Jazz is an umbrella term that refers to several related dance styles including roots from tap, ballet, jazz music and African-American rhythms and dance. Originating from the African-American vernacular dance, jazz dance evolved from a number of influences including Vaudeville and Broadway. Notable choreographers and dancers of jazz dance include Katherine Dunham, Jack Cole, Bob Fosse and Gus Giordano.
Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions and combos.
Local Motion offers various levels of Jazz from Novice to Advanced. Most teams have a Jazz Performance class as part of their core curriculum, while the upper levels will incorporate Jazz Technique class.