jazz

social couple swing dances: lindy hop, shag, balboa

10 social couple jazz dances: from Cakewalk to Lindy hop

The history of social dancing in the United States is very rich. Most of us heard of Lindy Hop or swing dancing. Though there were many amazing dance forms in combination with Jazz music, that dominated the cultural landscape in America in the first half of the 20th century. In this blog I will make a quick overview of the popular social partner…


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…


sticky note with practice makes perfect to go with blog on practice improvisation

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…


Picture of Ksenia Parkhatskaya swing dancing tired for the blog on Jazz Improvisation

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…