jazz 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…


Photo of Ksenia Parkhatskaya teaching swing dancing to big group

Essential tips for learning & growing in Jazz Dance

In this post, I am going to share something precious that helps me growing in my jazz dancing every day. I took it from my own experience of studying dance every single day since I was 6 years old as well as diving into Jazz culture for the last 8 years. 7 essential tips for learning & growing, finding your voice & style in an…


A drawing of dancers on a blog about practicing improvisation

Practice Time 2: How to practice improvisation?

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