Jazz

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Jazz Schedule

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:

Performance

Spring

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 Fall/Spring performance classes focus on jazz skills via two choreographed pieces for our December Recital and June Recital. For our Adult classes, this may vary–please confirm with the instructor.

Summer

RECREATIONAL 4-WEEK SERIES

Our Recreational 4-Week Series starts the week of July 15 and ends August 9.

Jazz (Ages 5-7): Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Jazz (Ages 8-10): Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Jazz (Ages 11+): Thursday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Jazz (Adult; Teen-Invitation Only): Thursday, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Our Summer performance classes focus on jazz skills via technique and combinations. While these classes are listed under “Performance,” they do not perform in a “Summer” recital. Rather, they prepare students interested in joining us for the Fall or Spring.

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Technique

Spring

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. 

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.

Summer

RECREATIONAL 4-WEEK SERIES

Competition/Performance Jazz Technique (July 15, 22, 29 & August 5): Monday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Improv (July 15, 22, 29 & August 5): Monday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

JAZZ TECHNIQUE SERIES

August 12
Studio A
Int./Adv. Strength & Stretch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Int./Adv. Jazz Technique: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Int./Adv. Jazz Combination: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Studio C
Beg./Int. Strength & Stretch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Beg./Int. Jazz Technique: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Beg./Int. Jazz Combination: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

August 14
Studio A
Int./Adv. Strength & Stretch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Int./Adv. Leaps & Turns: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Int./Adv. Lyrical Combination: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Studio C
Beg./Int. Strength & Stretch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Beg./Int. Leaps & Turns: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Beg./Int. Lyrical Combination: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

August 16
Studio A
Int./Adv. Strength & Stretch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Int./Adv. Improvisation: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Int./Adv. Contemporary Combination: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Studio C
Beg./Int. Strength & Stretch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Beg./Int. Improvisation: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Beg./Int. Contemporary Combination: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Technique series 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 and contemporary, as both disciplines do fall under the jazz umbrella.

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Summer

Our Instructors

Brandi Nichols
Brandi Nichols
Pre-Jazz, Jazz 1, Jazz 2&3; Jazz (Ages 5-7), Jazz (Ages 8-10), Jazz (Ages 11+), Jazz (Adult), Jazz Technique
Kelly Sullins
Kelly Sullins
Jazz Technique; Improv

FAQs

What should I wear to Technique?2018-05-28T18:04:47+00:00

The answer depends on what discipline you are attending.

For Acro, see the Acro dress code FAQ.

For Ballet, see the Ballet dress code FAQ.

For Hip Hop, see the Hip Hop dress code FAQ.

For Jazz, see the Jazz dress code FAQ.

For Tap, see the Tap dress code FAQ.

What should I wear to Jazz?2018-08-19T17:41:44+00:00

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.

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