Step Up Your Dance Game With Jazz!

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What do you love about jazz??

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:

Underground Jazz music halls

1920’s – Underground Jazz music halls encouraged free dance such as the Charleston.

Big Bands with accompanying dances

1930’s – The Big Bands with accompanying dances like Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie

Broadway Musicals with dancers

1940’s – Broadway Musicals with dancers like Fred Astaire who combined, tap, ballroom, ballet and Jazz elements.

Jazz West Side Story

1950’s Rock’n Roll Music included Latin American influences shown in the musical “West Side Story”

The Twist and Motown groups

1960’s The Twist and Motown groups with stylised dance moves that dancers could copy in The Grapevine.

Saturday Night Fever

1970’s – Disco Dancing with its roots in ballroom. “Saturday Night Fever” and musicals such as “Chicago”

Flashdance

1980’sMTV saw music videos in our homes where Jazz exploded. Michael Jackson, Break Dance, “Flash Dance” and “Fame” to name a few big hits.

Funk and Hip Hop

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!
  • Increased Strength, Flexibility, Coordination, Endurance.
  • Relieve Stress and Gain Focus
  • Express your Emotions
  • An Incredible Cardio Workout
  • Pushes the Boundaries of Muscle Memory
  • Core Strength
  • Challenging Steps and combinations increases coordination
  • Stretches major muscles of legs and lower back
  • Increased flexibility and range of motion in the hops, should and spine
  • Complex rhythmic patterns of movement
  • High-Energy rhythmic music leads to increased endurance and stamina.

Jazz dance continually challenges the dancer in all aspects and is increasingly incorporating Acrobatic aerial moves.

We only employ teachers with experience that demonstrate not only a caring and individualised experience, but that will challenge and bring out the best in each and every student.

Improve your Career Opportunities.

At Dance Diversity, we are always mindful about presenting opportunities to our students now and for their future. We offer onsite Traineeship in Certificate III in Business.

Jazz dancers are most commonly used on Broadway and in television, movies, and nightclubs. Broadway dancers are usually skilled in tap and have training in singing and acting.

Some Career opportunities from Dance include:

  • Teach in schools and Dance Companies
  • Become a Choreographer
  • Theme Park Performer
  • Cruise ship show dancer
  • Join a contemporary or modern dance company
  • Dancers in musical theatre performances
  • Seasonal corporate events
  • Sports cheerleader
  • Freelance Dance Teacher
  • Arts Administrator
  • Performing Arts Director
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  • Pilates Instructor
  • Dance Studio Owner
  • Competition Adjudicator
  • Dancewear Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Physitherapist
  • Registered Dietian or Nutritionist
  • Dance Photographer
  • Dance Videographer

Above all Jazz makes you smile, especially when your can’t but help move your body to the music

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