Jazz combines many styles and techniques from ethnic and contemporary dance, to ballet. Rhythm, upon which all dance forms depend, is particularly integral to jazz dance. Classes consist of a warm up with exercises which stretch and tone muscles and develop support for proper stress-free alignment of the skeletal structure. Using upbeat music, jazz classes are a great work-out and a fun way to release tension while attaining a body awareness that can be applied to everyday activities. As a student progresses through the levels of Jazz study, he or she will focus on breathing, basic stretches, isolations and walks. The student will advance into combinations with stress on proper technique. The fundamentals of strong Jazz technique will be learned through proper body placement and strength, as the fluidity and smoothness of movements and transitions increase. As dancers advance, they learn difficult skills like pirouette turns, leaps, jumps and floor work. Students gain a working knowledge of terminology, as well as its accurate execution, as they learn to enjoy this expressive form of dance. Jazz classes at DDAC are high-energy classes that focus on technique, musicality, isolations, and flexibility with a warm-up, across the floor work, and center combinations.
Tan or Pink Tights with a Leotard or Leggings/ Dance Shorts with a Leotard/Fitted Tank Top. Hair should be pulled back and out of the face. Boys should wear black bottoms and a white or black T-shirt. Dancers should have Tan Jazz Shoes. Boys should have Black Jazz Shoes.