Jazz

All dance classes are held at Paradise Performing Arts Center @ 29 Shipman Street #202, Hilo HI 96720.

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Jazz I/II (Ages 8-14) Mondays 5:45 – 6:45pm
Students will learn basic steps from past generations of jazz dancers such as Jerome Robbins, Jack Cole, Janet Jackson, Katherine Dunham, and Michael Kidd. The warm-up and progressions will use classic jazz technique to develop students musicality, athleticism, alignment and performance. We will use this technical base to explore a variety of jazz styles, including classical, musical theater, jazz funk and lyrical/contemporary.

Instructor: Sarah Dunaway

Jazz Intermediate (Ages 8-14)  Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:15pm
This Intermediate Jazz class is for students with 2+ years of dance experience. Focus will be on strengthening technique in jumps, turns, flexibility, body awareness and breath. Choreography will explore several styles of dance such as Musical Theatre, Fosse, Swing, Salsa, Character, Improv and more to encourage a more well-rounded, technically strong, stylized dancer.

Instructor: Reina Dawn

Leaps N Turns (Levels II+Up) – Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:45pm
This class is intended for the experienced dancer of 3+ years in ballet and jazz. The main focus of this class will be on body awareness and strengthening that applies to proper alignment and muscle groups for jumps and turns.

Instructor: Reina Dawn

Keiki Jazz/Tap (Ages 4-7) – Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00pm
The focus will be on technique in both styles through warm-up, center floor and across the floor exercises creating a fun and dynamic learning environment for the children. Keiki dance classes provide children with opportunities for noncompetitive, success-oriented and creative experiences.

Instructor: Reina Dawn

Adult All Styles Dance (Beg/Int) – Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00pm
We will cover everything from breath, yoga, meditation and body mindfulness to ballet, tap, jazz, swing, salsa, disco, Fosse and anything else I have in my bag of tricks to share with you. This class will not only help you feel more comfortable on any dance floor, you will gain strength and flexibility, increase your cognitive and coordination skills through learning choreography and most importantly, learn to love yourSelf more with body awareness and Self care.

Instructor: Reina Dawn

Keiki Jazz/Creative Movement (Ages 3-7)  Fridays 4:30 – 5:30pm
Students will learn basic jazz dance moves such as jumps, turns, articulation, etc. We will use music from all different genres and artists such as Disney, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, etc.

Instructor: Sarah Dunaway

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Jazz dance is shared by a large range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance related to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz was a big hit in the early 1950s and it is still a well-loved style of dance all over the world. Improvisation was an important element in early forms of jazz dance, as it is an important element of jazz music. A few notable Jazz dance choreographers and dancers include: Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Jack Cole, Jerome Robbins, Katherine Dunham, Eugene Louis Facciuto and Jerome Robbins.

Lyrical Jazz dance is a style of dance created from the fusion of ballet with jazz and contemporary dance techniques and is a “cousin” to those styles. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song. Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer’s movements. The emergent lyrical style has a relatively recent history and a genesis based on the coming together of ballet with rock/folk/pop/alternative music and a variety of jazz dance styles and modern dance.