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Excerpts — Beginning Jazz Dance With Web Resource

Benefits of Studying Jazz Dance

The quickest answer to the question, "Why study jazz dance?" is that it is joyful. Jazz dance grew out of the social dance forms that young people had used over many decades. It is what people do when they are celebrating, relaxing, and enjoying themselves.

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Positions of the Feet

Jazz dance class uses both parallel foot positions and turned-out foot positions. In parallel foot positions, the feet may be side by side, apart at the distance of the center of the hip sockets, or in a wide position.

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Traditional Jazz Steps

Traditional jazz steps derive from historical jazz dance styles. These steps include weight shifts and elevations combined with characteristic body positions and arm gestures.

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