Contemporary Jazz Dance Classes
If you are a student of dance with an aspiration for a career in the dance world and looking to develop your Contemporary Jazz dance technique for commercial and musical theatre auditions, performance or exams then theschool has a class for you. Our Contemporary Jazz dance classes are a fusion of the two genres that influence each other and new forms of fusion are continuously created and performed making it a perfect class for those who have an interest in dancing in the commercial world.
Ages 12 – 19
These classes use the fluid movement of contemporary with off balanced falls and rises through the play with gravity along with the isolation and syncopated movement of the jazz dance style.
|Contemporary Jazz||Saturday 11.30 – 12.25pm|
Origins and brief history of Jazz dance:
Jazz dance originates from social dances of African Americans and it was originally strictly connected to jazz music. Hence its name and its syncopated movements and the fact that early forms of jazz dance were improvised, just as was jazz music. However, as it was discovered by main stream show business, jazz dance incorporated other elements in additions to its African American tradition. Ballet technique became an important part of every jazz dancer’s training and jazz dance became associated with tap dance, musical theatre and big Broadway productions, starting from about the 1950s.
There are many different styles of jazz dance, each with its own characteristics and influences. In general though, jazz dance has always been associated with popular culture and it has changed over time in parallel with the music and styles of popular entertainment. Presently, many different styles coexist, as well as various degrees of fusion with other genres. Some important figures in the history of jazz dance are Katherine Dunham, who reinforced the connection between jazz dance and its African origins; Bob Fosse highly influential figure in the development of dance in movies, and Matt Mattox, who developed his own technique based on ballet training.
Valeria Lo lacono, Article – ‘What is the Difference Between Jazz Dance and Contemporary Dance’.
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