• Jazz and Contemporary Jazz Program Classes

  • Please call the Academy for a current schedule:  (630) 495-4940

    Jazz Dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles.  Until the mid 1950’s, Jazz dance referred to the dance styles that originated from the African American vernacular dance of the late 19th century to the mid-20th centuray.  Jazz dance evolved over time to spawn a diverse range of social and concert dance styles.  During the later jazz age, popular forms of jazz dance included the Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Charleston, Jitterbug, Boggie Woogie, Swing and the related Lindy Hop.  Today, many of these dance styles are still popular and continue to be practiced and taught.  At The Academy, Students are taught steps from the “roots” of Jazz in our combination Tap and Jazz Classes.

  • In our “Contemporary Jazz” classes, the influences of Acro, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop are combined to create today’s style of innovative Contemporary Jazz.  As in most forms of dance, ballet technique is the foundation for all Jazz and Contemporary Jazz dance movement.  In particular, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz dancers benefit from a sound working knowledge of Ballet and Modern technique and should make the study of Ballet and Modern a priority to enhance and understand proper Jazz and Contemporary Jazz technique.

  • Beginning Jazz/Tap Technique
    (5-6 yr old)

    All beginning Jazz classes are taught as part of the Combo Classes which also incorporate Tap for rhythm and coordinate skills for the young dancer.  The Jazz portion of the class will focus on pirouettes, chainés, footwork combinations, and an introduction to leaps, jumps, and floor work.  This is a great class for the beginner and fast beginner level student.  Basic Tap is also taught combining steps learned into short combinations which build a repertoire of steps, by using songs and dance movements, learning basic formations and occasional props; skills are developed in both dance disciplines so a routine(s) can be prepared for The Academy school performance.

  • Jazz I (6-8 yr old)

    Beginning & Advanced Beginner studies continue to evolve & prepare the young jazz student for more complicated steps, footwork combinations, turns, and jumps. This is achieved through fun jazz-based exercises using songs and dance movement that is age and skill level appropriate.

     

     

  • Jazz II (8-10 yr old)

    Dancers must have at least one year of Jazz experience.  Material used, builds from Beginning Jazz into harder, more complicated, skills and technique that is age appropriate and builds performing dynamics. It is highly advised that as Jazz technique is learned, students supplement their training in ballet so that the Jazz student can properly perform the more complicated material that will be presented.

  • Jazz III

    Jazz & Contemporary Jazz has evolved and movement is taught which incorporates Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and Ballet to create an eclectic mix for an innovative quality of movement and choreography.  Material taught builds from Jazz II that is age appropriate and pushes the student's skill and technique into more complicated combinations, footwork, turns, and jumps.

     

     

     

     

  • Teen Jazz

    Students involved in their High School’s Dance Team, Poms, or Orchesis find learning Jazz movement a terrific help in understanding & learning jazz moves they will need to know.  Teen Team Members also take Teen Jazz for improvement and advancement in all aspects of Jazz Technique.

     

  • Teen Jazz/Musical Theatre

    Students performing in their High School Musicals find this to be a rewarding class to help them in needed dance and stage performing skills for Musical Theatre.

  • Alliance Team and Technique Classes 

  • Jazz/Contemporary Jazz Technique Classes for ALL Alliance Team members and for those dancers who wish to build their skill level for possible future membership as a dancer for The Academy Dance Alliance Competitive and Performing Company.

    Please contact The Academy for a current schedule for the following "Alliance" classes.  ALL new clientele wishing to participate in these technique classes or audition for the "Alliance" Team must schedule a complimentary trial class.  Please call and speak to the school administrator for further information at: (630) 495-4940 

  • Mini Jazz Tech and Team (Approx. 6-8 years old)

    For the Beginning Jazz student who is new to the Alliance Team and to Jazz skills. Dancers learn and work at a fast pace - basic jazz skills, short combinations, proper technique, basic formations, focus and discipline which all culminate into a routine prepared for competition and June school performance.

  • Mini Elite Jazz Tech and Team (Approx. 8-10 yrs old)

    This Adv/Beginning Jazz class continues to build on Alliance Members skills for performing and all technical aspects of jazz dance.  Movement is age appropriate while continuing to build a repertoire of steps and progressions that will be used for a routine at compeitions and the June school performance.

  • Junior Jazz/Contemporary Jazz Technique* (Approx.10-12 yrs old)

    The material in this level is designed to train the low intermediate level dancer to execute more difficult turns, leaps, and other progressions.   The class will focus on isolatione, double pirouettes, chainés, axle turns, grand jeté leaps, (front and 2nd), piqué turns and more complicated footwork and combinations.
    *Non-performance based class.

  • Intermediate Jazz/Contemporary Jazz Technique* (Approx. 12-14 yrs old)

    The material in this level is designed to train the intermediate level dancer to execute more difficult turns, leaps, and other progressions.   The class will focus on isolatione, double & triple pirouettes, chainés, axle turns, grand jeté leaps, (front and 2nd), reverse leaps, scissor leaps, double piqué turns and more complicated footwork. More challenging combinations and floor progressions are combined in the center from the different elements learned in warmup exercises.
    *Non-performance based class.

  • Advanced Jazz/Contemporary Jazz Technique* (15 and up)

    Material is geared towards the high intermediate to advanced level student.  Dancers are learning challenging skills and cleaning technique. The class will focus on multiple pirouettes as well as all advanced steps and more complicated footwork and combinations. Dancers in this advanced level are preparing for the professional dance world or high level college dance programs.  A mature approach to movement is expected to pick up on the intricacies of the choreography being taught, while also applying their own style and personality.  At this point in training, dances must change the quality and dynamics of their movement as the style of the choreography demands.  Students will be taken through warm-up, across the floor progressions, and center combinations.
    *Non-performance based class.

  • Junior Leaps & Turns

    This class focuses on building strength, flexibility, and using fundamental ballet technique in order to execute various jumps and leaps.  The class also works on various turns and pirouettes.  Through repetition and one on one attention, the goal of the course is to improve upon familiar principles and skills and be introduced to new and more challenging steps, progressions and combinations.

     

  • Intermediate Leaps & Turns

    This class focuses on building strength, flexibility, and using Intermediate ballet technique in order to execute more complicated jumps and leaps.  The class also works on various turns and pirouettes.  Through repetition and one on one attention, the goal of the course is to improve upon familiar principles and intermediate skills and be introduced to new and more challenging steps, combinations, jazz styles, and progressions.

  • Senior Leaps & Turns

    This class focuses on building strength, flexibility, and using advanced ballet technique in order to execute advanced level jumps and leaps.  The class also works on complicated turns and pirouettes in all positions.  Through repetition and one on one attention, the goal of the course is to improve upon familiar principles and skills and be introduced to new and more challenging steps, advanced combinations, jazz styles, complicated progressions and choreography.