jazz does
not exist:
online dance course.

this online course invites you to search
for a dance response to what is jazz now?

jazz does not exist. vol. 1.
this online course consists of five 1 hour monthly updated blocks and includes:

1
ideas for a warm up
body isolations. concepts for individual practice to activate every part of your body in rhythm. you can follow this warm up before each class taken in the course.
2
ideas from swing dance
swing and authentic jazz steps, rhythm variations, examples of how you can build your flow using this vocabulary to research in contemporary "jazz" music, including unsquare time measures.
3
ideas from bebop 40's
bebop IS danceable! "a style nobody can deal with". swing vs. dancing to bebop: how the feeling and body movement changed. how to understand the timing of bebop music. where is the downbeat? how not to get kicked out of the beat? how to dance fast and stay cool...
4
ideas from UK jazz dance
basic steps from Uk jazz fusion and UK bebop, footwork, armwork, variations, examples how to use in a routine and your improvisation. how to dance it to contemporary jazz including compositions with unusual time measures.
5
ideas from a special guest!
on every volume of the course there will be an invited artist who will share his/her approaches to music and dance.
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this online course invites you to search for a dance response to what is jazz now?
by searching for your individual voice of dance expression to contemporary music, find a response to a question, does jazz exist?

the course invites you to dance swing and authentic jazz, rare dance styles of dance of postwar bebop era in 1940s, as well as UK jazz dance in a perspective of contemporaneity. in addition, the complex of movement exploration through body isolations and tools to warm up your body, is included to the course.

look for concepts to dance to contemporary instrumental music, to unusual time measures, learn how to refresh "vintage" dances in the times you are living now, in the new "roaring 20s"
a pleasant bonus:
a small video footage from one of the Thursday sessions in Te Aroha at #GiantstepsDanceLab. Check out how we work in group and steal ideas ;)
a demo from Alina and task for your homework:
create a video up to 5 min to one of the tunes suggested in playlists to classes (or to a one you choose yourself), improvising using the material learnt on the course. send it to us and receive an individual feedback from Alina!
the course has a welcome word
from Alina where she shares some keys to understanding of the concept of the course. in case you watch it, there might be less questions unresolved ;)
recommended level: intermediate and up if you are a jazz dancer; no level limitations for professional dancers of any style.

"why don't you say:
music of Charlie Parker
or music of Duke Ellington
or music of Thelonious Monk?
why "jazz"? jazz does not exist. and if it does exist,
it is played by Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman."

Max Roach
if you are a medical worker saving us from COVID-19,
you are invited to take the course for free. contact us to get a promocode <3
peace and love!
Photo: Darja Iva
Music: Rainy Days Records, Label Who Able, Balaio Producciones
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