Jazz is fast and energetic, and can be performed with any type of upbeat music, from rhythm-and-blues to rock-and-roll. Expect basic-to-advanced technique, such as turns, leaps, kicks, jumps and steps. Choreography varies from instructor to instructor, but often integrates historical methods created by many of the former jazz greats, such as Bob Fosse.
Fall-Spring recital classes focus on jazz skills via two choreographed pieces for our December Recital and June Recital. Adult classes may vary–please confirm with the instructor.
Summer/Fall-Spring jazz technique classes address crucial aspects of the art form, which include strength, flexibility, body awareness and placement. In addition, students will gain knowledge in turning, jumping and leaping. Across-the-floor and center-floor exercises/combinations are to be expected. Though principally focused on jazz-based skills, these classes integrate lyrical, contemporary and musical theater, as they all fall under the jazz umbrella.
Jazz technique required for Competition Team and Performance Company Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and M.T. dancers.
PLEASE NOTE: Though our technique classes do not typically perform, we may receive requests to do so and will therefore accommodate based off a majority need. Please contact admin or the appropriate instructor to confirm.
Interested in other forms of dance? Head to our main Classes page!
The answer depends on what discipline you are attending.
For Acro, see the Acro dress code FAQ.
For Ballet, see the Ballet dress code FAQ.
For Hip Hop, see the Hip Hop dress code FAQ.
For Jazz, see the Jazz dress code FAQ.
For Tap, see the Tap dress code FAQ.
Form-fitting dance attire, i.e., black jazz pants/leggings, spandex shorts (appropriate length please), leotard, form-fitting tank tops, form-fitting t-shirts, etc.; “Bloch Super Jazz Slip-On” tan jazz shoes (boys and girls)–trial and summer students: bare feet or borrow a pair at the studio; tan dance tights for performances (please, no nylons); hair pulled back
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Classes are not only based on age, but also based on experience.
We have overlapping age brackets in order to accommodate those students with/without dance experience. For example, if a student is 10, but has no previous jazz experience, he/she would be placed in Jazz 1 (Ages 8-10) alongside students his/her age. And likewise, if a student is 10 and has previous jazz experience, he/she would be placed in Jazz 2 (Ages 10+). If a student does not have any experience in jazz, he/she would be placed in an age-appropriate class. The aforementioned not only helps in addressing appropriate skills for each level based on mental and physical development, but also creates an atmosphere of confidence and comfort as students grow and learn alongside peers within the same age bracket.