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tap classes for kids

Jazz & Tap Classes for Adults 

Jazz Dance originated in the 1950's and would include tap dancing.  Jazz dance has it's origins in the African American and Caribbean cultures and would eventually evolve into the Broadway scene that was mostly influenced by Bob Fosse (Chicago, Pajama Game, Cabaret).  Jazz became more fluid and has become essential to musical theater.  Tap dancing branched out and has followed its own evolutionary path.  Elite's jazz training includes solid technical training, but should be categorized more as Contemporary Jazz (not Modern), in that our approach to jazz is to use the largest pallet of movement, music and style as possible which should continually evolve with our instructors, our students, new music and the larger dance culture.

 

Benefits for the dancer include: strong technical training, correct body alignment and mechanics, the ability to move quickly and strongly, musicality, current choreography and styles, confidence and performance ability

 

Tap Dance has its origins in Clogging (England), Irish/Stomp/Step Dancing (Irish), Juba Dance (African) and Flamenco (Spanish).   American tap dancing began to develop as early as the 1930's and is distinguished by percussive footwork, precise rhythmic patterns, as well as improvisation. 

 

Benefits for the dancer: musicality, rhythm, footwork and patterns, improvisation skills, strength, and performance ability

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