Jazz dance is influenced by many other dance forms. It is quick-paced dancing to modern music. At JAOD students begin by working on basic jazz steps while learning to count and stay poised.

As students advance in skill, JAOD offers continued technical foundation which enables a dancer to focus on the stylistic and performance aspects of a jazz dance routine. Proper technique and correct posture are essential for jumps and turns, as well as the strong and sharp movements of the choreography.

Jazz dance at JAOD is supported by a good background in ballet technique. Students in a jazz class at JAOD will focus on poise and control of their body’s center being used at the focal point from which all movement emanates. Classes include stretching to warm up the muscles and help prevent injuries by warming up and elongating leg muscles and strengthening the core.