As our 2015/2016 gets started with the Company back in the studio learning choreography for our fall production, the new batch of Professional Training Program students cramming their heads and bodies full of new jazz knowledge and with our fall classes in full swing we want to share some thoughts about how we see jazz dance:
Jazz loves music
That connection is deep, and heavy, and ancient. That's why we perform with live music whenever possible.
Jazz Loves Gravity
It doesn't try to pull away from it; it embraces it, and gets lower. It might lift out of it, leap, kiss the clouds, but it's happiest when it's low, close to the ground.
Jazz Needs Rhythm
It loves to sit in the groove, but also to be off balance, to push and pull time, in between beats, syncopated and free until it falls back into whatever that groove may be.
Jazz Uses The Torso
Our jazz comes right from the centre of the chest, not the muscle but the proverbial heart - where you feel, ache, burst. The place where "cool" lives in your body.
Jazz Loves to Improvise
Your body is your instrument, you must know how to play it, be able to have conversations with it, to make it say what you want to say, how you want to say it, and also how to make it listen.
Jazz is personal, it needs you to be you
It's not about identical dancing cut-out dolls, it is about people with personalities and intelligence and life. You are going to feelthisthinkthisdancethis maybe a little differently than me because you have had a different experience than mine, and jazz thrives on that. Read More