Jazz. A Brief cultural history and characteristics of Black dance

A history of jazz dance and historic perspective helps us acknowledge tradition. Where jazz dance, and it’s related styles of Lindy hop, solo jazz, tap, shag etc. come from and pay respect to its origins and community. When we talk about jazz dance we need to talk about the cultural history of jazz dance, we need to talk about black dances, and…


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3 essential habits to improve your solo jazz dance

Discover how to improve your solo jazz dance with 3 essential habits. Learn how to improve and help you refine your solo jazz movement and style. 1. Film yourself, film yourself, film yourself The great Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in their latter years would spend large parts of a studio budget on months of pre-production and filming of dance…


Keep your body healthy when practicing solo jazz dance

An injury-free body in solo jazz dance

Whether you are a professional dancer or it’s your hobby to dance solo jazz and swing dance styles, it’s so important to know how to keep your body injury-free. In this blog, I am going to talk about tips and routines to take care of your body before, during and after the dance to jazz music. Solo jazz dance, the lindy hop, and the charleston…


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Performance Anxiety

If every time before going on stage you feel nervous, have performance anxiety, or are even ready to call the whole thing off, and you want to conquer this feeling, here are my thoughts. The 3 basics I have been performing on stage since the age of 6. Many people around me, my students, colleagues and audience think at this point of my life as an…


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6 tips on how to create a choreography in solo jazz dance

Here are 6 major tips and ideas that will help you work towards a wholesome solo jazz dance choreography rather than create just another combination of some classic jazz steps rearranged in a different way. To make sure that each decision in your choreography is a choice and you are saying something with it it is important to think of this tips.…