Ages 7 - adult
A variety of jazz styles will be taught including Luigi, Matt Maddox, West Coast, Fosse and Giordano. Students will gain strength, flexibility and coordination through technical jazz exercises (based on ballet technique). Classes include warm-up exercises followed by movement across the floor and choreography. To excel in jazz dance, the dancer should take ballet technique class.
Jazz is great exercise and beneficial for maintaining a great fitness level!
Jazz dance is a form of dance commonly used in Broadway shows and movies, by the Rockettes in New York and on MTV. Jazz is a more contemporary kind of dance as compared to ballet. Some traditional musical jazz numbers are All That Jazz and Chicago.
The essential roots of jazz dance come from Afro-American culture from the late 1800’s up till the mid 1900. Pioneers took the essence of Caribbean traditional dance and made it into a performing art.
In jazz dancing, the movements are big and exaggerated and there is usually an attitude the dancer conveys to the audience.
Students should perform all steps accurately and understand basic jazz concepts before moving on to the next level. On average, students will remain in a level for 2-3 years. All Jazz students are evaluated by the Dance Creations faculty in the Spring to determine class placement for the next season. Studying Ballet technique is essential to excel in Jazz and lack of ballet training may affect advancement.