Jazz (including Modern Jazz and Lyrical Jazz), is a commercial dance form usually performed to popular music. Emphasizing presentation, extension of the limbs, and isolations of the torso, jazz ranges from lyrical to highly athletic and even acrobatic styles. Jazz dance training gives all dancers a broader dynamic range of style and vocabulary of movement.
Jazz Dance for the very young child:
For students up to age 7, Caulfield School of Dance offers introduction to Jazz dance skills in Stage courses. Stage dance courses include Jazz/ Lyrical dance styles, Hip Hop, some Modern/ Contemporary dance technique, and basic Acrobatic skills, all with an emphasis on expression.
For ages 4 to 7, our Pre-Primary/Primary Stage programs are once-a-week courses which provide an introduction to Stage Dance. The children prepare a performance piece drawing on the skills learned in the course for our annual spring stage production, an exciting experience that develops memory, musicality, team building, and self-confidence.
Jazz Dance for students aged 8 and up:
Jazz performing courses offer modern jazz technique and prepare a performance piece in either a conventional (upbeat, and relatively percussive), stage (often referred to as “Broadway” style), lyrical (more flowing and often emotionally expressive), or contemporary (utilizing more inventive and Modern/Contemporary technique based movements) style, for our annual spring stage production. Some levels also compete.
Jazz Technique courses are “Technique only” in that they only focus on developing dance (especially jumps, kicks, and turns) skills, co-ordination, strength (especially of the core), and acrobatic skills. Technique courses do not prepare pieces for performing. Because they so effectively promote improvement in many crucial dance skills areas, all dance students are well advised to take a Jazz Technique course every year.
Taking a Modern/Contemporary Technique course is advisable for all advanced dance students as it develops improvisation, floor work, and other skills that are increasingly necessary for all forms of dance.
Because ballet is the root form of most of the technical elements of Modern/Contemporary dance, Ballet Technique training is indispensable for any level of mastery in Modern/Contemporary dance. Students taking any Modern Jazz or Modern/Contemporary courses are well advised to take Acro Technique courses too.
Private or Semiprivate instruction available* in all disciplines to develop skills or to prepare performing pieces.
Adult Modern Jazz courses also available.
* Subject to scheduling availability.