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Jazz dancing can be inspired by jazz music. Jazz included elements from Ballet, Tap, and Jazz dancing. For this Jazz/Theater dance, dancers must have flexibility, fast, accurate feet, and power for lifts, leaps, and movements. Jazz Dancing differs from traditional music because of the music beats that it highlights. It is swingy and sharp with many quick movements that can require great flexibility. Some of the basic moves are twists, kicks, rolls, turns, and steps. Jazz is usually done in large groups of people. Jazz is taught to dance students, often in conjunction with ballet and tap dancing.
Modern dance is a movement form developed in the early 20th century. Although the term modern dances has also been applied to a category of 20th century ballroom dances, modern dance as a term usually refers to 20th century concert dance.
Pointe is a form of classical ballet, where a dancer uses special shoes (called pointe shoes or toe shoes). Although Pointe is difficult and often painful to learn, both men and women may benefit from studying pointe technique, however, most performance opportunities are for women only. Dancers must have the correct stance and to participate dancers must be approved by the director.
Students are taught Praise and Worship Dance, and Creative Movement.
What is now called jazz dance evolved out of tap dance. Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation. Choreographies typically start on the eighth beat, or between the eighth and the first count. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music and follow the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, otherwise known as acapella dancing.