Jazz dance can refer to several dance styles. All of them are connected via common roots, namely tap, ballet, jazz music, and African dance.

Often associated with musicals such as Chicago or Fame, modern jazz is also the style used by pop stars such as Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Britney Spears.

Jazz dancing showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves in their own way. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.

To excel in jazz, it helps to also study ballet, as it encourages grace and balance and has many steps in common with Jazz. Basic knowledge of ballet technique will help you practice Jazz’s strong and sharp movements with a good deal of flair.

In our Jazz Dance class, you will learn Jazz turns including chaines, piques, pirouettes, jazz turns, and some ballet turns, to name a few.

You will learn leaps, including grande jetes, turning jumps, and tour jetes.

Jazz dance classes require some form of moderate intensity stretching in order to warm up the muscles and help prevent injuries. Some techniques used in the warm up consist of elongating leg muscles and strengthening the core.

Jazz classes are casual and relaxed, so feel free to select your own clothing. A dancer’s body lines need to be visible however, so baggy clothes should be avoided. Form-fitting tank tops and pants are best.

Souldancing has several Jazz Dance classes weekly. No previous experience is necessary. If you are interested in Jazz dancing, you may also want to check our ballet dance classes.

Please see our Shanghai Dance Classes page for the full schedule.

If you are not a Souldancing Studio member yet, see our general information page to find out more about our Shanghai Dance School. We are centrally located and within walking distance from subway Line 1 and 2. Click on “Map” at the top of this page to find your way around the busy Shanghai streets!

Feel free to reach us at 62564400 or if you have any questions.

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