Jazz dance: improvers

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Bless Klepcharek

Improve your technique and performance quality, and develop more complex rhythms and patterns. Develop your skills as a well rounded dancer by practising a variety of Jazz styles, such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary. The class is based on Ballet technique layered with traditional Jazz movement, and includes warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Over the year the curriculum will become increasingly complex and intricate.


What is the course about?

This is a practical course introducing you to or improving your dance technique and vocabulary. The main aim is to provide a fun practical environment where you can learn essential Jazz technique, improve dance and performance skills as well as your own confidence. We aim to achieve an all-round Jazz dancer who is wishing to develop dance skills and movement.

What will we cover?

Each lesson will start with a full body group warm-up, followed by corner to corner/co-ordination/technical exercises. The fundamental values of Jazz dance including flexibility, rhythm and core strength are covered taught using structured exercises and combinations. There is a chance at the end of the lesson to dance your routine whilst the teacher watches, coaches and comments.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Demonstrate essential Jazz technique
Discover aspects to the background of Jazz
Identify improved co-ordination, flexibility, strength and stamina
Perform a Jazz dance with greater confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This an improvers class suitable for those who have completed our beginners course or similar.

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course has a physical approach from beginning to end with structured exercises to improve different qualities. The class is tutor led and you will be taught through demonstration and explanation. During the class participants will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the work and receive verbal feedback from your tutor. We encouraged you to work in your own time to perfect the work but there is no formal requirement to do so.

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Tights, leotard or clothing that does not restrict movement will allow your tutor to see your work more clearly. Jazz shoes/sneakers or similar, no outdoor shoes please. Jock straps should be worn by men. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. Jewellery should be removed at the start of the class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Street Jazz or contact the drama, dance and speech department for advice and guidance.

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Great fun
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/07/2019)
This class is great, the new time is good because it gives you a boost for Friday evening and still leaves you time to do things after.

The tutor is an amazing teacher. His explanations are very clear and thorough, he's very good at spotting details to be corrected, and his choice of songs, moves and choreographies are varied and always original, fun and just the right amount of challenging.

His ability to adapt the level of difficulty for each individual is also very good, as it makes everyone feel comfortable and safe.

He creates a dynamic and fun atmosphere.

All in all a course I definitely recommend!
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Review by Jules / (Posted on 28/03/2018)
Best dance teacher I have ever came across. Class is well structured, fun and challenging. I highly recommend the class for enthusiastic dancers. The only negative review I have is for Build to put the class in a bigger studio, namely 103, like last academic year. Every time I use the changing room which is next to studio 103, it is not used.
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Review by yytyrr / (Posted on 18/07/2017)
Dan is a great teacher, enthusiastic, energetic, and yet still able to challenge each student. The classmates are also friendly and fun. I have been booking his classes for 2-3 terms and looking forward to keep taking it. I highly recommend this class for anyone who has a background in ballet/ jazz dance. The only thing feedback I have is for Build to put this class into a bigger studio as we do a lot of traveling across the space.
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Review by Vel / (Posted on 18/07/2017)
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Course Code: DDM021

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Mon, day, 13 Jan - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £91.00

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