Jazz has become of the most popular styles of dance from it’s popularity in TV shows, movies and music videos. Jazz is a very energetic and strong style of dance for both males and females. Most musicals use jazz for most of their routines, therefore Jazz as a style receives a lot of exposure.
Leaps, jumps and turns are main steps in Jazz dancing (whether you are doing Musical Theatre Jazz or Modern Jazz). Some of these leaps and turns are referred to as:
- Grande Jetes
- Turning jumps
- Tour Jetes
Jazz has many different styles, characters and costumes. Unlike Ballet and Hip Hop, Jazz can be made up from any inspiration, using any music and any costume. It is a style of dance with very little rules on what you can and cannot do. Jazz is a style that really allows people to express themselves and perform the pieces in their own way using their own styles and personalities.
Flexibility is a large part of Jazz, however many great dancers were fantastic at jazz without great flexibility or technique. This is true because even though a lot of kicks, leaps and jumps are heavily used in Jazz, Jazz does not have any rules that you have to use them in a piece for it to be called Jazz.
One of the world’s greatest choreographers “Bob Fosse” had very bad technique and flexibility so he made his own style and take on Jazz dancing to suit his body and movement. Some of his pieces are still on stage to this day and his work has inspired many other pieces and choreographers. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy Jazz so much. As a dancer who does not have the best technique it’s the best feeling when you are in a class and can just dance freely without the stress that your leg does not go as high as the person next to you.
I’ll upload one of my favourite “Fosse” dances, so let me know what you think about his style!!