• Jazz

  • Jazz is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Every dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun. Consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.  Jazz dance itself is a combination of classical ballet moves mixed with steps from American popular culture, including African and Celtic dance influences. Classes include a warm-up, barre exercises, stretching exercises, steps, routines, a dance and finally a cool down. We use modern music that the students relate to and enjoy. Competitions for individuals are available. Ribbons are awarded for achievement throughout the year. Jazz classes start from the age of 5 years to adult. 

  •  Jazz Positions

    • First position parallel:  Feet about 8" apart with toes facing front.
    • First position turned out:  Heels together, toes facing the diagonal.
    • Second position:  Feet side by side @ 24" apart (can be parallel or turned out).
    • Second position arms:  Arms to the side at just below shoulder height.
    • Fourth position parallel:  1 foot in front of the other with 10" between them.
    • Fourth position turned out:  1 foot in front of the other, toes diagonal.
    • Lunge:  2nd or 4th position where only one knee is bent and the other straight.
    • Plié:  A knee bend with careful alignment of the knees and torso.
    • Pretzel:  Sitting, 1 leg is crossed over the other and bottom one is tucked in bent.
    • Retiré or passé:  Toe of one leg touches the knee of the standing leg.