Jazz is a fun dance style that relies heavily on originality and improvisation. It originated in the U.S. in the early 1900s as African and European styles merged. A jazz dancer was traditionally part of a jazz band during performances. These dance trends soon spread & the result came in the form of popular dances such as the Charleston, Jitterbug, Swing & Boogie Woogie. Jazz dance gained more mainstream success is musical theatre productions such as West Side Story & Chicago, popularized by choreographer Bob Fosse. Many jazz dancers incorporate rhythm, coordination & fast paced movements with different styles into their dancing, allowing their own expression. Jazz has several benefits including strength, flexibility, and endurance training with high leaps, floorwork, & nimble precise steps. Jazz dancing often uses bold, dramatic body movements, including body isolations and contractions.
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