Jazz Dance Classes
Sick of going to the gym? Want a work out that stimulates your mind as well as your body? Then Jazz dance is for you! Jazz is a funky, fun style of dance that has you leaping across the room, doing fancy footwork & using your arms to frame the movement. In jazz we work on strengthening & stretching techniques, turns, leaps, kicks & fun combinations. This energetic dance style is the best way to get a sweat up & have some fun at the same time!
Jazz dance is shared by a large range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance related to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s. 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. Jazz was a big hit in the early 1950s and it is still a well-loved style of dance all over the world.
Contemporary dance began at the start of the 20th century when US dancer Isadora Duncan (1878–1927) broke away from ballet and developed her own, more natural style. Contemporary dance has many different styles, some of them closely linked to music, such as jazz, rock and roll, and hip-hop.
Contemporary dance is a catch-all phrase used fairly indiscriminately, meaning many things to different dance communities across a wide range of cultures. In fact, it’s probably easier to say what contemporary dance is not than what it is.
But a good place to start is by thinking of it as a genre in its own right, with different styles that can be housed under one roof.