Lexington Jazz Dance Classes | Lexington Dance Studio – Jazz dance is usually associated with styles of dance seen on Broadway. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse’s work, which is exemplified by Broadway shows such as Chicago, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, and The Pajama Game. Modern jazz dance continues to be an essential element of musical theatre, and it can often be seen in music videos and competitive dance. Jazz dancers often wear leather jazz shoes, colored either black or beige, to help them move smoothly when executing turns. Prior to dancing, dancers typically perform exercises in order to warm up and stretch muscles so as to prevent injuries. In addition, core strengthening exercises are often used for conditioning. Modern jazz dance is frequently influenced by other dance styles such as acro, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. In turn, many other dance styles are influenced by jazz dance. As in most forms of dance, technique is the foundation for all modern jazz dance movement. In particular, jazz dancers benefit from a sound working knowledge of ballet technique and, consequently, jazz dance curriculum commonly includes ballet training. Dancers who have mastered jazz dance technique are free to focus on the stylistic and performance aspects of dance. Class will include a warm up, stretching and strengthening, progressions across the floor (such as jumps and turns) and a sequence of choreography or a technical combination.