Andromeda Cheer & Dance

what is jazz?

What is jazz?

Jazz dance is a lively and expressive form of dance that originated in African American communities during the late 19th century. It has since evolved and branched into various styles and subgenres, offering a wide range of artistic expression. In our classes and jazz team, we focus on the more contemporary, modern jazz route, which blends ballet technique with elements of traditional jazz dance.

Contemporary jazz takes inspiration from classical ballet and incorporates it with the rhythmic and syncopated movements of traditional jazz. This fusion creates a dynamic and versatile style that allows dancers to explore a wide range of movements and expressions. Jazz dance is characterised by its emphasis on strength, flexibility, and musicality.
In jazz dance, dancers often engage in isolations, which involve moving specific body parts independently while maintaining control and fluidity. Isolations help develop body awareness and control, allowing dancers to execute precise and expressive movements.

The style of jazz dance can vary greatly, offering a diverse range of themes and moods. Some jazz dances are more serious and contemporary, exploring introspective themes and emotions. These routines often incorporate fluid and lyrical movements, showcasing the emotional depth of the dancers. On the other hand, jazz dances can also be upbeat and energetic, featuring high-energy jumps, turns, and intricate footwork. These routines are characterised by their infectious rhythm, infectious spirit, and showmanship.

Jazz dance is not only a technically challenging form of dance but also an enjoyable and exhilarating experience. The combination of expressive movements, rhythmic patterns, and dynamic choreography creates an engaging and entertaining atmosphere both for dancers and audiences alike. It allows dancers to explore their creativity, develop their individual style, and connect with the music on a deeper level.

If you have any questions about jazz dance or are interested in joining our jazz competitive team, we encourage you to get in touch with a coach today. Our experienced coaches are passionate about jazz dance and are ready to provide guidance, support, and further information to help you embark on your jazz dance journey.