Jazz Contemporary

Jazz Contemporary Dance Class SingaporeJazz, Lyrical or Contemporary is a technique class that trains a dancer in jumps, spins, splits and balance.  One of the core technique and performance classes in Actfa Dance School Singapore, Lyrical Jazz is a hot favorite among dancers in Singapore as a dance that is emotive, classic and technical.  

Jazz & Contemporary dance combines the elegant long lines, polished spins and flexibility needed in Ballet with techniques required in modern dances.  The results: an unprecedented display of the beautiful unique characteristics of dances throughout the ages.  Students will learn & perfect a choreography over the span of 6 months in their Contemporary dance class, performing it for the examinations.

"Thousands of emotions well up inside me throughout the day. They are released when I dance." - Abraham Lincoln

Jazz is an American form of dance that originated in the early 1900 where both African and European people mixed their dance traditions.

Most of the time, dancers start off with ballet, where they learn muscle control, balance, poise and grace. Once they have mastered this discipline, they move off to pursue jazz. Jazz is a more spontaneous genre of dance which requires improvisation skills.

Jazz music is heavily syncopated and unpredictable due to the African influences. Thus, jazz dance is the same. One moment the jazz dancer may appear slow, graceful but the next moment, they execute sharp and abrupt moves and leap high into the air. To achieve all these, they have to be flexible and very attuned to the music.

In lyrical jazz classes, there is a very much fixed structure to warm up the muscles and body for the real dancing.

Firstly, a vigorous stretching regime at the start to warm-up the students’ muscles as well as prepare them for the subsequent exercises. This loosens up different parts of the body from the neck to the trunk to the legs. Practically, each muscle part that you can name of is taken care of and stretched during this period of time.

Secondly, be it a social dancer or a professional artist, the core muscles are crucial for one to hold his body upright and to be able to do physically-demanding moves. This aspect is covered when the instructor doing a series of crunches, leg-lifts, push-ups, planks that leave one very much exhausted. However, in the long run, with the gradual strengthening of these muscles, one will not be able to feel that great a strain compared to their first day doing it.

Subsequently, technical work comes in where there is a standard ankle-strengthening exercise that is done to build the dancer’s ability to stand on tip-toe. Naturally, the next set of exercises will be across the floor work that consist mainly of the different turns and spins such as pirouette and pose turns. This is often accompanied by jumps there dancers build their stamina to jump high and far.

Only then will the real jazz dancing starts where dancers do choreographies to hone their skills further and to apply what techniques they learnt into a song.

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