Jazz combines many styles and techniques from ethnic and contemporary dance, to ballet. Rhythm, upon which all dance forms depend, is particularly integral to jazz dance. The first half of class consists of exercises which stretch and tone muscles and develop support for proper stress-free alignment of the skeletal structure. Using jazz, soul, R&B, ethnic and pop music, jazz classes are a great work-out and a fun way to release tension while attaining a body awareness that can be applied to everyday activities. As a student progresses through the levels of Jazz study, he or she will focus on breathing, basic stretches, isolations and walks. The student will advance into combinations with stress on proper technique. The fundamentals of strong Jazz technique will be learned through proper body placement and strength, as the fluidity and smoothness of movements and transitions increase. As dancers advance, they learn difficult skills like pirouette turns, leaps, jumps and floor work. Students gain a working knowledge of terminology, as well as its accurate execution, as they learn to enjoy this expressive form of dance.
*Mini Show Stars Ages 5-7: Teal or Black leotard or sports bra top. Tan tights or black shorts/leggings.
*Junior Show Stars Ages 7-9: Royal Blue or Black leotard or sports bra top. Tan tights or black shorts/leggings.
*Teen/Tween Jazz Ages 9+: Black leotard or sports bra top. Tan tights or black shorts/leggings.
All Jazz students are required to wear dance attire (i.e. leotard, tights, dance pants, appropriate shoes). Slip-on Jazz shoes (no laces) are required for all jazz classes. Dark tan jazz shoes are recommended. Hair should be pulled back off of the face (i.e. pony tail). No jewelry. No gum.