Dance

History of major classic jazz dance steps

In this post you will find a brief historical perspective on some of the major classic jazz dance steps, and their origins. Jazz is an African - American dance form that has West African roots. Knowing the roots and history of the step is important not only in terms of appreciation of the culture and it's creators. It will as well help you…


Jazz. A Brief cultural history and characteristics of Black dance

Historic perspective helps us acknowledge tradition where jazz dance comes from and pay respect to its origins and community. When we talk about jazz dance we need to talk about the cultural history of black dance and it’s African influences. It is impossible to think of the heritage of music and dance in America without acknowledging its African…


habits to improve dance

3 essential habits to improve your solo jazz dance

Discover 3 simple habits that will make your solo jazz dance practices alone improve and help you refine your 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 rehearsals. They…


Keep your body healthy when practicing solo jazz dance

an injury-free body in dance

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


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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…