Basic Jazz Dance moves

March 5, 2015


How to Do basic and advanced

Here it is, there's a lot, a link too to see it on the actual page.

BASICS:

BALL CHANGE Change weight R+L ball-stamp (step-stamp), or stamp-stamp.
CAT WALK Walking like a cat, crossing one leg in front of the other with a bend back.
CATCH STEP Like a ballchange but from flat foot to flat foot (stamp).
CHASSES One foot chases the other.
FALL OVER THE LEG/LOG
Piqué passé. (see also jumps over the log).
HIP WALK Déhanchés sidewards or front-back.
JAZZ DRAG It's like a catwalk but with dragging one leg behind.
JAZZ RUN Like a jazzwalk but fast (running).
JAZZ WALK-DRAG
Walking straight in plié with shoulders in opposition.
MOONWALK The walk forward that goes backwards (Michael Jackson).
MOONWALK 2nd version: tribute to the first man that walked on the moon. Piqué attitude-fondu in slow motion. « Walking on the moon » de Sting .
PIVOT STEP Step front, twist and step back twist (pivot).
STEP Step
TOUCH Point your foot to the floor (step touch or touch step)
TWIST Pivot, changing of direction

LEGS:

FAN KICK Kick like a high rond de jambe to the front, like a "fan".
FLICK KICK Développé battement.
FLICK Développe enveloppé.
HITCH KICK Flicking one leg while the other one passes shooting into the air.
JAZZ SPLIT Split the legs on the floor; the front one is straight and the back bend in attitude.
KICK Grand battement .

FALLS

HIPFALL Slide to the floor through a forth position.
HIPFALL Lift the hip to a high retiré and drop it sidewards to the other standing leg.
KNEE FALL Fall on your knee (after a turn slide or jump).
KNEE SLIDE Slide down to your knees (after a run, turn, drag, jump).
SHOULDER FALL Arch backwards completely until your shoulder (or shoulders) touch the floor (near to the ankel) then slide.(Graham technique).

ROLLS:

HEADROLL Roll the head.
SHOULDERROLL Roll the shoulders.
HIPROLL Roll the hip.

UNDULATIONS:

DOLPHIN Do a flowing S movement starting from the chest.
KIVER Fast chest movement forward and back.
RIPPLE Do a flowing S movement starting from the pelvis.
SHIMMIE Shoulder vibration (shoulder shaking type Brazil).
SHIVER Tremble fast in the whole body.
SNAKE Serpent ondulation (face).
WORM Dolphin going backwards with steps or chassées.

TURNS - PIROUETTES:

BARREL TURN
Airplane turn, open (or close) your arms while turning, the body is bent forward and the spot is to the floor (or to the front).
COMPASS TURN
Pir'uette with the foot draging the floor
KNEE TURN
Turn on the knee.
PENCIL TURN
Turns straight, straight legs and hold the arms like the skaters or the russian.
SPINS (chenés) Turn through the beat. (from french "enchainer" ) Déboules are on the beat, chainés are through the beat.
TURNS Turn on the beat.

JUMPS:

BARREL JUMP Like jumping over a barrel with both legs bent.
COFFEE GRINDER
Pirouette fouetté . Turning jump with one leg bent and the other in 2nd position.

e-mail remark from Jeannie (N.Y.):
"Coffee Grinder" that it's done on the floor in a squatted position. One leg bent and positioned under you that's your supporting leg. The free or working leg is out straight and swings around in front of you and the then the supporting leg hops over the working leg as it swings around in a circle. Hence the name "coffee grinder".
Some call it also russial roulette or Dr.Pepper
. who is right ?
HOP Jump from one foot to the same.
JUMP OVER THE LOG Jump over the leg (forward and backwards). The Canadian woodcutters the "Lumberjacks" amused themselves on the rivers with the wooden-logs rolling them and jumping from one to another changing legs

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video-clip (5" / 375 Ko) extract from the movie "7 brides for 7 brothers".
STAG LEAP
Grand jété with the front leg in plié.

MISCELLANIOUS:

JAZZ SQUARE Cross right-r, step side-l, step side-r, step together.
SKATE Slide forward like a skater
TEXAS T
Ballroom West Side Story.
POP CORN Step flick. (kind of chorus line exit).
SUSY Q Cross front 4x and left (charleston 1920).
PRIMITIVE SQUAT
Hop to the front in a deep second position parallel
SHORTY GEORGE 1937 it's quite a funny step difficult to describe...
FUNKY FOUR CORNERS:
(or funky for cooners?) The hip hits the four direction in a funky way (funky four corners, or funky for cooners).
CAKE WALK Walking diagonally doing developpés with a arched back (like a final exit).During the time of slavery, white people organised for their amusement dance competitions for black people, the best dancer won a piece of cake. Finally the dance that the black people made was a parody of the white high society.
LIMBO Walking in a hinge with a shimmie. (Jamaican dance)
JAMES BROWN James Brown has taken over many steps that black dancers created at the beginning of this century (Minstrels, Vaudeville ..) The James Brown is very fast and funky heel and body movement
MESS AROUND Kind of soutenus with a hiproll and arm spirals
FUNKY CHICKEN
(PECKING CHICKEN)
Do the chicken, also a James Brown step.
FUNK It's a way to groove the music, to be funky (to be hip, - loose, -cool) Funk is also a rhythm. People say that the origin of the word funky comes from a mixing of "fun" and "skunk".
MASHED POTATOES Kind of Charleston (also a James Brown step).
TRUCKING Step-hop r+l forward with the index finger doing no-no
TRENCHING
Matt Mattox trenching on a log, extract from the movie "7 brides for 7 brothers".

video-clip (5" / 375 Ko)

Source: answers.yahoo.com

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