How to do jazz dance moves for beginners
Jazz Dance Terminology – CLI Studios
July 15, 2021 March 7, 2022 / 3 minutes of reading
Like any genre of dance, Jazz dance has its own terminology which is sometimes specific to itself – but often shared with other styles of dance. Here are a few of the more commonly used terms to get you started in your understanding of the style.
A spinning rotation in which the dancer performs a knee bend and kick in the air before bringing the legs together again on the ground.
A basic move found in most forms of modern dance, a ball change is a transfer of weight from one foot to the other, often performed quickly. The “ball” refers to the ball of the foot, which is the thick muscular pad just below the toes.
A spin that is executed by putting a leg forward, kicking off that forward leg, and using the outstretched arms as a means of gathering momentum for the spin. A barrel turn requires tight coordination between the feet and the arms for its success.
A popular dance from the early days of jazz and swing, the Charleston has at its core a front-to-back weight shift accompanied by a forward kick, often performed with a partner and with arm motions and sometimes jazz hands.
Borrowed from ballet, a chassé–from the French meaning, “to chase”– is a kicking forward motion where one leg “chases” the other. Often performed with arms forward or overhead, a chassé is a good set-up step for a leap.
Requiring a great degree of flexibility, a fan kick is where one leg travels in a circular motion from in front of the other leg, up into the air at the full range of motion, over the head, and finally down in a resting position. It is named after its imitation of an opening hand fan.
A highly stylized and exaggerated splaying of the fingers on open, extended palms. Used to convey rhythm and feeling, very popular in Broadway productions.
A version of a box step where the dancer creates a square on the ground using a four-step sequence that imitates walking without any forward movement beyond the fourth step. Usually performed as side, back, side, forward.
A forward-moving strut, the jazz walk is meant to convey a cool image, and to give the dancer a sultry and slinky gait when in motion.
A high forward leap in which the dancer imitates the actions of a male deer, with arms up and the knees bent like a prancing animal.
A mixture of preceding jazz dances like the Charleston, as well as tap dance, the Lindy Hop (named after aviator Charles Lindburgh’s groundbreaking 1927 transatlantic flight) is a partnered dance that serves as the centerpiece of the swing dance style. It remains a popular dance because of its improvisational style and fun, stylized movements.
Mamma Mia ABBA Beginner Jazz Dance Routine and Tutorial
Learn How to Jazz Dance for Beginners
Learn Beginners Jazz dance choreography with Hannah in this step by step dance tutorial to "Mamma Mia" by ABBA. It's a very popular song to dance to, you may recognise it from day-to-day life; the Mamma Mia movie or the musical! The music is perfect for an upbeat and lively Jazz dance piece so Hannah choreographed a new Jazz dance to the song. In one video, Hannah shows you the full choreography routine to music, in another video she breaks down each individual steps with counts and lyrics to guide and walk through the dance routine step by step to help you learn the routine from the comfort of your own home.
The piece includes different Jazz dance movements such as: step ball changes, jazz pirouttes, fluid arm movements, slides, fan kicks, flick ball changes and more. Practice your flow and musicality to the beat with guidance from Hannah from Stardust Dance Academy, Cambridge.
Learn A New Jazz Dance In These Videos!
- Jazz Dance Choreography Routine to "Mamma Mia" by ABBA - https://youtu.be/EyV0n14JeZo
- Jazz Dance Tutorial and step-by-step walkthrough to "Mamma Mia" by ABBA - https://youtu. be/8bnjuFPUsCM
Beginner Jazz Dance Choreography to Mamma Mia by ABBA! Watch and learn a new Jazz Dance Routine with this Choreography then practice the step-by-step breakdown of the Jazz Dance Choreography in the tutorial video.
Beginner Jazz Dance Tutorial to Mamma Mia by ABBA! Learn a new Jazz Dance Routine with this Tutorial. Learn and practice in this step-by-step tutorial breakdown with lyrics & counts of the Jazz Dance Choreography in the tutorial.
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This Jazz dance choreography routine was designed for beginner dancers to Jazz dance. You can learn how to Jazz dance with little to no experience with this Jazz dance tutorial to a very popular song that is instantly recognizable.
Mamma Mia by Abba - Beginner Jazz Dance Choreography YouTube Transcript:
Welcome back to the channel everybody, it's Hannah from Stardust! Enjoy this video where i show you my beginner's jazz routine to the song mamma mia (by Abba) if you want to learn it check out the link below because i've made you a separate tutorial video.
[Choreography starts - Lyrics begin]
I was cheated by you and i think you know when So i made up my mind, it must come to an end Look at me now. Will I ever learn? I don't know how. But I suddenly lose control. there's a fire within my soul just one look and I can hear a bell ring. One more look and I forget everything. Woah Woah. Mamma Mia. Here I go again. My my how can I resist ya? Mamma Mia. Does it show again? my my, just how much I missed ya. Yes, I've been brokenhearted Blue since the day we parted Why, why did I ever let you go? Mamma mia, now I really know My my, I should not have let you go.
[Choreography ends - Lyrics end]
Thanks so much for watching everyone. Don't forget to check out the link below with that tutorial video and you can also connect with me over on Instagram and TikTok @stardustdanceacademy Happy dancing!
Mamma Mia by Abba - Beginner Jazz Dance Tutorial YouTube Transcript:
Welcome back everyone. It's Hannah from Stardust. Thanks for joining me for the tutorial video today I'm going to be teaching you my beginners jazz choreography to the song Mamma Mia, so this is the tutorial video if you want to check out the music video, you can click at the link below. Let's get started.
[Dance Tutorial Starts]
We're going to start at the back of our room with our feet together now on the introduction for this dance, you can just do a little step in tap or freestyle until the lyrics come in when the lyrics start, we're going to step forward on your left foot. In the arms are going to space. You're going to go step by step and then two walks back and you point forwards good and then arms down. And then there's some strong beats. We go to the side, invert your back foot, lift that he'll dat dat, dat, dat, dat, dat, dat, dat, dat the kid. That's how it goes in the music. Then we repeat forwards forwards keep the arms back back and then open poses again. Dat dat dat dat de. That that that that that kid well done. Then we're going to do a slide to the side when she sings. Look at me now, look at me now you're going to grab your wrists. OK, so right hand grabs your left wrist perfect that's on look at me now keep your arms here and we're going to do a step turn to the side step turn step. nice then we're going to take a bend down bring your arms down and then they're going to burst open. Yeah, then you've got a little flick ball change and you can use your shoulders flick ball change flick ball, change good, so forward with the shoulder at the same time, good. Let's add that together. So from the lyrics you've got your little freestyle bit and then were coming forward forwards forwards point point beats dat dat, dat, dat, dat, dat, dat, dat again, forwards, forwards, back, back strong, arms, dat dat, dat dat. That that that that that good slide look at me now turn and bend open. Good flick ball change, flick ball, change good. So this little changes are quite quick. Alright, lovely we're then going to turn to the side and your left arm is going to go around your head. So we put round, bring your arms in lovely, then we're going to do a quick ball change up up, up on tademy points and down, down good up, down, down goods and nice and quick lovely so we go up, down, down and you're going to bring your hands into like a prayer position when you come down, up, up, down, down, lovely that's on the lyric. There's a fire so you do there's a fire good then you're going to do a body ripple up. Lyric inside my soul. Good, and then you're going to bring the hands down and you've got 2 little knee pops nice. And then we're going to crisscross just one. And then you're going to beat your heel look and then you're going to point to the site and you're going to beat your heel. Good then it repeats crisscross but this time your hands are going to go up your body Criss cross and then you're going to beat your right foot and your hands are going to come forward. Poms facing the front. Good job so you've done out on. There's a fire within my soul and it crisscrossed just one and then beat look Gerd an again. Jump, jump beat. Good and then on the woe before she sings, Mamma Mia, you're going to do a fan kick now. This will be with your right leg. 'cause you're mirroring me, you're going to open your arms. And you're fun. kick is going to come across, so if you've not done this before, so it's open making a lovely shape like a fan in the air. OK, so you can just keep it small. Or if you're super flexible, your leg can go right up to the ceiling, all right, so that after we do our beats here and that's on the wow. Nice then is the chorus. Mamma Mia we gonna take a gallop to the side so gallop and then bull change and the arms are quite free here so you can let them swing then again gallop ball change you're gonna rise up on your leg up and then drop forwards into a preparation for either a balancing pose that position or take it as a single turn. You decide. OK so I there was a balance. Or is that will change a step will change a balance or a single turn is what I meant to say? Alright, so you do your fan kick and then from Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia full change. Here we go again up my my balance or single turn. Good and then point out on you repeats gala and Rocket back. Yeah, and rocket back the second time instead of the rise and the pirouette. We're going to do a little flick, so we're going to flick that foot to the side. OK, so jump onto the back foot and flick that for out and flick and you flick your arms out at the same time as you flick your leg out. Alright, so try it with this step will change we did. Yeah let an rocket. Back, yeah, let's rock it back up downturn or balance up up repeats again yeah luck and rock gallop and rock ready flick cross good then from here you're going to turn towards your right shoulder, turn round and then you've got a little change change. Good, so change the hands and just switch those feats you up on Demi pointe change change. Good job everybody. Let's have a try adding it all together from the beginning and seeing what we can remember so far. Remember, if you do want to pause, rewind, go through any bits that is completely fine. Do whatever is best for you when that music starts, we're just going to have a little step in tap, little freestyle, whatever feels best for you, and then when she starts to sing with coming forward, 2 steps 1/2 and point back Backbeat, hands. Dat, dat, dat, dat, dat, dat, dat dat, dat, again, forwards, and waive the arms back strong dat dat, dat, dat dat aan last time slide goods that turn. flick ball Change, flick ball change. flick ball change turn good. There's a fire. There's a fire ripple up within my soul beat. Beat good, ready to crisscross just one look good. Anna again crisscross beats ready for the big fan kick wow gallop Mamma Mia Bull change good up up down 10 you again. Mamma Mia. Scared flick flick drop. Twist. Get job very nice. OK if we are good to carry on we are going to take a little hop and we're going to circle sweep your left foot on the floor so you're going to do a little hot forwards and think of drawing a big circle with your big toe on the floor. So stretch then we're going to walk to the side, walk, walk and then drop drop drop. So it's like we go this way and then we change our minds so we've gone circle 1/2. Three and four to bring you back to the front good one more time. Just in case we've not got that, we do circle, Walk, walk forward, back front. Nice, then you're going to bring. Your hands together like this, the poms openrisc together even and they go round your head. Good, so nice big sweet ground. We then gonna open through Jazz 2nd and we're going to come up. Up down, so we're picking the feet. They go up, switch down so up into a nice high releve in parallel, right? So we've gone here round your head, step up, up, up, down, and when you step down you're going to push down and you're going to look down. OK, so everything goes down then there's a beat and your head is going to go. So nice strong head movement and look straight ahead of you. Good nice work. Let's try it from the gallop to Mamma Mia. Here we go 678 on a one and 2345 and 678123456 and 7/8 and I want 34567890123456 twist twist, new bit circle sweep, walk walk. Book an hicket round. Turn up up, push head. Good job, well done everybody from here so we've just pushed down heads, lifted our weight is forward or back. Foot is stretched. We're going to do a lovely big windmill with our arms and we're going to transfer our weight over. Get then we're going to take a nice little jealous that will change. So in parallel step ball change. If you've got lots of space, you can make it ginormous. If you've got a little bit of space, you can keep it as a tiny step ball change. OK, whatever works for you and the space that you have got today. So we've gone down an head windmill over over and step ball change good. We are going to do so. You should have your left foot forwards. That's it, and you're going to step on your back foot step step, so that's two steps to turn you around, so you're back facing the front. So after Windmill you do step ball change Anna step step so you change your weight. Nice good job everyone. OK, let's do it from the beginning up to there and then I've just got one last little section to teach you when that music starts, just have your little freestyle and then coming forward. 5678012345678 dot dot dot dot dot dot dot .01 C 34567 strong arms dat dat, dat, dat good again one C 345678 fast flick will change flick change flick change turn and there's a fire within my soul. Good work. Just one look good. An again crisscross beat. Lovely thank kick WOW 12345 and 67 E up and down. Turn again and no one and 2345 and 678 and a flick Anna turn. Anna crisscross big Circle Jump 12345 and six good hands around. 7-8 step turn up up, down head, windmill Arms over Lovely step will change this way. Step ball change Anna step step. Good job everyone. Well done so far. Last section to learn today everybody. So we've just turned to face the front. You're going to do a little ball change across full change to cross it over good so ball change lovely. Then we're going to do another step and you're going to go up onto a releve and you've got a little contraction in your abs. So think about coming forward up and see if you can hold it for a little moment so we do. 1234 Goodnight and again 6-7. Anna 1234 pop that foot down turn and we're finishing here. 2 switches, switch switch. So nice and strong pop. Those heels knee goes across goods over here and switch switch. Lovely, not finished. We're going to do a lovely big slide. We're going to finish on a fund you and stretch up and then on the last beat switch. So one hand on your thigh and the other hand stretched up to the ceiling. Take your head up and make sure you are stretching that foot to the side so you get gorgeous finishing position. Amazing good job and that's the whole routine. So let's market through from the beginning. Slowly I will try and do a bit of a mixture of some counts and the certain bits that go to the lyrics and then remember once you've done this, there's that separate video below where you can practice it with me and the music as many times. Here we go last time, so I'll talk it through with you. So you've got your little step. And then when she starts to sing, we're coming forwards 1C3, four point back. Good beats twist in open, twist in again, walk, walk and back back strong arms twist in open twist in open slides that turn step. Turns stretch out open, flick, ball, change, flick ball chang flick ball change that turn out for there's a fire. There's a fire within myself. Good crisscross, just one look good an again. Just one beat good big fan kick. Wow gallop, good step back good up. Turn. Resist yuan again. Mamma Mia full change good flick flick drop turn twist with big circle good walk walk drop drop drop round up up down throw it over step will change step ball change and a step step new bit ball change step flick downturn and beat beat slide. An app. Good job, well done everyone.
[Dance Tutorial Ends]
Thank you so much for watching everybody and for learning that routine with me today. I really hope you've enjoyed it. If you have, please drop me a comment below because I would love to hear from you. You can also connect with me over on Instagram and TikTok @stardustdanceacademy. Don't forget, there is also that music video below so you can practice it with me and the music as many times as you like. I hope you have fun at dancing this one at home. Happy Dancing!
Jazz (principles, terms)
ARCH [arch] - arch, back deflection of the torso.
ALLONGE, ARRONDIE [alonge, arondi] - the position of a rounded or elongated arm.
ASSEMBLE [assembly] - a jump from one leg to two is performed with the legs abducted in a given direction and collecting the legs during the jump together.
BODY ROLL [body roll] - a group of torso tilts associated with the alternate movement of the center of the body in the lateral or frontal plane (synonymous with 'wave').
BOUNCE [bounce] - springboard swaying up and down, mainly occurs either due to flexion and extension of the knees, or pulsating tilts of the torso.
BATTEMENT TENDU [batman tandu] - the movement of the leg, which is retracted to the toe forward, backward or to the side with a sliding motion. In modern jazz dance, it is also performed in parallel positions.
BRUCH [brush] - sliding or smearing the whole foot on the floor before opening the leg into the air or when closing into position.
CONTRACTION [contraction] - compression, reduction of the volume of the body and rounding of the spine, begins in the center of the pelvis, gradually capturing the entire spine, performed on exhalation.
CORKSCREW TURN - 'corkscrew' turns, in which the performer raises or lowers the level of rotation.
COUPE [coupe] - a quick substitution of one leg for another, serving as an impetus for a jump or other movement.
CURVE [curf] - bending the upper part of the spine (up to the 'solar plexus') forward or to the side.
DEEP BODY BEND [deep body band] - lean the torso forward below 90°, keeping the straight line of the torso and arms.
DEEP CONTRACTION [deep contraction] - a strong compression in the center of the body, in which all joints participate, i. e. this movement includes arms, legs and head.
DEGAGE [degage] - transferring the weight of the body from one leg to another in the second position (right, left) and in the fourth position of the legs (forward, backward), can be performed both with demi-plie and with outstretched legs. Synonym for shift.
DEMI-PLIE [demi-plie] - semi-squatting, in which the heels do not come off the floor.
DEMIROND [demi rond] - a semicircle with the toe of the foot on the floor forward and to the side, or back and to the side.
DROP [drop] - falling of a relaxed torso forward or to the side.
EN DEDANS [an dedan] - the direction of movement or turn towards oneself, inward.
EN DEHORS [an deor] - the direction of movement or turn from oneself or outward.
ECARTE [ekarte] - a pose of classical dance (a la seconde), turned diagonally forward or backward, the body is slightly deviated from the raised leg.
EPAULMENT [epolman] - the position of the dancer turned in 3/4 in bar 8 or bar 2; differs epaulement croise (closed) and epaulement efface (erased, open)
FLAT BACK [flat back] - tilt of the torso forward, to the side (by 90 °), back with a straight back, without bending the torso.
FLAT STEP [flat step] - a step in which the entire foot is simultaneously placed on the floor.
FLEX [flex] - reduced foot, hand or knees.
FLIK [flick] - a foot stroke on the floor to the supporting leg.
FOUETTE [fuette] - a turn technique in which the performer's body turns to a leg fixed in a certain position (on the floor or in the air).
FROG-POSITION [frog-position] - a sitting position in which the legs bent at the knees touch each other with the feet, the knees should be maximally opened to the sides,
GLISSADE [glissade] - ground sliding jump without leaving the floor moving right-left or forward-backward.
GRAND BATTEMENT [grand batman] - throwing a leg 90 ° and higher forward, backward or to the side.
GRAND JETE [grand jet] - jump from one foot to the other moving forward, backward or sideways. The legs open up to the maximum and take the position of 'split' in the air.
GRAND PLIE [gran plie] - full squat.
HIGH RELEASE [high release] - high expansion, a movement consisting of lifting the chest with a slight backward bend.
HINGE [hinch] - the position of the dancer, in which the straight, without bends, the torso leans back to the maximum distance, the knees are bent, the feet are on half-toes,
HIP LIFT [hip lift] - lifting the hip up.
NOR [hop] - step-jump, 'working' leg is usually in the 'knee' position.
JACK KNIFE [jack knife] - body position in which the torso leans forward, the back is straight, resting on the hands, knees extended, legs in the second parallel position, heels do not come off the floor.
JAZZ HAND [jazz hand] - the position of the hand, in which the fingers are tense and spread apart.
JELLY ROLL [jelly roll] - a pelvis movement, consisting of a small muscle contraction with a simultaneous slight turn of the pelvis to the right and left (synonymous with a pelvis shake.)
JERK-POSITION [jerk position] - a position of the hands in which the elbows are retracted behind the chest, the forearms are parallel to the floor.
JUMP [jump] - jump on two legs.
KICK [kick] - throw the leg forward or to the side by 45 ° or 90 ° through the developpe take-out,
LAY OUT [lay out] - a position in which the leg is open at 90° to the side or back, and the torso form one straight line.
LEAP [liip] - jump from one foot to another moving forward or sideways.
LOCOMOTOR [locomotor] - a circular movement of arms bent at the elbows along the torso.
LOW BACK [low back] - rounding of the spine in the lumbar-thoracic region.
Pas balance It is performed with the advancement from side to side, less often - back and forth.
PAS CHASSE [pa chasse] - an auxiliary jump with advancement in all directions, during which one leg 'catches up' with the other at the highest point of the jump.
PAS DE BOURREE [pas de bourree] - an auxiliary dance step, consisting of alternating steps from one foot to the other, ending in demi-plle. Synonym for step pas de bourree. In modern jazz dance, the position of sur le cou-de-pied is not fixed during pas de bourree.
PAS DE CHAT [pas de sha] - a jump, a cat's limiting jump. Legs bent at the knees are thrown back.
PAS FAILLJ [pa fail] - a connecting step, consisting of passing the free leg through the passing demlplie in I position forward or backward, then the weight of the body is transferred to the leg with some deviation from the vertical axis.
PASSE [passe] - a passing movement, which is a link when moving the leg from one position to another, can be performed in the first position on the floor (passepar terre), or at 45 ° or 90 °.
PIQUE [peak] - a light injection with the fingertips of the 'working' leg on the floor and lifting the leg to a given height.
PIROUTTE [pirouette] - rotation of the performer on one leg en dehors or en dedans, the second leg in the position sur le cou-de-pied.
PLIE RELEVE [plie releve] - the position of the legs on half-toes with bent knees.
POINT [point] - the extended position of the foot.
PRANCE [price] - movement for the development of foot mobility, consisting of a quick change of position 'half-lalse' and point.
PREPARATION [preparation] - a preparatory movement performed before the start of the exercise.
PRESS-POSITION [press position] - the position of the hands, in which the arms bent at the elbows with the palms touch the hips in front or side.
RELEASE [release] - expansion of the volume of the body, which occurs on inspiration.
RELEVE [relevé] - lifting on half-fingers.
RENVERSE [ranverse] - a sharp bending of the body, mainly from the pose of atitude croise, accompanied by pas de bouree en tournant.
ROLL DOWN [roll down] - a spiral downward-forward tilt, starting from the head.
ROLL UP [roll an] - a reverse movement associated with a gradual unwinding and straightening of the torso to its original position.
ROND DE JAM BE PAR TERRE [ron de jamb par terre] - a circle with an outstretched leg, touching the floor with your fingers.
ROVD DE JAM BE EN L 'AIR [ron de jamb anler] - circular movement of the lower leg (ankle) with a fixed hip, set aside to a height of 45 ° or 90°.
SAUTE [saute] - classical dance jump from two legs to two legs in I, II, IV and V positions.
SHIMMI [shimmy] - a spiral, twisting movement of the pelvis to the right and left,
SIDE STRETCH [side stretch] - lateral stretching of the torso, tilting the torso to the right or left.
SISSON OUVERTE [sisson overt] - a jump with flying forward, backward or to the side, upon landing one leg remains open in the air at a given height or in a given position.
SOUTENU EN TQURNANT [sutenu en turnan] - turn on two legs, starting with retracting the 'working* leg into the fifth position.
SQUARE [square] - four steps in a square: forward-to-side-back-to-side.
STEP BALL CHANGE [step ball change] - a connecting step, consisting of a step to the side or forward and two steps on the half-toes (a synonym for step pa de hour of its
SUNDARI [zundari] - head movement, which consists in shifting the cervical vertebrae to the right and left and
SURLE COU-DE-PIED [sur le cou-de-pied] - the position of the extended foot of the 'working' leg on the ankle of the supporting leg in front or behind
SWING - swinging with any part of the body (arm, leg, head, torso) in a special jazz rhythm.
THRUST [frast] - a sharp jerk of the chest or pelvis forward, sideways or backward.
TILT [tilt] - an angle, a pose at which the torso deviates to the side or forward from the vertical position, the 'working' leg can be open in the opposite direction by 90 ° and more.
TOMBE [tombe] - fall, transfer of the weight of the body to the open leg forward, to the side or back on the demi-plie,
TOUCH - side step or step on the half-toes without transferring the weight of the body.
TOUR CHANES [tour shenet] - performed on two legs diagonally or in a circle on high half-toes following one after another half-turns, in modern jazz dance can be performed on a full foot and in demi-plie.
TWIST - twisting and unwinding of a body part with "arrival" at the end point.
SPIRAL - the process of twisting and guiding the body through 45 degrees, or continuing twisting.
JAZZ is an energetic and expressive dance. Dancing JAZZ is a lot of fun and it also improves your coordination. Almost all the dances seen in musicals and musical films are JAZZ DANCE. Anyone can do JAZZ, regardless of height and weight.
At the jazz lesson you will be able to see the dance from the inside and learn to better understand and feel modern choreography, feel your own body in a new way and teach it to speak the expressive language of bright and expressive movements.
In the jazz class, work begins with a warm-up, followed by exercises that develop a sense of rhythm, which are very important for jazz. Part of the time is also devoted to practicing "isolated movements", that is, movements performed by separate parts of the body. Isolated movements are the foundation of jazz. The lesson is built from simple to complex and ends with the performance of the studied dance combination or improvisation.
Now the boundary between sport and art is quite arbitrary, sport and art often use each other's methods and means, thus complementing and enriching themselves.
Arriving at a sports club, we may face the problem of choosing one or another type of aerobics or fitness. What do we prefer? How to start improving your physical shape? And many more questions.
We want to have a good figure, masterfully move, improve our health and get emotional pleasure. Yes, we want to get everything in the complex at once. But how can we be? What kind of aerobics or fitness can satisfy all our requirements.
The answer to this question has long been found in the West. It's jazz dance! Why?…
Even now theater actors and variety artists in Russia widely use jazz dance techniques in their professional training. And such complex coordination sports as rhythmic gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming, acrobatics began to include elements of jazz dance in their training in order to improve their skills. The style of jazz dance is also widely used in demonstration performances.
Born in America, jazz has long been one of the cultural symbols of this country. However, the versatility and versatility of jazz made it famous in other countries as well. Theatrical performances, musicals and ballets, Hollywood films, cabaret shows and video clips, auditions and master classes - today jazz dance has a huge scope.
Its popularity is due to the fact that jazz dance lessons are present in the class schedule of each dance school, this subject is included in the program of the choreographic departments of art schools, colleges and universities. Jazz choreography is a huge range of genres and styles, and a jazz lesson is an excellent exercise that allows dancers to improve their performance technique.
However, not only professional dancers can practice jazz. The versatility of the jazz class is another reason for its immense popularity, because jazz is accessible to everyone! Within the framework of jazz technique, teachers are able to create lessons for professionals and amateurs, masters and beginners, children and adults. Jazz does not require the performers to have outstanding natural abilities and uses the natural motor skills of the human body in movement.
Jazz dance lesson includes aerobic exercise, which means it helps to lose weight and strengthen the cardiovascular system, trains all muscle groups, develops flexibility and endurance. During the lesson, students go through all groups of choreographic elements: jumps, batmans, rotations, falls and rolls, moves and other movements; master the principles of coordination and isolation movement of individual parts of the body, work on musicality and rhythm. Not a single jazz lesson repeats another, and depending on the preferences of the teacher and the tasks of the class, the performers even have the opportunity to try themselves in different styles: Afro-jazz, latin-jazz, blues, jazz-rock, jazz-modern.