Contemporary dance is an extremely expressive style of dance. This dance emerged in the 1950’s. Contemporary dance is a more modern type of dance. It does combine many different forms of dance including classical ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern. Dancers want to make a connection between their mind and body through fluid movements. This dance is opposite of the strict, structure nature of ballet dancing. Contemporary dance focuses on versatility and improvisation. Movements are more abstract then other dances. Dancers focus on floor work, meaning they use gravity to pull them down to the floor. Most of the time the dancers are barefoot and costumes are unique to the feeling of the dancer and dance. The key element in contemporary dancing is to let the dancer have freedom of movement and allow their body to express their inner feelings.