Jazz (5 to 17 years)

Course: Jazz
Age: 5 years +
Location: Portsdown & East
Teachers: Josh Kiernan & Daisy Cole (Teacher Bios click here)
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The classes will move forward focusing on Jazz dance from it’s roots in America, and is based on James RobeyTM curriculum.

Taking this approach offers us the opportunity to study and experience the work of the originators of Jazz dance, as we know it today, and the foundation of Jazz dance technique and choreography styles.

The technique of Jazz will be instructed to give the dance students the skill to be grounded, using more parallel and turned in positions, using the plié, which allows the body to be closer to the floor. Pure Jazz is about speed, sharpness and isolations as well as extension of movements and covering as much floor space at a rapid rate.

As we look at different choreographers or more general styles – we will send out to parents’ links or references for your information and for the students to share and discuss.

The classes will be formed to innately impart the understanding to the students to learn to listen to the body and understand how the body works – this supports the focus on injury prevention through correct technique. The classes will be formed to start with warm up, and build through a range of techniques that will be reinforced through choreography, and finally stretching again to complete the session.

We offer two class forms:

1) For those who wish to take exams
The students will be entered into the level suitable for age and ability

2) Jazz classes that focus on technique and aim to inspire a love of dance – designed for students who either do not want to take an external exam or are undecided but would like to try jazz as a dance form.

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