The Jazz Program
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 encourage students enrolled in Jazz and Contemporary dance to take ballet classes in order to develop a strong, well rounded technical base.
Age is only one consideration in placing our dancers in the correct class. We aspire for each of our students to succeed, and maximize their potential. Students will move on to the next level according to their own progression and with approval of the Artistic Director and instructor.
We offer 4 levels of jazz training.
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)
This class builds on introductory jazz technique to refine positions and enhance physical literacy. Leaps, turns, flexibility, and musicality are focused. (Ages 7-9)
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 centre and across the floor. They will also be given opportunities for improvisation. (Ages 10-12)
Students in this class will continue to develop intermediate and advanced skills in technique, performance and choreography. (Ages 13+)
Lyrical 1 /2
Lyrical dance is a style of jazz that focuses on expression and telling a story. Lyrical dance utilizes elements of ballet and contemporary technique.
Stretch Leap and Turn
This class is intended to help young dancers ages 9-12 achieve the technical challenges of jazz and contemporary dance.