Jazz Dance

Jazz Dance Classes

Jazz Dance

Jazz DanceFor those dancers who like to be technical, but wish to expand their horizons beyond the ballet world, Jazz dance is a great kind of dance. Although Jazz dancing does require a strong ballet background, the movements of Jazz dancing are looser and more free, allowing for a lot of expressive energy.

Jazz dancing stems from tap-dancing, which was an offshoot of the African American culture and Irish. Dancers would don a pair of tap shoes and tap to the beats of the African music and rhythms of the jazz that was popular in the eighteen hundreds.

By the early 1900's, jazz had transformed into various forms of entertainment, including the Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Jitterbug, and as time went on it grew further still into a more theatrical dance, which is coupled alongside the contemporary hip-hop jazz dance community as well.

Jazz classes are always full of energy, and begin with a thorough warm up of the body that includes, but is not limited to, stretching, isolations, and muscle strengthening of the limbs and abdominals, followed by combination work across the floor and often times variations, or choreography, in the center.

Jazz is a great class to take for dancers of all ages, especially for the well-rounded dancer.