posted on November 13, 2009 13:17
This jazz dance class at Melba’s School of Dance and Gymnastics is designed for the students’ enjoyment and allows our young students to get down and get groovy. We use upbeat and funky, kid-friendly music to get us moving.
The jazz dance class begins with a series of simple stretches and strengthening exercises. Melba’s students continue across the floor with basic progressions that eventually lead up to short combinations that are repeated on the right and left side. Their memorization skills really improve as they recall dance material learned from previous weeks.
Jazz dance students at Melba’s quickly begin to distinguish right from left and they are introduced to “spotting” for turns. The music used in class gives them a sense of rhythm and the various steps used in a jazz class help to strengthen their bodies and improve both their overall coordination and flexibility.
This Melba’s jazz class usually moves at quite a fast pace, therefore, the students really learn to listen carefully and follow directions. With repetitive drills, instructors can clearly see an improvement in concentration levels from the beginning of the year to the end. Young jazz dancing is just the right tool for healthy, creative growing. The benefits are endless.