JAZZ

An exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. 

Jazz is a high-energy dance form that steals and borrows movement from ballet technique, modern and hip-hop. The focus of this class is to build strength, flexibility, body and mental awareness and style; providing the necessary skills for possible participation in junior and senior high school extracurricular activities such as dance company, drill team, and musical theatre. Because of the technical demands in jazz, students are encouraged to supplement their jazz training with classical ballet or jazz technique classes.

JAZZ CLASSES

At Dance United School of Dance we offer Jazz classes that have been tailored over 40 years.  We have our own syllabus which incorporates stretching, turns, jumps and combinations.  We cover old school classics and also now in the moment choreography. 

Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes warm-up, across-the-floor combinations, and combinations in the center.

Jazz classes are taught by Dance United Principal Miss Nicole or Dance United alumni Miss Madeline and run for 60 minutes each session.

Ballet class is compulsory if attending jazz, contemporary, pointe and competition classes from 7 yrs and over.

HISTORY OF JAZZ

Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday. Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music.

Jazz dance is a stylized, syncopated movement where body isolations are sharper than other styles of dance. Music is typically upbeat and faster paced. The history of jazz dance originates from African American vernacular dance.

Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz music until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s. Modern jazz was developed by choreography greats such as Bob Fosse, whose work is emulated in the ultimate of jazz dance shows such as Chicago and Cabaret.

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