Read a brief history of Jazz. Then watch the video with the tutorials of various jazz steps. Take your time to learn the different steps and practice them. Then choose 4 of the steps you learned to create a dance phrase. Use the flipgrid link below to show us your combination of steps.
What is jazz dance?
By: Brandon Ambrosino
Jazz dance is an umbrella term encompassing several different styles of dance that became popular in the early 20th-century. Though jazz dance has mixed roots extending back through both African and European traditions, it's a uniquely American creation, which developed simultaneously with jazz music in New Orleans.
Eventually this form of dance became popular. Social dances like the Charleston and the Jitterbug caught on. In the 1940s, the improvised, social aspect of jazz dance began to be replaced with intricate choreography as more dancers with training in ballet and Modern took up the dance form, especially on Broadway stages. This emerging style of technical jazz became codified in the movement of Jack Cole, Jerome Robbins, Gwen Verdon, and Bob Fosse.
Some recent and contemporary pioneers of jazz dance are Katherine Dunham, Michael Jackson, Luigi Faccuito, and Michael Bennett. Noted jazz choreographers on SYTYCD include Wade Robson, Mandy Moore, and Sonya Tayeh.
Some identifying elements of jazz dance include:
Howcast.com Jazz Moves for Beginners : Click the button below.
This channel is interesting because it a series of short and very clear 1-3-minute tutorials on different Jazz movements. Learn 4 steps or learn them all throughout the summer.