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Laura Hubble

on 23 July 2014

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Transcript of JAZZ DANCE

Aim of the Unit
Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic.
After the 1950s, pioneers such as Katherine Dunham took the essence of Caribbean traditional dance and made it into a performing art. With the growing domination of other forms of entertainment music, jazz dance evolved on Broadway into the new, smooth style that is taught today and known as modern jazz, while tap dance branched off to follow its own, separate evolutionary path. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse's work, which is exemplified by Broadway shows such as Chicago, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, and The Pajama Game. Modern jazz dance continues to be an essential element of musical theatre, and it can often be seen in music videos and competitive dance.

What musicals do you know that include a lot of dancing?
Distinction Criteria

D1 - Demonstrate the rhythm and time structures of jazz dance and music with inherent musicality.

D2 - Display an appropriate sense of jazz dance stylistic qualities in performance in relation to dynamics, placement and position with confidence.

D3 - Reproduce key features of a specified jazz dance style demonstrating high levels of skill and accomplishment.

D4 - Work with dedication during the rehearsal process, demonstrating self-discipline throughout.

D5 - Execute a jazz dance accurately with highly;y effective use of expression, interpretation and sense of style.
Learning Aims

A - Be able to demonstrate the relationship between jazz dance and music.

B - Be able to demonstrate key features of jazz dance styles.

C - Be able to perform combinations within the jazz style.

Always put in 110% effort

Everyone should leave dripping of sweat

Keep hydrated

Always make me aware of any injuries or pains

What is expected of you?
What is Jazz Dance?
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.
The term "Jazz" was first applied to a style of music and dance during World War I. Jazz in a dance form, however, originates from the vernacular dances of Africans when they were brought to the Americas on slave ships. This dance form developed alongside jazz music in New Orleans in the early 1900s. Beginning in the 1930s and continuing through the 1960s, Jazz dance transformed from this vernacular form into a theatre-based performance form of dance that required a highly trained dancer. During this time, choreographers from the modern and ballet dance worlds experimented with the jazz dance style. This includes choreographers like George Balanchine, , Jack Cole, Hanya Holm, Helen Tamiris, Michael Kidd, Jerome Robbins, and Bob Fosse. All of these choreographers influenced jazz by requiring highly trained dancers to perform a specific set of movements, which differed greatly from the colloquial form of New Orleans in the 1900s.

Jazz dance is one of the most popular dance styles, and can be seen in many commercial situations including television, movies, music videos and musical theatre. Jazz dancing showcases a dancer’s skills as it demands a high level of technical skill, rhythm, dynamic movement and stylistic interpretation. This unit aims to equip learners with the skills and techniques for them to develop a style in their approaches to jazz dance in class and for performance.
Bob Fosse
Jack Cole
Suitable clothing
Loose clothing
Jazz shoes

You will be expected to take part in weekly workshops which will enhance your skills within jazz dance.

You be be taught 2 contrasting routines, one by me and another by a visiting tutor. These will be performed to an audience.

You will learn a range of exercises which will strengthen your bodies and increase your ability as a dancer.

After each session you will be required to complete a journal entry. This is so you can follow your progress and will be used as evidence for this unit.

What have you done this session?
How did you find the task?
What are you strengths and weaknesses?
Any improvements from last week?
Targets for next week
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