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)

► Fundamental Principles of Jazz Dance Technique:

► Correct alignment

► Turnout and parallel positions of the legs and feet

► Body and arm positions

► Jazz dance vocabulary

► Safe and efficient dance techniques

► Jazz Dance Class, beginning level:

► Warm-up

► Axial movements

► Isolations

► Ballet based movements: plies, battements, rond de jambe

► Floor work

► Stretches

► Connecting movements

► Jazz walks

► Jazz turns

► Jazz jumps

► Dance combinations

► Structure of jazz dance class

► Dance class etiquette

► Jazz Dance Aesthetics:

► Energy and dynamics of movement

► Rhythmic variations and syncopation

► Spatial awareness

► Awareness of jazz dance styles


► Demonstrate correct technique and appropriate skills in beginning jazz dance steps and combinations:

► Warm-up sequences

► Plie sequences

► Battements

► Isolations

► Floor work

► Connecting steps

► Jazz walks

► Jazz turns

► Jazz jumps

► Traveling combinations

► Dance combinations

► Demonstrate jazz dance steps and combinations with variations in rhythm, dynamics, levels, and direction.

► Demonstrate improved control, strength, coordination, and flexibility in jazz dance.

► Demonstrate ability to learn, execute, and retain jazz dance steps and combinations from visual, aural, and kinesthetic cues.

► Demonstrate ability to reverse combinations.

► Examine and articulate ideas about a dance performance.