Classes

Jazz

Just Dance Academy focuses on the importance of correct technique, as in most forms of dance; technique is the main foundation for all dance movements.  In our Jazz class particularly, jazz consists of ballet technique. Modern Jazz encompasses various techniques that are offered here at Just Dance Academy such as, Leaps and Turns class to perfect the art of spotting, Ballet training to increase the essential element of balance, technique and grace. With our state of the Art Dance floors and sound system you are sure to be inspired by our exciting Jazz classes, offered from beginner advanced students.

History of Jazz

Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Prior to the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance – modern jazz dance – emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins.

Traditional Jazz Dance

During the later jazz age, popular forms of jazz dance included the Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Charleston, Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, swing and the related Lindy Hop. Today, many of these dance styles are still popular and continue to be practiced and taught.

Caribbean Jazz Dance

After the 1950s, pioneers took the essence of Caribbean traditional dance and made it into a performing art. With the growing domination of other forms of entertainment music, jazz dance evolved on Broadway into the new, smooth style that is taught today and known as modern jazz, while tap dance branched off to follow its own, separate evolutionary path. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse’s work, which is exemplified by Broadway shows such as Chicago. Modern jazz dance continues to be an essential element of musical theatre, and it can often be seen in music videos and competitive dance.