Beginning Jazzdance Technique
This course provides an introduction to the study of jazzdance technique and exposure to the eclectic range of jazzdance from its African roots to the fusion of styles today. The warm-up integrates elements of foundational dance technique with the stylization and rhythmic complexity characteristic of jazzdance. The course focuses on developing strength, flexibility, coordination and clarity in movement. Students will learn jazz dance styles in relationship to the musical forms which inspired them (such as jazz, swing, and blues). The course emphasizes signature elements of jazzdancing such as syncopation, initiation of movement from multiple locations within the body, isolations of various body parts, and expressiveness. The course’s goals are to explore the traditions of jazz dance and its unique American heritage; to learn the elements of jazzdance and its stylistic range from the inherent influence of African dance through the American vernacular forms of the 20th century to the contemporary styles of today; to explore the fundamental connection between music and movement in jazzdance; and to develop foundational movement technique and skills, including an understanding of correct alignment, correct use of breath, coordination, and depth of physicality.