Jazz

Jazz – Students will learn both classical and contemporary jazz styles with a ballet foundation.  They will learn combination and progressions while working basic leap and turn techniques.  Jazz students who enroll in the Recreational Dance Session will learn a routine to be performed at the Annual One Step Above Dance Recital.

general information on this dance style:
Jazz is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance—modern jazz dance—emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins.

 

Traditional

Until the mid 1920s jazz dance referred to the dance styles that originated from the African American vernacular dance of the late 19th century to mid-20th century. Jazz dance often referred to tap dance because tap dancing, set to jazz music, was one of the predominant dances of the era. Jazz dance evolved over time to spawn a diverse range of social and concert dance styles. During the later jazz age, popular forms of jazz dance included the Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Charleston, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, swing and the related Lindy Hop. Today, many of these dance styles are still popular and continue to be practiced and taught.

Modern

After the 1950s and with the growing domination of other forms of entertainment music, jazz dance evolved on Broadway into the new, smooth style that is taught today and known as modern jazz, while tap dance branched off to follow its own, separate evolutionary path. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse's work, which is exemplified by Broadway shows such as Chicago, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, and The Pajama Game. Modern jazz dance continues to be an important element of musical theatre, and it can often be seen in music videos and competitive dance.

Jazz dancers often wear leather jazz shoes, to help them move smoothly when executing turns (e.g. pirouette).

Prior to dancing, dancers typically perform exercises in order to warm up and stretch muscles so as to prevent injuries. In addition, core strengthening exercises are often used for conditioning.

TECHNIQUE

Modern jazz dance is frequently influenced by other dance styles such as acro, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop. In turn, many other dance styles are influenced by jazz dance.

As in most forms of dance, technique is the foundation for all modern jazz dance movement. In particular, jazz dancers benefit from a sound working knowledge of ballet technique and, consequently, hip hop dance curriculum commonly includes ballet training.

Modern jazz dance encompasses various techniques, including:

CENTER CONTROL
By treating the center of balance as the point from which movements emanate, it becomes possible to maintain balance and control while executing movements that would otherwise take the dancer off balance.

SPOTTING
This enables dancers to maintain balance and control while executing turns such as pirouettes and fouettés, by reducing the dizzying effect of repeated rotation.

POINTING
When pointing, dancers stretch their ankles and point their toes so as to align their feet with the leg lines in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Students will learn both classical (traditional) and contemporary (modern) jazz styles with a ballet foundation. They will learn combination and progressions while working basic leap and turn technique. Routines will be learned through out the session to be performed at the recital in the Spring.

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Dance Types

Jazz, Jazz Floorwork/Technique, Ballet, Ballet Barre, Tap, Tap Floorwork, Hip-Hop, Clogging, Combo I & Combo II, Acro-Dance, Cheerleading Prep, Pom Pon, Tumbling

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