Jazz is a flavorful dance full of attitude and pizazz. It’s shared by a large variety of dance styles, and comes from a blend of modern dance, ballet, latin styles of dance, caribbean traditional dance, african american vernacular, swing, and the list goes on and on. Throughout history, jazz has always stayed on par with popular music, heavily influenced by the different genres that have flooded our airwaves in the past century.
A significant characteristic that has remained constant in the jazz world is the syncopated rhythm adapted in the early twentieth century by Louis Armstrong, as well as improvisation, which is a prominent characteristic of jazzmusic as well. Jazz is often performed with a low center of gravity and high levels of energy that is always exciting. Leg strength and stamina are important attributes of dance that our students really get to work on as they master the art of jazz dance.
At the Miami Dance Project, jazz is a chance for students to let loose and have fun, while connecting with each other and the audience in the process. This is why we pride ourselves in being the best jazz dance studio in Miami. We understand jazz as a social dance that requires knowledge in the fundamentals of ballet and modern dance. Jazz is an important part of our dance education because it enables students to get loud in their dance, show their personalities, and feed off of one another’s energies to fuel their own. It also focuses on the importance of ballet and modern dance, as these techniques are not only important to jazz dance, but also to contemporary and acro as well.
Because of it’s happy nature, is important for us to foster this type of dance not only in their growth and education of dance, but also as an active part of their community, supporting one another and lifting each other up through the highs and lows of life. Our mission at the Miami Dance Project is based upon positivity, support, and a love for dance, and jazz fully envelops those attributes that are at the core of our facilities.