Lyrical and Contemporary

Blue Dog Dance offers lyrical or elementary and middle school students and contemporary for high schoolers.

Lyrical dance is easiest described as a combination of jazz and ballet.  It is faster than ballet, but not as fast as jazz.  Lyrical dance combines the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. Most lyrical dance pieces are performed to music with lyrics and the lyrics of the song are what the choreography of the dance is based on.  The songs chosen usually express very strong emotions, like love, joy and anger.  Lyrical dance is very graceful with moves flowing smoothly and seamlessly.  Jumps are high and turns are very fluid.  Lyrical is one of the most expressive forms of dance to watch.


Contemporary is for high school students and builds on lyrical technique (combining ballet and jazz) and incorporates modern elements that allow for both lyrical expression and abstract interpretation of movement. Contemporary is a relatively new as a dance form and can vary from one class to another.

Take a look at some lyrical and contemporary classes in action in the video below.

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If you are looking for dance and performing arts classes, you have come to the right place. Blue Dog Dance has taught hundreds of students since it was established in 2008. We offer dance lessons in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, acro, musical theater, preschool dance classes and other dance styles. Located in the East Renton Highlands, our families come from Renton, Issaquah, Kent, Bellevue and Newcastle.

Dance offers a blend of physical activity with artistic expression. Dancers develop physical skills as well as poise, teamwork, determination and confidence. And at Blue Dog Dance we take pride in making sure all students have opportunities to develop in skill and performance. We offer an inclusive, performance-based dance program that builds stronger individuals, families and communities.

Call us today at (425) 255-0310 or visit us in person. You will see why families trust us for dance instruction each year.