It’s exciting, fun, energetic and allows you to express yourself and throw yourself into dance whole-heartedly.
Jazz is one of the first styles of dance that every dancer learns as it is a blend of so many styles and can be adapted to suit any age.
Read on for some interesting facts that you did not know about…”all that Jazz“
Jazz dance emerged in the 1600s in America with its roots in African American traditional dance and also from Tap Dance! As music changed, the traditional Tap moves became more and more expressive. Here is a brief timeline showing the relationship between popular music and jazz dance:
1920’s – Underground Jazz music halls encouraged free dance such as the Charleston.
1930’s – The Big Bands with accompanying dances like Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie
1940’s – Broadway Musicals with dancers like Fred Astaire who combined, tap, ballroom, ballet and Jazz elements.
1950’s Rock’n Roll Music included Latin American influences shown in the musical “West Side Story”
1960’s The Twist and Motown groups with stylised dance moves that dancers could copy in The Grapevine.
1970’s – Disco Dancing with its roots in ballroom. “Saturday Night Fever” and musicals such as “Chicago”
1980’s – MTV saw music videos in our homes where Jazz exploded. Michael Jackson, Break Dance, “Flash Dance” and “Fame” to name a few big hits.
1990’s – Music video influence continued with dance styles changing along with the music, introducing Funk and Hip Hop
“Jazz dance in the new century continues to both look back to the classics for inspiration and move forward to create new dance performances. In film, jazz dance, hip hop”
The Benefits of doing a Jazz Class at Dance Diversity:
For the sheer Enjoyment of it, it makes you feel good!