Jazz2018-07-24T07:46:16+00:00

The steps and essential style of jazz dancing, originated from dances of Africans brought to the Americas as slaves. Originally, the term jazz dance encompassed any dance done to jazz music, including both tap dance and jitterbug.

Over time, a clearly defined jazz genre emerged, changing from a street dance to a theatrical dance performed on stage by professionals. Some scholars and dancers, especially Swing and Lindy Hop dancers, still regard the term jazz dance as an umbrella term which includes both the original and the evolved versions: they refer to the theatrical form of jazz dance as modern jazz. (Ref. Wikipedia)

Class Level Descriptions

Click on each Title to learn about the different levels of instruction.

This class is designed for teen and adults wishing to learn the basics of jazz dancing in a fun and safe environment. Class covers general fitness warm-up and exercises with Basic jazz steps and technique, including basic linking steps, single pirouette turns, simple leaps, chaine turns, pique turns. The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination.

Prerequisite

None

Students learn basic jazz steps and technique, including but not limited to Jazz walk, kick ball change, back ball change, across the floor progressions, single pirouettes, chaine turns, pique turns, simple leaps, hitch kicks, fouette leaps. The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination. Due to the ballet origins of jazz technique, all jazz students of levels 2 and above are required to maintain at least one hour of ballet training per week. Ballet requirement may be fulfilled in scheduled NCDA ballet classes or at any accredited ballet school. (see studio policies regarding ballet requirements and validation). Noncompliance with this ballet requirement will result in the withdrawal of the student from any jazz 2 level class and above until ballet requirement has been met and student is in regular attendance. Placement and advancement of any student is at the sole discretion of North County DanceArts, Inc.

Prerequisite

Student must complete NCDA KinderCombo to the satisfaction of the NCDA staff prior to enrollment. All new students will be subject to evaluation prior to class placement. Age designation is for the sole use of NCDA staff in determining general evaluation parameters for NEW students only.

Students continue study of basic jazz steps and technique, including but not limited to Jazz walk, kick ball change, back ball change, across the floor progressions, single pirouettes, chaine turns, pique turns, simple leaps, hitch kicks, fouette leaps The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination. Due to the ballet origins of jazz technique, all jazz students of levels 2 and above are required to maintain at least one hour of ballet training per week. Ballet requirement may be fulfilled in scheduled NCDA ballet classes or at any accredited ballet school. (see studio policies regarding ballet requirements and validation). Noncompliance with this ballet requirement will result in the withdrawal of the student from any jazz 2 level class and above until ballet requirement has been met and student is in regular attendance. Placement and advancement of any student is at the sole discretion of North County DanceArts, Inc.

Prerequisite

Student must complete NCDA Jazz IA (6-8) to the satisfaction of the NCDA staff prior to enrollment. All new students will be subject to evaluation prior to class placement. Age designation is for the sole use of NCDA staff in determining general evaluation parameters for NEW students only.

Students continue study of basic jazz steps and technique, including but not limited to Jazz walk, kick ball change, back ball change, across the floor progressions, single pirouettes, chaine turns, pique turns, simple leaps, hitch kicks, fouette leaps, focusing on developing accuracy, technique and speed in combining individual dance steps. The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination. All Jazz 1AB level students must enroll in and attend one hour of turns and leaps 1AB per week to maintain position in class.  Noncompliance with this requirement will result in the withdrawal of the student from class until this requirement has been met and student is in regular attendance. Placement and advancement of any student is at the sole discretion of North County DanceArts, Inc.

Prerequisite

Student must complete Jazz IA (6-8) and/or Jazz IA (8-12) to the satisfaction of the NCDA staff prior to enrollment. All new students will be subject to evaluation prior to class placement. Age designation is for the sole use of NCDA staff in determining general evaluation parameters for NEW students only.

This class is designed for students continued study of basic jazz technique including but not limited to Linking steps, single and double pirouettes, chaine turns, pique turns, simple leaps, fan kicks, hitch kicks, fouette leaps, tour jete leaps; Beginning study of kick turns, axles, fouette tours, shoulder rolls, and illusions. The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination. All 1B jazz students are required to maintain at least one hour of turns and leaps 1B training per week.  Noncompliance with this requirement will result in the withdrawal of the student from class until this requirement has been met and student is in regular attendance. Placement and advancement of any student is at the sole discretion of North County DanceArts, Inc. All Jazz 1B dancer who wish to promote to Jazz 2 level must be in attendance of one hour of ballet and one hour of turns and leaps 1B for one year prior to consideration for promotion.

Prerequisite

This class designed for teen and adults who have successfully completed NCDA Jazz Level IAB. As per NCDA jazz requirements, all students under the age of 18 are required to be current in attendance of one hour of turns and leaps 1AB per week prior to entry into the Jazz 1B level.  Although, ballet requirement does not require students over the age of 18 years of age to participate in one hour of ballet per week prior to level 1B, it is highly recommended for the student’s ultimate training experience. All students of teen-adult classes are subject to evaluation. Determination of readiness of any student is at the sole discretion of the staff of NCDA.

students continued study of basic jazz technique including but not limited to Linking steps, single and double pirouettes, chaine turns, pique turns, simple leaps, fan kicks, hitch kicks, fouette leaps, tour jete leaps; Beginning study of pirouette turns and axle turns. The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination. Placement and advancement of any student is at the sole discretion of North County DanceArts, Inc.

Prerequisite

This class designed for teen and adults who have successfully completed NCDA Jazz Level I .  Although to enroll in this teen-adult class requirement does not require students to participate in ballet or turns and leaps, it is highly recommended for the student’s ultimate training experience. All students of teen-adult classes are subject to evaluation. Determination of readiness of any student is at the sole discretion of the staff of NCDA.

Students continued study of basic and continuing into intermediate jazz technique including but not limited to linking steps, single and double pirouettes, chaine turns, pique turns, simple and into intermediate leaps, fan kicks, hitch kicks, fouette leaps, tour jete leaps; study of fouette turns and axle turns; focus on development of accuracy, technique, speed and performance. The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination. All jazz students of levels 2 and above are required to maintain at least one hour of ballet and one hour of turns and leaps training per week. Noncompliance with this requirement will result in the withdrawal of the student from any jazz 2 level class until this requirement has been met and student is in regular attendance. Placement and advancement of any student is at the sole discretion of North County DanceArts, Inc.

Prerequisite

Student must complete NCDA Jazz Level 1B to the satisfaction of the NCDA staff and in current attendance of one hour of ballet and one hour of turns and leaps per week one year prior to enrollment. All new students will be subject to evaluation prior to class placement.

Student will continue to perfect jazz linking steps, double and triple pirouette turns in place and across the floor, chaine turns, pique turns in progression, intermediate leaps and jumps, double and triple fan kicks, tour jete, tour fouette, fouette turns in place, pike turns, illusions, other progressive steps while working to improve technique, accuracy and speed. The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination. All levels 3 students are required to maintain at least one hour of ballet and one hour of turns and leaps 3 training per week.  Noncompliance with this requirement will result in the withdrawal of the student from the jazz 3 level class and above until this requirement has been met and student is in regular attendance. Placement and advancement of any student is at the sole discretion of North County DanceArts, Inc.

Prerequisite

Student must complete NCDA Jazz Level 2 to the satisfaction of the NCDA staff and in current attendance of one hour of ballet and one hour of turns and leaps 2 per week prior to enrollment. All new students will be subject to evaluation prior to class placement.

First and foremost, a dancer entering a NCDA Jazz 3 level must have these basic
qualities:
• PERFORMANCE Quality and Adaptability (Super Important!!)
• Flexibility: Splits on all three sides, constantly working on achieving over‐splits so the
dancer is more conditioned to take on and execute new tricks and techniques that will be introduced
in Level 3
• Ability to pick up choreography quickly
• Ability to improv at least 16 to 24 counts if asked

A dancer entering the Jazz 3 Level should be able to execute the following with a high rate of
proficiency:
• Be able to demonstrate execution of 3 pirouettes consistently on the right side – 2 pirouettes
on the left side with the following qualities:
▪ With a high passé, high releve, straight supporting leg, shoulders down, ribs closed, strong
arms, sharp/strong spot – this is required for a solid turning foundation for continued work on
multiple pirouettes, compass, skater, and knee grab combos
• Be able to demonstrate execution of a clean a la seconde turn – both right and left
▪ Ideally, these should be controlled so the dancer can progress to floats, back allusions out
of turns and spot switching
• Execute a center leap with clean, stretched arms, legs and pointed feet
• The dancer should have basic knowledge of and working on reverse leaps
• The dancer should have basic knowledge of and working on switch leaps
• Execute a Chasse Surprise leap with straight legs, feet pointed and clean split
• Execute at least a clean single kick turns so that progression to multiple turns can happen
• Execute a solid fan kick into allusion so work on double allusions and back allusions can be
introduced
• Execute a single stag leap/calypso so that double attitude stag leaps, C jumps and barrel
rolls can be introduced
• Execute tilt kicks with a hold so that attitude to tilt kick turn can be introduced
• Have knowledge of and working on toe press
• Execute a valdez from the floor

Student will continue to perfect all listed under the Jazz 3 class description, with more focus on execution of dance choreography with accuracy, technique and speed. The jazz syllabus is an extensive study in the dance form and prepares the student for performance. Each class is geared specifically toward the respective levels, each focusing on the technique of the dance form. Most jazz classes dedicate the first six months solely to dance technique while the remaining six months of the dance year focuses on putting technique and applications into a dance combination. All jazz 4 students are required to maintain two Jazz 4 classes and at least one hour of ballet and one hour of turns and leaps 4 training per week.  Noncompliance with this requirement will result in the withdrawal of the student from  class until this requirement has been met and student is in regular attendance. Placement and advancement of any student is at the sole discretion of North County DanceArts, Inc.

Prerequisite

Student must complete NCDA Jazz Levels 3 to the satisfaction of the NCDA staff and in current attendance of one hour of ballet and one hour of turns and leaps per week prior to enrollment. All new students will be subject to evaluation prior to class placement.

First and foremost, a dancer entering a NCDA Jazz 4 level must have these basic
qualities:
• PERFORMANCE Quality and Adaptability (Super Important!!)
• Flexibility: Splits on all three sides, constantly working on achieving over‐
• Ability to pick up choreography quickly
• Ability to improv at least 24 to 36 counts if asked
• Ability to create at least 24 to 36 counts of choreography with understanding of dance
technique and musicality to teach to others

A dancer entering the Jazz 4 Level should be able to execute the following with a high rate of
proficiency:
• Be able to demonstrate execution of 4 pirouettes consistently on the right side – 3 pirouettes
on the left side with the following qualities:
o With a high passé, high releve, straight supporting leg, shoulders down, ribs closed, strong
arms, sharp/strong spot
• Be able to demonstrate execution of Compass (multiple, clean) and skater turns
• Execute a knee grab – with high passe and high releve
• Be able to execute a switch leap, switch center and switch tilt – legs straight, toes pointed,
clean split
• Be able to execute a reverse leap and center leap – legs straight, toes pointed, clean split
• Execute at clean single kick turn – multiples preferred
• Execute a solid fan kick into allusion and back allusion
• Execute clean Multiple a la seconde turns on left and right sides
• Execute floats
• Must be able to spot switch
• Execute a single stag leap/calypso, double attitude stag leap, C jump and barrel roll
• Execute attitude turn into leg hold pirouette
• Execute toe press
• Execute a valdez from the floor – left and right