Contemporary dance vs Lyrical dance?

November 23rd, 2013

Hi, recently I decided to start taking dance classes again. I’ve been researching a few different styles and really have my heart set on contemporary or lyrical. But just to make sure, what are the differences between the two?

Also, do you think I have enough experience to join one or the other? I’m a little heavier compared to other girls, so I hope that doesn’t make a big difference. I took ballet and tap dancing for about two years when I was really little, hip hop for a year and jazz dance for two years during elementary school, and I took Chinese dance for about 4-5 years total until I recently quit(Chinese dance was part of my Chinese school, and it was more relaxed). Would I need more experience to start learning contemporary or lyrical? My dance teachers have told me I’m a quick learner, but I’m not sure if it was a true compliment or just something nice to say. I’m also pretty flexible based on my experiences in dance.

So, what are the differences between contemporary and lyrical dance? Do you think I’d be able to take a class in one of them, and which one do you think would be best?

Lyrical dance is a literal representation of the music using a combination of ballet and jazz with a little bit of modern thrown in for good measure. It is usually performed in foot undies and tends to be romantic and emotional in approach. There is no "lyrical technique". You use your ballet technique to dance emotionally to the lyrics of a song. Lyrical dance exists only in competition dance and in recital studios.

Contemporary dance has no technique of it’s own and relies on both Ballet and codified modern technique. It is the choreography that makes a dance contemporary. Contemporary dance can be done en pointe , barefoot, in socks or anything else the choreographer can come up with. Often professional concert contemporary dance is abstract and devoid of any emotion at all but just simple line and movement. In contemporary dance, the choreographer is the only "star". Any type of music, noise or even no music or sound at all can be used. I think it is best to give some examples of Contemporary dance as the best way to describe it. I will try to give you a mix of styles.

If you are in a school that offers lyrical dance most likely the contemporary dance wont be real contemporary dance like the examples I gave. Many recreational schools use those terms interchangeably. Or, the lyrical will just be more balletic than what they call their contemporary.
In a competition/recital school, contemporary is very different. They have sort of a lyrical version with lots of "emoting", floor work and acrobatic tricks. That is the only place you will find specific "contemporary classes".
Professional contemporary dancers take modern & ballet classes along with contemporary workshops from cutting edge contemporary choreographers so they can learn their specific dance vocabulary. Often concert contemporary dance is abstract and devoid of any emotion at all but just simple line and movement.

*EDIT: Any good recreational dance school will require strong ballet technique before taking either lyrical or contemporary dance. A so-so school may only require you to take ballet along with lyrical or contemporary dance. A poor school will let you take either with no ballet. I suggest you start with a beginner ballet class before you take either genre.

Why couldn’t an American company be used to build the Obamacare website?

November 23rd, 2013

Why was a Chinese Artist chosen to create the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington? Can’t Americans do anything anymore?

well u have obama who doesnt really care for this country so he does all he can to bring it down…hell 600 million for a site that should cost 5 million…a site that doesnt work even though they had 3 yrs to prpepare it. a site made by a canadien company who got booted by canada…

How do I look and become more relaxed in martial arts?

November 23rd, 2013

I practice Wushu, the taolu parts. But in order for me to advance more I need to become more relaxed in my movements, at least look a bit more, which I certainly have some real trouble in (my trainers been on me quite alot, which is also why I really feel this is quite a problem, as I do want to advance further and become better). I think I have permission to say, I’m pretty flexible, especially in the legs. Do you guys have any special tips or tricks in at least looking and doing forms more relaxed? :) Anything is welcome from any martial artist :)

Wushu: Chinese martial arts.
Taolu: The forms of Wushu / predetermined movement.

First, is make sure you are breathing correctly.

Second, stance work. Hopefully when you fist started off you would hold a stance for 30 seconds to a minute in preparation for learning the techniques you link together in a form. Go back to this. Work on your basic stances/steps- horse, crane, empty, lo (pu bu), and twisting or stealing step. Try to do at least one full minute each. You an build up to 5 minutes each. This will take about 30 minutes to an hour a day (5 for horse, 2 1/2 – 5 for each side of the other stances, then five more for horse again).

Third, qigong. This can be part of number two or a separate practice. Qigong helps you combine breathing with postures and simple movements. Any qigong will do, but if your teacher knows some or your style has its own system, use that.

Forth, going slow as suggested by another answerer. Slow forms practice will improve your lower body conditioning, balance, and overall performance. Watch a couple of Yang taijiquan form videos and copy the pace they go at with your favorite form(s). I would recommend you start with the first form you learned in your style and practice it repeatedly as slow as you can manage. Once you get the hang of it, then try your favorite form.

When trying to relax don’t make the mistake of trying to go limp. Limp is not relaxed. The word sung should have been translated as supple, not relaxed. You should have sufficient tension to maintain your posture without looking like you are straining. Mentally, sung is playfully dismissing distractions as they arise. Mental focus is vital to good martial arts.

Do you like Chinese style paintings?

October 19th, 2013

Just wondering if you find traditional Chinese ink paintings beautiful, especially the landscape and animal ones? Or is western oil painting more cup of your tea.
The thing I don’t like about ink paintings is humans are generally not realistic-looking, it’s not that the ancient painters can’t paint realistically, it just seems they deliberately depict people in a weirdly stylistic way.

I’m into Western oil paintings; I just like to muck about with the paint ,but I do appreciate the talent and dedication it takes to work in ink like the Chinese have done for centuries.

Can a nontheist like me study Asian martial arts?

October 19th, 2013

Alright, so my last question did not make much clarity on what I wanted to ask, so I will clarify here. I am not really atheistic but nontheistic. I am quite skeptical but I prefer to judge for myself. In this instance I am interested in East Asian martial arts: Ninjutsu, Kuk Sool, the Koryū, Shaolin, internal/external Chinese Arts, and to a smaller extent, Muay Boran and Bokator.

I ask this question because I fear the opinions of others and my opinions always seem to be taken doqn by others. I have always admired and contemplated Buddhism (mainly Shingon and Zen/Chan) and this comes along with my interest in Asian languages. I don’t know what to do and this is as much sense as I can make right now. Any thoughts? Can I?
@ Rikashi…, dude I was referring to the Thai martial art of Muay Boran, the predecessor of Muay Thai.
People, my belief system is very shaken by the opinions of others. I always liked Buddhism (especially Mikkyô) but damn it some atheists just tear it down. I feel very dead and frustrated.
@ Rikashi… Alright, I get you. No need to be such an asshole about it. Yeesh!
I know, sorry. I am just feeling frustrated here.
@Kokoro, since when did I make such a mountain? I am listening, but your mind fails to grasp the fact that I am trying to clarify my last question here. If you want to be rude, don’t edit your answer.

In some martial gyms, they instructors are religious and the practice of some martial arts do involve prayer and meditation.

If you feel that you being an atheist means that you should not participate in these practices, then don’t do them, but it would be rude to ignore their beliefs when you are there to learn with them.

Be openminded. You’re not converting, you’re carrying a tradition in their gym that you chose to train with.

Please, never call it Muay Boran. Kid, Muay Boran is just a name. The wrong name. It is not a martial art, it’s a cash grab. Do you really think the ancients called it by that name? It is not the predecessor of Muay Thai. Do you know the real predecessor is? Savate and Boxing. The Thai influence is Muay Khad Chuek. Not that bullshit cashgrab, "Muay Boran".

I was not being an arsehole. You are just over-sensitive.

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Culture Shock – is Chinese contemporary art any good?

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chinese art The Chinese Art market is booming. The last five years have seen it grow more than any other in the world, according to a new report from the European Fine Art Foundation. Most of this is driven by sales of fine art and antiques. But contemporary art from China is also attracting interest – from art lovers and investors.

Contemporary art has often been judged by shock value. Frequently provoking outrage among many sectors of society. So in a country where the cultural sector is closely monitored by the government, how good can this style of art be? Some say even better than in the west…

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Can You Help Me Identify These Japanese and Chinese Paintings?

September 21st, 2013

I have some Japanese & Chinese Paintings and I’d like to identify them if possible. Please see for more info and for photos of the works. Thank you

it is easy,you can just identify them from the language they use,there are so many differences between Chinese character and Japanese.