Jazz has always been one of the most admired dance styles, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. Jazz offers an array of styles ranging from funky to traditional jazz. Jazz derives its soul from the expression of rhythm and musicality. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.
The jazz curriculum teaches the dancer to adapt to total body movement, isolated movement and interpretation of various music trends. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. The structure of this dance form is based on strength, flexibility, and technique.
Classes begin with a thorough conditioning warm-up, which prepares the muscles, develops strength and prevent injuries. The conditioning warm-up becomes more intense as the level increases. Center control is important in jazz technique. The body's center is the focal point from which all movement emanates, thus making it possible to maintain balance while executing powerful movements.