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7 essential tips for learning & growing in solo jazz dance

In this post, I am going to share a few valuable tips to improve in your solo jazz dancing. I took it from my own experience of studying dance since I was 6 years old as well as diving into Jazz culture for the last 8 years. I highly encourage you to learn, practice, soak everything you can from teachers, other dancers. Take whatever you are…


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Announcing Jam Circle: a Community Platform

Today I am very excited to launch our new community sharing platform for all members. Jam Circle is a modern, adaptable forum-style website that is designed to serve as a companion to Ksenia’s Secrets of Solo online dance classes, connect our Members with chat and sharing facilities, and provide a place where I can interact and provide…


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How to practice improvisation in solo jazz dance?

Everything we do in solo jazz dances is an improvisation, unless it’s a performance or choreography. We are going to look closer now on how to actually practice it. There is an ocean of things to practice in solo jazz dance styles. Again, limit yourself. Don’t practice everything. Everything means you won't really improve significantly in any…


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General tips for practicing solo jazz dance

  My students very often are interested if I practice solo jazz dance: what, how and how often. I am a solo jazz dancer, that’s my life, love and profession. Oh yes, I practice. It’s the best way to discover things and improve. I practice solo jazz dance physically and mentally. As often as I can. Normally I work on the weekends: jazz…


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Jazz Improvisation: Musicality Training

This Jazz Improvisation is the result of 2h musicality training with my husband and musician/ composer - David Duffy and one of the greatest musicians of all times, a pure and endless inspiration Oscar Peterson. David was directing my dance by guiding through the music. Teaching me how to listen to music, what to hear and what to accentuate in my…