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Jazz technique is the result of many different influences, including African-American jazz music from the 1950’s. One of the most popular styles of dance, jazz is technical, entertaining, and lively! We offer 4 levels of jazz dance from ages 6 through to 18. We encourage students enrolled in Jazz and Contemporary dance to take ballet classes in order to develop a strong, well rounded technical base.
Jazz 1 An introduction to jazz technique, this class allows children to explore movement, improvisation, beat and musicality in a structured setting to modern music. (Ages 6-7) Fridays 6:00-7:00 pm
Jazz 2 This class builds on introductory jazz technique to refine positions and enhance physical literacy. Leaps, turns, flexibility, and musicality are focused. (Ages 7-9) Fridays 5:00-6:00 pm
Jazz 3 Students in this class can expect to experiment with different styles of jazz throughout the year, building technique and performance quality with exercises in the center and across the floor. They will also be given opportunities for improvisation. (Ages 10-12) Fridays 4:00-5:00 pm
Street Jazz (ages 16+) adds an urban flair to the jazz style and caters to students aged 16 and over. (Mondays 7:00-8:00pm )
Stretch Leap and Turn (Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm) taught by our contemporary and jazz teacher Kay Kenney will help young dancers achieve the technical challenges of jazz and contemporary dance.
Discover the theatrical dance style and choreography of classic Broadway shows, mega-musicals and movies! Working within the tradition of classical jazz technique, students of Broadway Jazz will have the opportunity learn the signature styles and choreographic works of legends such as Ziegfeld, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett. From West Side Story, to Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Annie, Grease and more, dancers will have the chance to build their acting skills as well as their dance technique.
Broadway Jazz 1/2 (Tuesdays 4:00 pm-5:00 pm) Dancers will concentrate on mastering the foundation of jazz technique, including travelling steps, small jumps and turns, as well as the interpretation of age-appropriate choreography and character roles.
Lyrical (Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm ) Lyrical dance is a style of jazz that focuses on expression and telling a story. Lyrical dance utilizes elements of ballet and contemporary technique.
( Lyrical Level 1/2 Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm)