Jazz dance offers a child the chance to keep fit and active while having fun. It is a creative and expressive activity that is often learnt alongside other dance forms, for example ballet and tap. Each style is individual but techniques learnt do compliment other forms. Jazz dance has a very definite style and some very specific moves - Jazz Hands, Kicks, Leaps, Sideway Shuffling, Rolled Shoulders, and Turned Knees to name but a few. It is a very dynamic form of dance which may provide your child with an enjoyable hobby and a great way to work off all that excess energy.
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There are many examination boards for dance. These are some examples.
The British Theatre Dance Association.
The BTDA is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training and Ofqual. They offer two types of exam; Graded exams and Medal tests. The main difference is that Graded exams are curriculum based and the student takes the exam alone (or in a small group) with an Examiner, while Medals are performance based exams taken in front of the examiner and an audience. Rose Awards (for younger children) are private like Graded exams and the candidates are accompanied by their teacher in the examination room.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
The ISTD is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards and is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training and Ofqual. The examination structure is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession (either as a performer or dance teacher) and for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity. Examinations and medals are available to take in numerous areas of dance including Modern Theatre Jazz.
The International Dance Teachers’ Association.
The IDTA is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7,000 members in 55 countries.
Professional Teachers of Dancing.
The PDT is an examining board and teaching society and is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training. Established in 1992, it is a not-for-profit society that covers a range of dance subjects both in the UK and abroad.
Dancing has a huge amount of health and fitness benefits. Jazz dancing builds up a lot of muscle, especially in the lower half of the body. It also develops poise, balance and grace with its quick, sharp and light movements. As Jazz dancing is often performed in a group the activity is a social and communicative one, building your child’s social and team skills. Live performances may also increase your child’s self-esteem, sense of achievement and confidence in public.
Chicago is a musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago. The original Broadway production opened June 3, 1975, at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances. It was choreographed by famous Jazz expert Bob Fosse and his style is strongly identified with the show.
The Academy Award-winning 2002 film version of the musical was directed by Rob Marshall and starred Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly and Queen Latifah. Chicago was a commercial success, grossing more than $306 million worldwide, and received universal acclaim. The opening song of the musical is ‘All That Jazz’, famously performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Jazz Dance: (Paramount Dance Studios) *Competition* - 6 young ladies (The Paramount Dancers) performing jazz in a dance competition.
Jessy Lipke 9 year old jazz solo: Flaunt It - Jessy Lipke (just 9 years old) performing her jazz solo ‘Flaunt It’.
He's A Tramp-Lady And The Tramp (with lyrics) - Jazz number ‘He’s a tramp’ from the classic film ‘Lady and the Tramp’. Not much dancing but a fabulous tune!