Jazz Dance

The varieties of jazz dance reflect the diversity of American culture. Jazz dance has been a reflection of the social history of the American people, by showcasing ethnic influences, historical events, and cultural changes through movement. Jazz dance has also always been greatly influenced by social dance and popular music.

Within our jazz classes, we will explore traditional, Broadway, commercial and contemporary techniques in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Classes begin with a warm-up with stressing proper alignment, flexibility, coordination, and strength, followed by progressions across the floor, center work and combinations. Development of patterns of muscular coordination and awareness of the body's center will be featured prominently as dancers learn to demonstrate dynamic body positions and execute turns, jumps, and leaps.

Level Descriptions

Beginning/ Level 1 & 2

Students will learn fundamental steps and basic vocabulary through across the floor exercises and simple combinations. Students are able to execute class while demonstrating strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, stamina and control with the highest level of proficiency.

Intermediate/ Level 3

Classes focus on body placement and proper technique, stretching and development of skills. Students consistently demonstrate technique with proper body alignment utilizing the correct muscle groups, an extended range of motion through the full body, control from center and has developed the necessary strength to demonstrate movement accurately and consistently. He/She can execute intermediate level skills in turns, kicks and leaps with proficiency.

Advanced/ Level 4

Classes emphasize quality of movement in addition to perfecting technique, performance skills and varied styles. This level of student has connected timing, spatial awareness, precision of body lines/angles, musicality and emotional expression in their movement quality at an advanced level. He/she is able to adapt and articulate different stylized movements ranging from traditional to contemporary. Advanced dancers demonstrate a sense of personal style by taking risks and making choices in dynamics.

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