Jazz is an exciting and ever-evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion, and life. Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet, and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever-evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday.
Jazz dancing style is one of the most renowned dancing styles that have emerged since end of the First World War. The credit for the popularity of jazz dance can be attributed to its display in movies and in television shows. Jazz dancing highlights an individual's own ability to dance freely. Its style is free of all stiffness. It is, rather, a free dancing style.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Develop basic jazz dance skills and kinesthetic awareness in jazz dance technique.
Identify and apply the principles of jazz dance technique and vocabulary.
Explore and appreciate jazz dance as an art form.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Attendance, participation, and effort
Demonstrate knowledge and skills in beginning jazz dance technique.
Written and/or practical evaluation
Paper or project on jazz dance.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)