Contemporary Dance

Contemporary/Lyrical dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the 20th century and has since grown to become one of the most dominant performance genres throughout the world. It tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance’s stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. This class is designed for all abilities and genders. In the first few weeks the teacher will evaluate your progress and adapt the sessions to best fit the group.


Benefits of Contemporary Dance

  • Improved balance and spatial awareness.
  • Improved general and psychological well being.
  • Better coordination, agility and flexibility.
  • Greater self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improved muscle tone and strength


Instructor Bio

Kelsey Hockerday – BA (Hons), ADPA

Kelsey started dancing at the age of 3 studying tap, ballet, modern and musical theatre. At college Kelsey obtained a BTEC in dance and performing arts from Guildford College and her great results lead her to gain a scholarship to train in ballet and contemporary dance at The University of Roehampton, achieving a BA Honors degree in Dance.

Whilst training Kelsey appeared in a number of TV, film, live musical productions and dance shows. She was selected to be a dancer for the universities dance society’s performance team, as well as gaining a place as a performer and elected choreographer for Roehampton’s musical theatre company. Kelsey has Featured on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, as well as staring in Sky One’s ‘Pineapple Dance Studios’ with choreographer Louie Spence and appearing alongside Ant and Dec on Saturday night TV.

Since graduating, Kelsey has focused on developing her skills further by training in the authentic styles of street dance with the ‘Urban Strides’, and was selected to undertake the world’s first government accredited Level 4 Diploma in Performing Arts in Professional Street Dance and Teaching (ADPA). She has been developing her dance career ever since. Kelsey has been teaching since 2011 and continues with regular professional development. She is currently training and working with some of the UK’s leading dance industry professionals and choreographers  regularly undertaking a number of workshops and weekly classes in with world class teachers.

Kelsey considers herself to be a passionate, enthusiastic and highly experienced teacher, who strives to create a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment for all students and aims to build each individuals confidence and personal dance style.



Joining the class

The first session is free for you to try it out. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15pm in RG21. Please come wearing comfortable gym clothes and socks/bare feet.

The classes run in term 1 and term 2 and there are three payment options available to you to best suit your needs:

3 Monthly Installments  – £13.33 per month

Upfront Term Payment- £40