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Jazz Dance Technique For Intermediate Students


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Last month we presented jazz for beginner students. This month we will focus on the 3rd and 4th year students.

 At this level, if they are not already taking ballet, it will be highly recommended that the students take at least 2 ballet classes in addition to their jazz classes. This can sometimes be a bit of a sticking point for some students but once they see that the technique they gain from taking ballet will enhance their jazz dancing very often they have a change of heart. We have a policy at our studio that if you take level 2 jazz you will need to take at least one ballet class. In most cases students will go with your recommendation. If they have been taking classes for more then two years they obviously have some interest in dance and will understand that if they want to get to the next level, even if they are recreational dancers, they will need some ballet technique.

Keep adding more stretching exercises. The focus here will be on control and strengthening.

 Level II Technique

TIP: Highlight when it is being taught.then circle each # when the class has mastered the step.

It is best to teach it in the order given. 1&2 should be focused on in each class. At this level ballet should be stressed as the key to their development.

1. Developes. Each class some develope exercise should be given and focus should be on placement of hip and arms.

 2. Balance and control. Balance on two feet and one foot in pass, coupe and leg extended. Focus should be on the core muscles.

3. Grand Battements in all directions. Center, traveling down the barre or across the floor. Focus on feet, control of upper body, arms and leg.

4. Double pirouettes. Center or across the floor. Introduction of en dedans pirouettes. 4 walks outside turn into inside turn.

 5. Chaine turns. Traveling across the floor. 2 chaine turns into step together step together, repeat.

6. Pique turns. Add two pique turns to the combination above. 2 chaine turns, step together 2 times, 2 pique turns

7. Coupe, chasse, pas de bourree, glissade, grand jete. Focus first on the steps as a preparation, then add the leap.

8. Leap in Second. Same prep as above, add low leap then build.

9. Saut de Basque. Two chasses into two saut de basques. You can combine two chaines with two saut de basques.

10. Compass Turn. Three quick runs, right left right, reverse to the left. Step onto right foot into compass turn to the right and chasse across with left to finish then reverse entire exercise. Focus on arms. One is the stabilizer and the other one will initiate the turn.

11. Tour en l'air. In the center, one pas de bourree, one kick ball change, pirouette en dehors, small jump in jazz 1st into tour en l'air in the same direction as the pirouette, step out. Repeat on other side.

12. Extended leg pirouette. 3 walks, right left right into preparation for pirouette, en dehors with right leg stretched forward, step into 2nd. Reverse.


Steve Sirico

Steve Sirico

Steve is co-founder of Dance Teacher Web the number one online resource for dance teachers and studio owners worldwide.He is Co-Director of the very successful D'Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Center in Fairfield, CT for the past thirty plus years. His students have gone on to very successful careers in dance, music and theater. Originally from Norwalk, Ct, Steve excelled in track and football. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin on a sports scholarship. Deciding to switch and make his career in the world of dance, he studied initially with Mikki Williams and then in New York with Charles Kelley and Frank Hatchett. He has appeared in a number of theatre productions such as Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls and Mame in New York and around the country and in industrials and television shows. He was contracted to appear as the lead dancer in the Valerie Peters Special a television show filmed in Tampa, Florida. After meeting Angela DValda during the filming they formed the Adagio act of DValda & Sirico appearing in theatres, clubs and on television shows such as David Letterman, Star Search and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In 1982 they were contracted to Europe and appeared in a variety of shows in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Italy before going to London, England where they appeared as Guest Artists for Wayne Sleep (formerly of the Royal Ballet) in his show Dash at the Dominium Theatre. Author of his Jazz Dance syllabus and co-author of a Partner syllabus both of which are used for teacher training by Dance Educators of America, He has also co-authored two books one for dance teachers and one for studio owners in the "It's Your Turn" Book series. He is available for master classes, private business consulting and teacher training development

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