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Beginning Jazz Dance With HKPropel Access

Beginning Jazz Dance With HKPropel Access

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    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. It introduces students to the history, artists, significant works, styles, and aesthetics of the genre so they understand dance as a performing art.

    Beginning Jazz Dance features 80 photos accompanied by descriptions that visually present the beginning jazz dance technique and dance concepts that will reinforce and extend classroom learning. It also has related online resources that include 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 will benefit from the wealth of other resources 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 and companion online 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. 

    Beginning Jazz Dance is a part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series. The series includes resources for ballet, modern, tap, jazz, musical theater, and hip-hop dance that support introductory dance technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text has related online learning tools including video clips of dance instruction, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a collection of guides to learning, performing, and viewing dance.

    Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.


    Audiences: Text for undergraduate college or upper-level high school students taking courses in dance, dance and theatre, fine arts, physical education, and general education programs.

    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

    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.