JAZZ Dance Classes At Way Of Life Studio Kemps Corner Mumbai
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Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic.
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way.
Jazz dance is often credited as an American creation, however in actuality it originates from African American vernacular dance that came about during the late 1800s.
The original steps were exemplified out in the plantations, and jazz dance itself came about as a crossbreed of American culture, European jigs and the music and movement tradition of the African slaves. Jazz music obviously inspired some of the first documented jazz dance choreography, and this further adds to the rich and diverse history of jazz dance. Europe lent elegance to the technique, Africa gave it its movement and rhythm, and America allowed it to have the exposure and growing popularity that has sustained it as a cherished dance style today.
The 1940s brought a revolution of jazz dance, increasing its demand for studio instruction and causing it to rival the popularity of classical ballet. Jazz began to appear more and more in not only vaudeville acts, but also in Broadway shows and musical comedies.Modern jazz was developed by choreography greats such as Bob Fosse, whose work is emulated in the ultimate of jazz dance shows such as Chicago and Cabaret.
Learning Basic Jazz Dance Steps
There are a few steps that are always part of the repertoire. These steps are basics for all jazz dancers, and they remain an important series of steps to continue working on to perfect your technique, even as you go on to learn new steps.
Step forward on the right or left foot
Cross the other foot over the first foot
Step back with the first foot
Bring the feet side by side.
One of the key skills for any jazz dancer is to be able to move parts of the body individually. For hands and other extremities this is pretty easy, but to master jazz you need to be able to isolate the chest and hips as well, and this is almost always a part of any jazz dance warm-up.
To isolate your hips as an exercise, follow these steps:
Loosen your knees
Extend your arms out to the sides
Holding your chest and your legs as still as possible, swing your hips from side to side
Drawing from the ballet tradition, the chassé is literally a “chasing” step:
Step one foot forward (or to the side)
Bring up the second foot behind the first foot
As you bring up the second foot to join the first one, immediately step off the foot to create a skipping movement across the floor
Your chassé step can take on a variety of different looks based on the speed with which you execute it. Accent the step with your arms to create artistry for this movement.
This is another classic move, and is often used in posters and images to convey some of the excitement of jazz dance. This dramatic move is performed by:
A straight kick high up in the air
Simultaneously doing an extreme back bend, head arched back and arms extended.
This iconic jazz step requires excellent balance and flexibility when done in this extreme manner. Simpler versions involve doing a back bend without any sort of kick.
This step is where the improvisation element of jazz shines through. One of the defining features of jazz, both in music and movement, is the room for individual expression. Every dancer’s jazz walk is different. As you learn increasing numbers of jazz steps and your technique improves, observe how other dancers have defined their own jazz walks. Developing your own technique is a matter of letting your inner voice and feel for the music flow.
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