Jazz

Children’s Jazz Classes

Jeté! Exploring Dance recognises that each child is an individual requiring individual physical and psychological attention and aims to make learning become easy, rewarding and a great joy.

Examinations are not held for any dance class; however a ‘Certificate of Attainment’ will be awarded to each student after a mid-year assessment.  The School emphasises the importance for children to understand and use the elements of dance, co-ordination and expressiveness in ways appropriate to the standard of achievement expected, rather than just testing whether or not a student knows the examination syllabus. Jeté! Exploring Dance believes that students should not be regarded as ‘passes’ or ‘failures’ in examinations, but rather as children who love to dance and who work to achieve both technically and creatively throughout the whole year’s work.

Beginner Jazz

Beginner Jazz classes provide a good foundation for jazz or, in fact, any form of physical activity, and is an excellent starting point for extending children’s experience in movement.

Most young children enjoy moving in an expressive way and Kinder Jazz provides an ideal environment for extending their experience in movement until it embraces a more formal dance style/s.

Kinder Jazz encompasses steps and exercises to assist in the development of the following:

  • Locomotor and non-locomotor movements (co-ordination)
  • Body awareness (isolation and control)
  • Spatial awareness
  • Movement qualities
  • Rhythm and timing

As very young children are not able to concentrate for long periods of time, the class exercises are divided into short and simple sections, rather than long complicated ones. Repetition of steps and exercises, which have been developed logically, are used to give the children a sense of security in the lesson, while at the same time allowing them to make definite progress. Kinder Jazz helps children gain self-discipline as well as encourage them to be expressive and confident in their movement.

Junior Jazz

Beginner then Junior Jazz classes are the next progressions from Kinder Jazz, where children learn to ‘harness’ their energy and bring their movement under conscious control, while at the same time retaining a joy of moving. As the student progresses through each level, the class content becomes more complex and challenging so that basic skills already learned in Kinder Jazz are further developed. This is achieved by teaching them how to isolate and co-ordinate simple movements, individually, then in combination with other movements. A clearly defined programme of work can be achieved in one year through teaching progressions that are added at appropriate times in a pattern of logical development. Enjoyment of movement and enthusiasm for mastering it and exploring its possibilities is fostered in Beginner and Junior Jazz classes.

Jazz Dance has become accepted as good for co-ordination, body-awareness, flexibility and control, agility, strength, stamina and self-confidence.

The basic jazz lesson is loosely constructed as follows:

  1. Warm-up (aerobic)
  2. Exercises for isolation and co-ordination
  3. Strength and stretching exercises
  4. Turning
  5. Travelling steps
  6. Dance Routine
  7. Cool-down

Intermediate Jazz

Intermediate Jazz classes are designed to extend student’s movement repertoire from skills learned in Beginner and Junior Jazz.   Jazz dance at Intermediate, Senior and Advanced levels requires an ability to concentrate and comprehend complex movements, rhythms and spatial patterns and extends technique learned in earlier classes.

Benefits of Jazz dance include:

  • Body-awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Cardio-vascular
  • Agility
  • Self-discipline
  • Rhythm (music/timing)
  • Correct posture
  • Creativity
  • Ease of movement and assurance

The basic jazz lesson is loosely constructed as follows:

  1. Warm-up (aerobic)
  2. Exercises for isolation, control and co-ordination
  3. Strength and stretching exercises
  4. Turning
  5. Travelling steps and movement sequences
  6. Dance Routine
  7. Cool-down

Advanced Jazz

Advanced Jazz classes are designed to extend student’s movement repertoire from skills learned in Beginner and Junior Jazz. Jazz dance at Intermediate, Senior and Advanced levels requires an ability to concentrate and comprehend complex movements, rhythms and spatial patterns and extends technique learned in earlier classes.

Benefits of Jazz dance include:

  • Body-awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Cardio-vascular
  • Agility
  • Self-discipline
  • Rhythm (music/timing)
  • Correct posture
  • Creativity
  • Ease of movement and assurance

The basic jazz lesson is loosely constructed as follows:

  1. Warm-up (aerobic)
  2. Exercises for isolation, control and co-ordination
  3. Strength and stretching exercises
  4. Turning
  5. Travelling steps and movement sequences
  6. Dance Routine
  7. Cool-down

Instructors

Ellie Ellison

Diploma of Performing Arts, Certificate in Teaching A.D.A.P.

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Jazz Classes Timetable

Monday

Beginner Jazz
Studio 1 Mt. Helen
Ellie Allison
Junior Jazz
Studio 1 Mt. Helen
Ellie Allison
Intermediate Jazz
Studio 1 Mt. Helen
Ellie Allison
Senior Jazz
Studio 1 Mt. Helen
Ellie Allison
Advanced Jazz
Studio 1 Mt. Helen
Ellie Allison

Wednesday

Beginner Jazz
Studio 3 Lucas
Ellie Allison
Intermediate Jazz
Studio 3 Lucas
Ellie Allison

Thursday

Adult Beginner Jazz
Studio 3 Lucas
Ellie Allison