By Daniella Lopez

Contemporary History

Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and western Europe. Contemporary dance draws on both classical ballet and modern dance.

Sonya Tayeh

Sonya Tayeh is a dance teacher and jazz and contemporary choreographer.Tayeh describes her choreography style as combat jazz because "it’s staccato, aggressive, and engaged, even when it’s slow."

Sonya Tayeh choreography

The agent, Andrew Jacobs, saw a performance that Tayeh choreographed at The Carnival: Choreographer's Ball. After he approached her, Tayeh invited him and the rest of the MSA staff to see "The Root of Me"—a show she directed and choreographed that the Carnival performance was taken from. The day after the viewing, Tayeh was signed to MSA. Three months after being signed, she was booked as a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance.