Jazz dancing is fast and energetic! It can be performed with any type of upbeat music, from rhythm-and-blues to rock-and-roll. Jazz consists of learning basic-to-advanced technique, such as turns, leaps, kicks, jumps and steps. Choreography varies from instructor to instructor, but often integrates historical methods created by many of the former jazz greats, such as Bob Fosse.
GDSC’s Jazz program consists of the following classes:
Pre-Jazz (Ages 5-7): Tuesday, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Jazz 1 (Ages 8-10): Wednesday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Jazz 2 & 3 (Ages 10+): Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Our performance classes focus on jazz skills via two choreographed pieces for our December Recital and June Recital.
For our Teen/Adult classes, this may vary–please confirm with the instructor.
Beg. Jazz Technique: Wednesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Int./Adv. Jazz Technique: Tuesday, 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Required for Competition Team and Performance Company Jazz, L/C and M.T. dancers.
Our jazz technique classes address crucial aspects of the art form, which include strength, flexibility, body awareness and placement. Though principally focused on jazz-based skills, these classes may integrate lyrical, contemporary and musical theater, as all aforementioned disciplines do fall under the jazz umbrella.
Please note: Though our technique classes do not typically perform, we may receive requests to do so and will therefore accommodate based off a majority need. Please contact admin or the appropriate instructor to confirm.
Form-fitting dance attire, i.e., black jazz pants/leggings, spandex shorts (appropriate length please), leotard, form-fitting tank tops, form-fitting t-shirts, etc.; “Bloch Super Jazz Slip-On” tan jazz shoes (boys and girls); tan dance tights for performances (please, no nylons); hair pulled back
Shopping Recommendations: GDSC suggests Encore Dance Supply if you’re interested in shopping locally. If you don’t mind online shopping, Just for Kix and Discount Dance Supply are also great resources for dance apparel.