Contemporary dance has appeared in the middle of the 20th century in Europe and in the United States, mostly after the Second World War and has become increasingly popular amongst professional dancers. At the origin of the contemporary dance are names such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, etc. It is now one of the most represented dance type amongst the professional dancers. It consists in the exploration of the total movement potential of the body, and is not bound by set standards. Contemporary dance hence covers a very wide range of motion. Contemporary dance has been originally developed on the technical basis of classical and modern dance techniques, and has been continually evolving since the origins. Each contemporary dancer is influenced by different inspiration sources, and by his experience. The contemporary dance styles hence often refer to the name of the dancers and choreographers from whom the style originally comes from.
Contemporary dance is hence very diverse, while the performance is radically different according to the dancer. Collections such as the DANCERS! Project can give an idea of the diversity of the contemporary dance.