings, and Contemporary instructor at Balleraena Dance Studio.