Students will learn the basics of American jazz dance, the popular style which combines classical leaps and jumps, with street dance, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre and more into a fun-filled, creative dance form. All classes will focus on stretching at the beginning of class to develop flexibility for skills such as kicks and leap. Students will also learn the proper technique for a variety of turns and will practice the balance required to execute these turns. Footwork and other steps will be taught in fun combinations set to popular music.
Drill Team Jazz (6th -11th grade) concentrates on the skills required in high school drill team- kicks, leaps, turns and basic footwork. Contemporary Jazz is a popular form of jazz evolving in the dance world today- it focuses more on the storyline or emotion of the dance and is often more closely related to ballet and modern than other forms of jazz. (See Contemporary page.) Musical Theatre Jazz combines the basics of American Jazz dance with elements of character and sometimes singing to create a complete theatrical experience in each dance. (See Musical Theatre page.) Jazz classes will perform a dance in our spring recital and competition groups are available by audition only.