Jazz Dancers

Jazz dancing is extremely popular today and it’s easy to see why when you look at the fantastic choreography and listen to the upbeat music of these performances. Jazz is both drive and style, and that’s exactly what you get when you hire jazz dancers for a party in Toronto.

Despite the abundance of styles that have some specific rules each, there are no two jazz dances that are completely the same. This performance always reflects the dancer’s (or choreographers) creativity. Every show has some personal element that makes it unique and infuses it with more energy.

Jazz dancers for hire from Hips Don’t Lie company interpret all classic jazz styles to develop a beautiful mix of moves and elements that create a truly beautiful show. This approach to performance allows developing unique programs for different events. Our talented troupe can provide you with the perfect kind of jazz dancing entertainment for:

"The girls from Hips Don't Lie performed at my 50th Birthday Party this past weekend and the show was absolutely fantastic. My guests couldn't stop raving about the performance.!!!! It was awesome the way the team got so many people up on the dance floor and dancing with them!!" -Manjeet Sembhi

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Toronto Jazz Dancers for Hire: Perfect Party Entertainment

Jazz dancing is extremely popular today and it’s easy to see why when you look at the fantastic choreography and listen to the upbeat music of these performances. Jazz is both drive and style, and that’s exactly what you get when you hire jazz dancers for a party in Toronto.
Despite the abundance of styles that have some specific rules each, there are no two jazz dances that are completely the same. This performance always reflects the dancer’s (or choreographers) creativity. Every show has some personal element that makes it unique and infuses it with more energy.
Jazz dancers for hire from Hips Don’t Lie company interpret all classic jazz styles to develop a beautiful mix of moves and elements that create a truly beautiful show. This approach to performance allows developing unique programs for different events. Our talented troupe can provide you with the perfect kind of jazz dancing entertainment for:

  • Children’s parties
  • Birthdays and other private parties
  • Bridal showers
  • Weddings
  • Business and corporate events
  • Workshops
  • Top Services from Toronto Jazz Dance Companies

    Every jazz dance is a show based on a specific story. It’s told through the performers’ moves and music, but every other element used in the show can help stir the ‘storyline’ into the right direction. This is the reason why both costumes and props are essential for this style.

    It’s the details that create the ‘setting’ and allow the audience to understand the message behind the dance. At Hips Don’t Lie Dance Co. we use a variety of props created specifically for different shows and all our costumes are made by professionals. They look fantastic and will fit the theme of the event.

    How Jazz Dancers Light Up Your Party

    Jazz is a very dynamic dance, so aside from being fun to watch, it’s a great workout. If you want to get your audience involved in the show, there is no better style to choose. Numerous studies prove that physical exercises literally make people happier by triggering the production of some special hormones.

    Jazz lessons that will teach your guests a few basic movements, combinations, and routines will up the ‘fun level’ of the party exponentially. It’s the perfect warm up for an amazing celebration that everyone will remember fondly.

    This kind of unofficial dance class is also an effective tool for improving teamwork. Therefore, it would be a nice kind of entertainment for corporate workshops where you want to encourage your employees to become more comfortable with each other.

    Jazz

    A jazz dancer can easily capture the audience as she gracefully takes center stage, either onstage or on the streets, keeping her stance low, as if befriending gravity, and isolating a specific part of her body. It could be the dancer’s rib cage or waist on a shape of letter C, but the jazz dancer, often on bended knees, shows the sensual and sexy emotion that flows smoothly with music.
    Jazz dancing is very popular today with jazz professional dancers interpreting all classic jazz styles creating a mesmerizing mix of dance moves and elements. It embodies both the dancers’ drive and style.
    Jazz encompasses several styles that started gaining popularity back in the early 20th-century. The dance style traces its roots to the fusion of African and European Music and was later born in New Orleans in the early 20th century. Some would say that jazz got its rhythm and quality of the "blues" from the African music and the way of playing an instrument from the artist's own expressive way.
    From European music, Jazz got its harmony that is similar to classical music. The instruments used in playing jazz music that accompanies the dance mostly originate from Europe like the saxophone, piano, and trumpet.
    In 1910, Joe Frisco Rooney, born Louis Joseph, a vaudeville star, popularized the loose-limbed style. He was a respected jazz dancer famous for his witty comedy. Jazz dance before the 1950s referred to tap dancing that was set to jazz music. Later on, the most popular forms of jazz dance include the:

    • Cakewalk
    • Black Bottom
    • Charleston
    • Jitterbug
    • Boogie Woogie
    • Swing Dancing
    • Lindy Hop
      Here are other fascinating facts about the jazz dance that you might have been missing:

    Where does its name come from?

    The word "Jazz" was picked by the American Dialect Society as the Word of the Twentieth Century. The word traces its origin from the early 20th-century slang term jasm, which came from jism or gism, according to linguists, had sexual connotations. These words would also refer to "spirit, energy, and spunk."

    Birth in New Orleans

    Despite its roots from two different continents, Jazz dance is uniquely an American creation that was born together with jazz music in New Orleans. It evolved from the experiences of African American in the cities of the US.

    Why in New Orleans? Unlike other cities in the United States, New Orleans, which was a port city, hosted people arriving from many parts of the world including the slaves who were able to retain their culture. They would gather to sing and dance in a place called Place des Negres, which was later called Congo Square. From there, artists were able to play together and blend all the ingredients to create jazz. Their dances were described as free dancing.

    The dance style was developed from energetic and jubilant street parties where people were encouraged to participate with the performers.

    Later on, the social dances such as the Charleston and Jitterbug, which have elements that are common with some dances from the Caribbean and Africa, gave their own contribution to developing the jazz dance. This makes it clear that the innovators of jazz were the African-Americans. It evolved from their folk songs and later was combined with the influences from other culture.

    Famous Jazz Choreographers

    Here are some of the most famous jazz choreographers known for their contribution to the development of jazz dance:

    • Katherine Dunham - Katherine Mary Dunham, an American dancer and choreographer, was able to incorporate dances which she got from her anthropological study trips to Africa and the Carribean with ballet during the 1930s. She was regarded as the “matriarch and queen of black dance.”
    • Alvin Ailey - Dunham later influenced the choreography of the American choreographer and activist, Alvin Ailey. Ailey became popular for creating a multi-racial modern dance ensemble. Ailey was able to merge modern dance with the gospel, blues, and African-American spirituals.
    • Jack Cole - Jack Cole was a dancer, choreographer, and theatre director who is regarded as the father of jazz dance technique. He mixed ethnic movement with jazz and inspired Gwen Verdon, Bob Foss, Jerome Robbines, to name a few.
    • Michael Kidd - Michael Kidd was an American stage and film choreographer, dancer, and actor who was known for merging graceful classic dance with jazz to show a character. He was the first to win five Tony Awards for Best Choreography and was famous for Finian’s Rainbow; Guys and Dolls; and his choreography of Fred Astaire’s The Band Wagon.
    • Jerome Robbins - Jerome Robbins was a most sought-after American choreographer on Broadway. He was famous for the West Side Story, The King and I, The Pajama Game, to name a few. He merged ballet with street style and everyday movements.
    • Luigi (Eugene Louis Faccuito) - Luigi was an American dancer and choreographer who created the technique that became the foundation of theatrical jazz dancing. His movements embodied free-flowing style, grace, and balance. He was later named as the “father of classic jazz.”
    • Gus Giordano - Gus Giordano was an American jazz dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He was famous among jazz dancers in the 1960s for his freestyle and dance movements that isolate the head and the torso. He created the Jazz Dance World Congress.   

    The Benefits of Learning Jazz Dance

    Like other dances, jazz dancing has a lot of benefits and since it is a rule-breaker in dance movements, jazz dance allows the dancers to fully express themselves and experiment in movements. Here are some benefits of learning jazz dance: 

    • Improves body coordination - Jazz dancers have an improved sense of coordination as routines challenge their body in so many different ways with isolation and syncopation. 
    • Cardiovascular workout - Jazz dance require fast-paced movements that are aerobic in nature. These workouts promote physical stamina and for the heart. The dance movements also make the body release hormones called endorphins that make dancers feel good. 
    • Muscle memory - Jazz performers challenge themselves to perform even the smallest movement required in the routine. While the body is working hard to do the fast-paced movements, the mind is also exerting efforts in memorizing the slightest details needed for the performance.
    • Improves concentration and mood - Jazz dances improve the performer’s mood and concentration by providing an opportune time for focus. The dance movements are also good for relieving stress. 
    • Promotes mental health - Since jazz dances are expressive, dancers benefit from being able to express their emotions. A study conducted by professors from John Hopkins University found out that jazz musicians would turn on the brain’s medial prefrontal cortex, which allows self-expression to flow and turn off the brain’s prefrontal and lateral orbital regions, the parts of the brain that is linked to controlling the self-inhibitions and introspection.

     

     

    Learning Jazz Dance

    Jazz dancing needs the commitment to learn various dance moves and to express oneself genuinely. Jazz dance today is a mixture of other dances and frantic movements like fancy foot works, quick turns, jumps, bounces, and kicks.

    Although jazz dance is a hybrid of sorts, there are basic steps that are iconic in this type of genre. Here are some of the basic jazz dance steps:

      • Jazz Walk - Every jazz dancer’s walk is different and this step gives them room for improvisation and individual expression.
      • Jazz Square - Jazz dancers usually do the jazz square which includes stepping forward on the right or left foot, crossing over the other foot to the first foot, stepping back with the first foot and bringing both feet side by side. This step is done with an altitude in the upper torso accented by a motion. It can be done in groupings of two or more.
      • Isolations - Jazz dancers are well-known for isolating the chest, hips or other parts of the body during the performance. Isolating, or moving a body part individually is a key skill for jazz dancers. To isolate their hips, for instance, dancers exercise by loosening their knees, extend their arms out to the sides and hold their chest and legs as still as possible while swinging their hips from side to side.
      • Ballet’s Chassé - This step can take a variety of forms depending on the speed of the dancers’ performance. To do a chassé is similar to chasing steps with dancers a foot forward or to the side and bringing the other foot next to it. As the dancer bring up their second foot to join the first one, he or she creates a skipping movement.
      • Jazz Layout - Jazz dancers perform this iconic, classic and dramatic with a high kick in the air and simultaneously performing an extreme back bend with arched head and extended arms. 

    If you are interested in taking jazz dance lessons, make sure to get lessons from professional dance choreographers from Hips Don’t Lie who will guide you to effectively learn the basic turns, steps, kicks and other combination of movements. Plus, taking a class with other students will not only give you skills but a community of like-minded performers who are determined to improve their craft.

     

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