Jazz Funk

Students will learn the basics of this dance style, a super-set of Jazz and influenced by the Hip Hop dance style.

Jazz funk is a subgenre of jazz that incorporates elements of funk music, a style that originated in the 1960s and 1970s and is characterized by its heavy use of syncopated rhythms, electric bass and guitar, and use of the backbeat. Jazz funk typically features a strong, driving beat and complex, syncopated rhythms and also incorporates elements of R&B, Soul, and funk music. It also often features improvisation and soloing, which are key elements of jazz music.

Emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was popularized by jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, who began to incorporate elements of funk and R&B into their music. The genre's popularity reached its peak in the 1970s, and it has since influenced many other genres of music, including acid jazz, neo soul, and hip hop.

Jazz funk is known for its focus on groove and rhythm, and it is often played in a danceable and upbeat style. It has become a staple of disco, funk, and soul music, and is still being played and enjoyed by many today.

Benefits & Goals

  • Improving body control: Jazz funk is a style of dance that incorporates elements of jazz and funk, and it requires a high level of body control and coordination. This can help to improve balance, flexibility, and strength.
  • Learning musicality: Jazz funk often is danced to jazz and funk music, which can help to develop a sense of musicality and rhythm.
  • Improving performance skills: Jazz funk is a style of dance that is often performed on stage, and learning it can help to improve performance skills such as stage presence, confidence, and expression.
  • Building creativity: Jazz funk is a style that encourages improvisation and self-expression, which can help to build creativity and individuality.
  • Building self-confidence: Jazz funk is a style that encourages self-expression and individuality, which can help to build self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improving socialization: Dancing with others in a class or group setting can be a great way to meet new people and make friends.
  • Enhancing mental and emotional well-being: Dancing is known to release endorphins, which can make you feel good mentally and emotionally.
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