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Basic Jazz Technique


Basic jazz technique is one of the most important parts of jazz and contemporary dancing. Jazz technique comes from the fundamentals of ballet and is adapted to more parallel positions for jazz. Core, shoulders, arms, supporting legs, proper posture- These are all rooted from ballet! For example, a jete in jazz is the same as a jete in ballet; we just to do it to groovier music. The preparation, the take off, the legs… they are all rooted from ballet technique. When the jazz teacher makes you do a jump, they will give you the "coles notes" version of the proper ballet technique associated with that jump. In advanced classes you would be expected to already know the technique behind the steps they are giving you in class, but in beginner classes you can expect to learn the ballet basics to the technical element. In class you get to drill the basic moves either in the center or across the floor working both your right and left sides. Basic moves being kicks, jumps, and turns. Taking this class helps you build, work on, and maintain your basic jazz technique moves and you can bring it along with you into any other class you choose to take. Sometimes the teacher will give you corrections to assist you in doing the moves correctly so that you can only get better and better! Working on those ballet fundamentals in jazz is really fun, especially if you aren’t a ballet music fan. Jazz is way more relaxed. The more you practice the more improvement you will see and this class is the perfect place to do just that- get down to the basics and work at them!


Sexy Street Jazz


Sexy street jazz is such an awesome class. It’s a class where you get to let loose and have a lot of fun. You get to dance to popular or classic top 40 songs, which always makes the class just that much better. My favourite part about it is it’s a class where you get to dance feminine and- as the name states- sexy. Sexy street jazz is like hip hop, but you don’t have to worry about it being gangster and masculine if you aren’t comfortable with that style. There is always a promise for the dance to be feminine and the classes are a guaranteed good time. Sometimes people wear heels to class- if you are comfortable with this, you can too! Sometimes the combo you learn in class will be what’s called “tourography”. Tourography is dancing like you are a backup dancer for an artist on tour. It’s feel good and crazy fun. There are different levels of sexy street jazz offered at Harbour so make sure you take note of them before taking a class. Most teachers will teach slow and explain everything really well so the overall class isn’t too overwhelming. Sexy street jazz is one of my favourite classes and I highly suggest trying one out!



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