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re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By silvery_starsPremium member Comments: 1934, member since Sun Dec 26, 2004
On Tue Mar 15, 2005 06:28 PM
Karma for you! I am strictly in ballet, and I know a little about modern and tap, so I'm glad you wrote this to round out the knowledge.

It might be good for someone to write about what lyrical dance is. I looked around the lyrical section and didn't see a sticky like that. I know it's a combo of jazz and ballet and modern, and it's about emotions, but I think that's kind of vague. I've never seen a dance that wasn't about emotions, and plenty that were about very strong ones. There must be a history behind it.

And I'm also curious about how one draws the line between jazz, modern, and lyrical. Some of it is obvious, and some of it isn't, but I've never seen a dance school, even a dolly dinkle dance school, that didn't have a distinction among them.
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By twinky03 Comments: 79, member since Thu Sep 04, 2003
On Sun Apr 10, 2005 09:40 AM
nicely said! that must have taken awhile!! thanks for the post...karma for u!!!
What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By stardancer915 Comments: 57, member since Wed Apr 06, 2005
On Mon Apr 11, 2005 08:12 AM
This is really good for people who don't know what jazz dancing is, and for people who are doing essays on different dancing or whatever. I liked it lol!
x lauren x
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By Luvdance4 Comments: 99, member since Wed Dec 29, 2004
On Fri Apr 22, 2005 10:01 AM
Thanks very much, a good definition. I needed that because Iv'e just started jazz after doing ballet for ages!

Luvdance4
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By kaygirlPremium member Comments: 262, member since Wed May 25, 2005
On Tue May 31, 2005 01:11 PM
Thanks for posting that! Great information to use for a beginning jazz class, too!!

Katy
Thanks
By sassy_2005 Comments: 7, member since Thu Dec 02, 2004
On Mon Jul 11, 2005 07:48 PM
I'm registered to be taking a jazz class in the fall and it will be the first experience I have with dance. I really appreciate the info you posted. Thanks a lot
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By music_is_lifemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 282, member since Tue Jul 12, 2005
On Wed Jul 13, 2005 02:42 PM
That was cool. I've been taking jazz a LONG time and I've never really been able to pin-point one definition for it. Thanks a ton!
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By DejaDerangemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6188, member since Fri Mar 26, 2004
On Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:01 PM
For the person who asked where you draw the line:

Though it's more difficult now that ballet is morphing into a new dance form (mixing with modern, which is funny because modern was rebellion from ballet) there are ways to draw the line.
Jazz, for example, must be turned in for the most part. If you're doing a jazz dance and you're in 5th turned out, you know something went amiss.
For the most part, ballet must be turned out (unless you're doing something more modern and are doing turned in ballet.) IF THE DANCERS ARE EN POINTE, IT MUST BE BALLET. Ballet is the only technique of dance that uses pointe shoes because it is the only one that gives enough training in the feet for that kind of work.
I'm not an expert on lyrical, but most lyrical dances I've seen are more choreographic, and less technical.


M
Couldn't have said it better!
By Ziggiee Comments: 444, member since Wed Jul 20, 2005
On Wed Jul 20, 2005 01:38 AM
Hi everyone, this is my first post! I've been doing jazz for so many years and I still have difficulty explaining to people what it's about - they seem to confuse it for tap and hip-hop even. I've done by Silver Award exams and although it'll be a while more before I go for Gold, I'm loving every minute of it!
I see...
By Quiksilv_r Comments: 21, member since Wed Aug 24, 2005
On Fri Aug 26, 2005 04:57 AM
Well, i definitly see your point... Many jazz dancers can be miss led by the word jazz and the style of dancing... thanx
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By MissAshleymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 8231, member since Sun Sep 18, 2005
On Tue Oct 25, 2005 05:30 AM
Jazz is sort of a combo of ballet and hip/hop. Ballet comes in when you turn and alot of stuff u do in ballet like shene and pique turns, fouttes and split leaps come in in jazz class except u may add alittle more jumpyness to it or do it faster. hip hop is kinda jumpier than jazz but some stuff are the same.
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By calypsomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3453, member since Fri Aug 10, 2001
On Sat Oct 29, 2005 09:42 PM
Kabdancer,

After your reply to my "What the Heck", I had to come over and see what yours was all about. Nicely done! Karma for you.

:)
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By Jalisa Comments: 30, member since Sun Nov 06, 2005
On Mon Nov 21, 2005 09:30 PM
What an awesome deffinition
Yes!
By BrookeAliceon Comments: 36, member since Fri Sep 16, 2005
On Thu Dec 08, 2005 12:30 AM
This post was wonderful. I love when people actually look at literal meanings...
What the Heack is jazz dance?
By dancemeaway Comments: 1, member since Thu Aug 04, 2005
On Sun Jan 01, 2006 09:14 PM
Thanks for the history ! Its great to know where jazz came from! Thanks alot :)
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By LiViNg_It_Up_09 Comments: 7, member since Sun Jan 08, 2006
On Sun Jan 08, 2006 04:11 PM
wow i just started using DDN and i found your peice on "what the heck is jazz dance" i just started up doing harder dance stuff (jazz dance included) and i wanted to thank you for giving me a hint on what to focus for when i take some dance classes in the summer... plus i really didnt have a clue what jazz dance really was or the history behind it. thank you!
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By amandacdot Comments: 494, member since Tue Jun 28, 2005
On Mon Jan 23, 2006 07:58 PM
Wow this was so helpful. I had to do a paper on comparing lyrical to jazz, modern, and ballet. It helped me so much. I always look here first when I have a dance paper to do. Thank you so much!
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By oxsteponme Comments: 23, member since Thu Feb 02, 2006
On Thu Feb 02, 2006 02:00 PM
LOOOO VE IT x 291749837491234
yeah
By natdancer1 Comments: 49, member since Sun Feb 05, 2006
On Tue Feb 14, 2006 04:39 PM
that is a true definition and i love how you actually made a lot of detail in how you wrote it and that gave everyone a lot of defintion for what jazz really is.
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By princess_steffimember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1513, member since Fri Dec 31, 2004
On Thu Mar 02, 2006 09:09 AM
wow! thanks so much that was rally informative! I do jazz and when people ask me what it is I always have a hard time explaining, I think you may have nailed it!
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By xXxstumblexXx Comments: 15, member since Sun Jan 08, 2006
On Tue Mar 14, 2006 05:57 PM
iv been doing jazz for ages and i didnt no that so that was a big help in understanding what i am doing... thanx a billion

ta
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By xrockachicx Comments: 32, member since Sun May 29, 2005
On Sun Apr 02, 2006 12:04 PM
kool thats really interesting! woo! can't wait to start back dance classes now! im so excited! yay! thanks! x
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By Widefeetanna Comments: 24, member since Sat Jan 15, 2005
On Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:25 AM
thank you for posting this. i couldn't have explained it myself. to me it's a lot of fun and i just love it, but i actually never had a definition for it.
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By butterpuff01 Comments: 20, member since Wed May 10, 2006
On Wed May 17, 2006 03:57 AM
thanks for the info ididnt think anyone didnt know what jazz is but it was interesting
thanx
re: What the Heck is Jazz Dance?
By dancingkat3 Comments: 11, member since Fri May 19, 2006
On Tue May 30, 2006 10:31 AM
thank you for the information i used to do jazz dance and i am about to join another jazz class but didnt know half of that information thank you i couldnt even explain jazz dance to my best friend lol
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