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Beginning Jazz Dance eBook With Web Resource

Beginning Jazz Dance eBook With Web Resource

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    Beginning Jazz Dance is a part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series. The series includes resources for ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and musical theatre dance that support introductory dance technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text includes a web resource offering video clips of dance instruction, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a guide to learning, performing, and viewing dance.
    Beginning Jazz Dance is the perfect resource for helping students gain a strong foundation of beginning jazz dance techniques. Written by jazz dance choreographer and professor James Robey, this text
    • prepares students to have a successful experience in a beginning jazz dance technique course;
    • includes 80 photos accompanied by descriptions that visually present the beginning jazz dance technique and dance concepts that will reinforce and extend classroom learning; and
    • introduces students to the history, artists, significant works, styles, and aesthetics of the genre so they understand dance as a performing art.
    In addition, Beginning Jazz Dance comes with a web resource that includes 55 photos and 125 video clips of basic jazz dance technique. Students can access these photos and videos at any time for their study or practice, and instructors and students alike will benefit from the wealth of resources on the website, including assignments, worksheets, glossary terms with and without definitions, interactive chapter quizzes, and web links to help students develop their basic knowledge and skills.
    Through the text, students learn these aspects of jazz dance:
    • The core concepts of jazz dance, the value of studying jazz dance, and class expectations
    • The structure of a jazz dance class, the roles of everyone in the studio, and how to be physically and mentally prepared for class
    • Tips on injury prevention, nutrition guidelines, and basic anatomy and kinesiology as applied to movement in jazz dance
    • Basic body alignment and positions in jazz dance
    • Jazz walks, kicks, turns, leaps, and floor work
    Beginning Jazz Dance provides students with the context, background information, and basic instruction they need in order to understand the genre and appreciate jazz dance as a performing art. This text, with its companion web resource, is ideal for dance majors, dance minors, and general education students enrolled in beginning jazz dance technique courses. It is also suitable for students in performing arts and magnet schools and high school dance programs.


    Text for undergraduate or upper-level high school courses.

    Table of Contents

    How to Use the Web Resource
    Chapter 1 Introduction to Jazz Dance
    Defining Jazz Dance
    Benefits of Studying Jazz Dance
    Jazz Class Expectations and Etiquette
    Chapter 2 Preparing for Class
    Dressing for Class
    Attire for Women
    Carrying Dance Gear
    Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically
    Jazz Dance Class Structure
    Roles of the Teacher, Musician, and Students
    Chapter 3 Safety and Health
    Studio Safety
    Personal Safety
    Basic Anatomy and Kinesiology
    Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries
    Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest
    Chapter 4 Learning and Performing Jazz Technique
    Learning Movement Technique
    Analyzing Movement Skills
    Honing Musicality and Rhythmic Skills
    Enhancing Performance in Class
    Developing a Performance Attitude
    Chapter 5 Basic Jazz Positions
    Body Alignment
    Positions of the Feet
    Positions of the Arms
    Hand Positions
    Positions of the Body
    Studio and Stage Directions
    Chapter 6 Basic Jazz Techniques
    Getting Started
    Basic Warm-Up Techniques \7 videos\
    Basic Isolation Techniques \7 videos\
    Basic Coordination Techniques\7 videos\
    Basic Conditioning Techniques \15-18 videos\
    Chapter 7 In the Center and Across the Floor
    Exercises in the Center
    Exercises Across the Floor
    Types of Combinations
    Chapter 8 History of Jazz Dance
    Development of Jazz Dance as a Performing Art
    Jazz Dance Forms and Styles
    Viewing Jazz Dance Performances
    References and Resources
    About the Author

    About the Author

    James Robey, MFA, is assistant professor of dance and department chair at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received the Messing Faculty Award in 2015. He was director of the prestigious Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance for 10 years, during which he also created the Robey Jazz Dance Technique and Syllabus. He has taught as faculty or adjunct faculty at numerous universities, schools for the performing arts, and dance studios.

    Robey was artistic director and company artist for James Robey Dance for 14 years. He has danced for many companies, beginning his dance career in 1990. He has also acted as choreographer for numerous ballets and dance ensembles over the years, and he has presented at conferences and written numerous articles on jazz dance and related topics.

    Robey is on the board of directors of the American College Dance Association and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, National Association of Schools of Dance, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.


    The web resource features 48 photos and 117 video clips that provide students with a personal tutor for practicing or reviewing basic jazz dance techniques learned in class. Also included are assignments, work sheets, glossary terms with and without definitions, interactive chapter quizzes, and web links to help students develop basic knowledge and skills.

    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at

    Sample Content

       Sample Pages: Body AlignmentSample Pages: Body AlignmentSample Pages: Body PositionsSample Pages: Body PositionsSample Pages: Jazz MovesSample Pages: Jazz Moves
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