Jazz

Fall Semester August 12th -December 8th, 2019

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

Beg/Int. Jazz (Ages 7-14) Mondays 5:45 – 6:45pm
Students aged 7 through 14 will learn basic jazz dance moves such as jumps, turns, leaps, floor work, isolation, etc. The students will learn body discipline throughout the semester in order to prevent injuries. Throughout the semester the students will learn that dance is a healthy and enjoyable learning environment that allows them to experience freedom in a safe way. We will use music from all different genres and artists such as Disney, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul etc.
$170 Semester Tuition
Instructor: Sarah Dunaway

 

Jazz I/II (Ages 8 + Up)  Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00pm
This class is for the students with 1-2 years of dance experience. Focus will be on strengthening the Jazz dancers foundational technique in positions, foot work, arm movement, rhythm, body awareness and breath. Choreography will explore several styles of dance such as Musical Theatre, Fosse, Swing, Salsa, Character, Improv and more…encouraging a more well-rounded, technically, stylized dancer. Strongly suggest students be enrolled in a Ballet technique class to coincide with this class. Students will be evaluated in the first 2 weeks of class to ensure it’s a good fit for their dance learning experience. Children will also learn basic Mindfulness techniques to help children tune into their bodies, their senses and learn how to breathe to help keep them balanced.
$170 Semester Tuition

Instructor: Reina Dawn

Keiki Ballet/Jazz (Ages 4-7) – Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm
Focus will be on technique in Ballet and Jazz combining both styles in warm-up, center floor and across the floor technique exercises creating a fun and dynamic learning environment for the children. Small choreographed pieces will periodically be taught to promote cognitive learning skills as well as utilizing creative skills through improvisation. Children will also learn basic Mindfulness techniques to help children tune into their bodies, their senses and learn how to breathe to help keep them balanced.
$170 Semester Tuition
Instructor: Reina Dawn
Adult All Styles Dance – Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30pm
This class will be one of a kind, like no others I’ve ever seen and I’M EXCITED!!!
My intention for this class is to get more and more people on the dance floors who have “always wanted to dance” ~ said by so many! 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. Let this class be the first step on your Self-Love journey or if you’re already on that journey a great way to honor it! I look forward to us creating an adult dance community that allows us to be creative, vulnerable, more Self expressive, open, flexible (literally!) and FUN!
$255 Semester Tuition

Instructor: Reina Dawn

Keiki Jazz/Creative Movement (Ages 3-6)  Fridays 4:00 – 4:45pm
Students aged 3 through 6 will learn basic jazz dance moves such as jumps, turns, articulation, isolation, etc. The students will learn body discipline throughout the semester in order to prevent injuries. Throughout the semester the students will learn that dance is a healthy and enjoyable learning environment that allows them to experience freedom in a safe way. We will use music from all different genres and artists such as Disney, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, etc.
$170 Semester Tuition
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.