Jenkins Orphanage band, the history of The Charleston dance and step

The history of the Charleston dance 

Any of us that dance swing surely love the Charleston dance! But so few of us know the history, where the dance originated. Although we all have an image of white rich flapper girls, dancing the charleston, smoking cigarettes and smiling on screen, do we really know who invented the first steps that came to be The Charleston dance? How did the…


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Vernacular, authentic or modern, what is jazz dance? 

(Solo) Jazz dance is an umbrella term collecting many dancing styles with different history. Let’s clarify a very common and equally most confusing topic of what is the difference between vernacular, authentic, modern and solo jazz dance. This way we can understand the characteristics and history behind each better. To be proficient in any…


ksenia parkhatskaya solo jazz dancer in a turn

How to improve your turns in solo jazz dance as a beginner

If you are a beginner, to improve your turns in solo jazz, first you need to focus on the basic techniques of turns. Preparation and spotting are the 2 most important elements of turning. In this blog you will discover the essential tips for improving your turns. If it doesn’t look easy it is that we have not tried hard enough yet Fred Astaire…


The 3 most famous flappers and how they changed the image of a woman

“Flippant flapper, trim and dapper, naughty, haughty, chic man-trapper. All together now, boys, ‘Has she got IT? Well, I guess. Clara! Clara! Yes! Yes! Yes!’ ”  - The Akron Beacon Journal from Akron, Ohio Flappers made huge leaps forward in economic, sexual and political freedoms for women. Colleen Moore, Clara Bow and Louise Brooks were the 3…


History of popular solo jazz dance steps

Solo Jazz dance has gone through many changes over the years, but learning the origins of the classic and popular solo jazz dance steps is key to growing as a jazz dancer. Here I give a brief overview of the history of some of the most popular and still used solo jazz dance steps. Jazz is an African - American dance form that has West African…