Jazz dance is a form of personal expression created and sustained through improvisation.
It has a heritage that can be traced to its African origin through a period
of American vernacular dance to today's theatrical dancing. It has certain defining
characteristics, including improvisation, isolation, a centrifugal explosion
of energy that radiates outward from the hips & center, and a propulsive
rhythm that gives an often swinging, high-energy quality to the movement.
Jazz dance technique focuses on placement and alignment of the body, footwork,
stretches, musicality, isolations, turning, jumping and other preparatory work
necessary for establishment of a technical foundation. Different varieties of
Jazz dance and well-known choreographer's works in areas like Musical Theatre,
show-style, Broadway, funky-jazz, television & movie-styles are explored.