Beginning Jazz Dance With Web Resource


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Author: James Robey
Format/pages: Pbk 176 pages
Publication date: 12/2015
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series includes Beginning Tap Dance, Beginning Ballet, Beginning Modern Dance, and now Beginning Jazz Dance and Beginning Musical Theatre Dance. These titles are the traditional dance courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments for general education students, dance majors, and minors. Using the steps to success model and adaptations from the Outdoor Adventure series, these beginning dance titles contain components from these previous series.
 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;
 • includes 80 photos accompanied by descriptions that visually present the beginning jazz dance technique and dance concepts that will reinforce and extend classroom learning; and
 • introduces students to the history, artists, significant works, styles, and aesthetics of the genre so they understand dance as a performing art.
 In addition, Beginning Jazz Dance comes with a web resource that includes 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 instructors and students alike will benefit from the wealth of resources on the website, 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, with its companion web 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.

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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 Techniques7 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.