Our jazz classes start at age 8 and older. It is the Academy’s opinion (based on scientific studies) that children should not be introduced to the strenuous nature of jazz (or ballet, or tap) until then because younger than that, their little bodies, bones, and muscles are not ready to handle the precise movements. Our student’s safety and well-
Jazz dance is difficult to define as it encompasses many types of dance and expression. Historically, Jazz developed slowly and tended to be directly related to cultural fads so, in this way, jazz dance has a constantly changing style. Jazz is a purely American form of expression that roots in African-
The Academy of Expressive Dance follows the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association jazz syllabus and jazz terminology. Please see our dress code information sheet on what you will require for your level of class.
Jazz class always begins with a pre-
Beginner Levels (1-
Intermediate Levels (3 to 6 years of training) expand the vocabulary of steps/exercises and structures become more complex. A variety of music styles are introduced, there is less repetition, and tempos increase. There is a reinforcement to develop clean “lines” and proper body placement.
Advanced Levels (6 years or more of training) , steps have dramatically increased in difficulty, attention is given to directional changes and traveling within the framework of the rhythm, complex turns and increased vocabulary are learned. There is an emphasis on “flash” steps and developing greater technique, speed and diversity of styles.
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South Mountain, ON K0E 1W0
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