The Building Blocks of Jazz
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Jazz is all about clean lines, traveling through your movement, and exuding confidence in your performance. Nick is here to teach you these fundamentals and how to become a strong all-around jazz dancer!
Nick Lazzarini is the winner of season 1 of So You Think You Can Dance. He specializes in jazz and has also trained extensively in contemporary, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop. Before winning So You Think You Can Dance, he went on an international tour with RAW Dance Company, founded by Mia Michaels. Nick was featured in Step Up: Revolution and has performed at the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the American Music Awards, and the MTV Video Music Awards. He has danced alongside some of the most notable musical artists in the industry, including Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Florence + the Machine. Nick was a founding member of Evolution Dance Company and Shaping Sound. He is on faculty at JUMP Dance Convention and tours regularly as a teacher and choreographer.
01: The Building Blocks of Jazz - Interview
Meet Nick Lazzarini, the very first winner of So You Think You Can Dance, and hear about the building blocks of jazz you’ll be learning in this course. Once you learn the basics, you’ll be able to do pretty much anything within the style: just trust yourself!
02: The Building Blocks of Jazz - Jazz Warm-Up
Warm up with Nick in this traditional jazz studio warm up. He’ll lead you through a stretch and conditioning sequence to ready your muscles for a jazz technique class.
03: The Building Blocks of Jazz - Jazz Basics 1
Learn how to change your weight with Nick, incorporating your plié and using the floor to prepare you for any jazz moves that come your way.
04: The Building Blocks of Jazz - Jazz Basics 2
Learn a few more jazz basics with Nick, including pivot turns and kick-ball-changes, incorporating arms and directional change into what you’ve already learned about weight change.
05: The Building Blocks of Jazz - Jazz Combo Part 1
Take what you’ve learned in basics with Nick and put it all together in a jazz dance set to music. Think less about being perfect and more about how dance makes you feel.
06: The Building Blocks of Jazz - Jazz Combo Part 2
Learn the second half of Nick’s jazz combo! See how all the vocabulary you’ve learned can fit together in a routine, and work on getting deeper into your plié for the full range of motion.