Synopses & Reviews
In an accessible, easy-to-read style, this text provides students with well-illustrated descriptions of all basic jazz steps and movements, including valuable information on alignment, improvisation, injury prevention, nutrition and fitness, and history of jazz dance. Throughout the text, "Movement Tips" boxes help students with particularly challenging movements, and "Precaution" boxes help students utilize correct techniques to avoid injury.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -215) and index.
About the Author
Minda has been a full time dance and Physical Education instructor at Mission College since 1979. Since that time she has set up an entire dance program, giving full length dance performances and having students continue their study of dance at 4 year universities. Since 1989, she has shifted her emphasis to fitness and developed a 12 unit program for the Fitness Specialist that trains students as personal trainers as well as aerobic instructors.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Jazz Dance: A History
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Chapter 3: A Dancer's Alignment
Chapter 4: Ballet for the Jazz Dancer
Chapter 5: Basic Jazz Positions
Chapter 6: The Jazz Dance Warm-Up
Chapter 7: Basic Jazz Dance
Chapter 8: Movements to Challenge the Beginning Dancer
Chapter 9: Putting it All Together
Chapter 10: Fitness for the Jazz Dancer
Chapter 11: The Dancer's Instrument: Taking Care of It
Chapter 12: The Dancer's Next Step
Appendix A: Jazz Conventions and Competitions
Appendix B: Dance Publications, Journals, and Book Publishers
Appendix C: Video Resources
Appendix D: Web Sites of Interest to the Jazz Dancer
Appendix E: Jazz Dance Companies