Jazz Dance Classes at Catherine’s Dance Studio

A little funkier and a lot more fast-paced, Modern Jazz Dance has its roots in Caribbean Traditional Dance forms. Jazz class elements include a warm-up, leaps across the dance floor, and different types of turning. A little less refined than Ballet, Jazz uses the techniques of Ballet as a springboard for the modern moves with your hands, legs, head-spotting, and body that define Jazz.

We offer a variety of combination Jazz Dance Classes that incorporate a variety of techniques and movements for all ages.

Ballet/Jazz: This introductory combo class is the perfect exposure to two classic dance genres: Ballet and Jazz. Dancers will focus on terminology and footwork of each genre. Dancers will spend 30 minutes learning proper ballet technique at the barre, in center, and across the floor. Dancers will then spend 30 minutes focusing on jazz technique, such as kicks, turns, and more!

Ballet/Jazz: This combo class is the perfect exposure to two classic dance genres: Ballet and Jazz. Dancers will spend 30 minutes learning and perfecting ballet technique at the barre, in center, and across the floor. Dancers will then spend 30 minutes focusing on jazz technique, such as leaps, kicks, turns, and more!

Jazz Variation: This class will focus on jazz technique and applying it to different, unique styles of jazz. Throughout the year dancer’s will learn styles such as, contemporary jazz, musical theatre, jazz funk, and more!

Jazz/Tap: This combo class will focus on jazz technique such as, leaps, kicks, turns, etc. along with beginner tap technique. Dancer’s will learn how to move in their tap shoes and create the correct sounds to match their technique.

Ballet/Jazz: This combo class is the perfect exposure to two classic dance genres: Ballet and Jazz. Dancers will learn and perfect ballet technique at the barre, in center, and across the floor. During the jazz portion of the class, dancers will focus on more stylized movements, counting their music, and technique, such as leaps, kicks, turns and more!

Jazz Variation: This class will focus on jazz technique and applying it to different, unique styles of jazz. Throughout the year, dancer’s will learn styles, such as contemporary jazz, musical theatre, jazz funk, and more!

Jazz Funk: This class integrates both jazz and hip hop moves to create a fun and unique style of dance. Jazz Funk is quickly becoming a favorite at CDS. Dancer’s will learn jazz techniques, such as kicks, leaps, turns, etc. and combine them with hip hop elements.

Jazz/Tap: This combo class will focus on jazz technique such as, leaps, kicks, turns, etc. along with tap technique. Tap is a complex style of dance, that requires not just knowing the steps but how to properly use your shoes to create the correct sound. This class will teach dancer’s tap technique and correct execution.

MS/HS Jazz: The elements of this class include a warm-up, flexibility training, kicks, leaps across the floor and different types of turning.

MS/HS Advanced Jazz: This class pushes students who have a solid base in their jazz technique to the next level. More advanced combos and technique will be taught in this class.

Jazz Attire

  • Leotard, dance shorts, sports bra, dance top, dance skirt, dance pants

  • Tights are not required

  • Tan Jazz Shoes

  • Hair pulled back

“The grace and poise that a student learns in Ballet are transferred to other dances and to a girl’s life out of the studio as well. When I see a girl walking, I can tell she is a dancer. Her shoulders are back, she holds her head high, and she has that extra poise that comes from being a Ballet dancer. She carries herself differently, she is stronger and she knows it. She is a Dancer and that helps define who she is and where she thinks she belongs in the world. What parents give their girls and what she gives to herself in the dance studio makes a difference in her life.” – Catherine Stephenson