Jazz steps & fast dancing

This week we focused on fast dancing by working on individual as well as shared dance issues.  We learned a short sequence and then danced it to faster and faster songs.  Congrats to all of you for becoming more driven when the music became too fast, instead of being discouraged.  Great attitudes all around!We started the class with a round robin of jazz steps…but when no one could think of any, we decided to brainstorm them all together.  Here’s what we came up with (jazz steps, movements, and misc things):

  •  Fish tails
  • Spank the baby
  • Shorty George
  • Tacky Annie
  • Jump Charleston
  • Pushes
  • Cross overs
  • Helicopter
  • Apple Jacks
  • Stomp off
  • Kick ball change
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Itches
  • Fall off the log
  • Box step
  • Knee slaps
  • Camel walks
  • Heel pop
  • Boogie down
  • Boogie forward
  • Boogie back
  • Tick tock
  • Cakewalk
  • “Blues walk” (strut)
  • Lock step (& turn)
  • Suzie Q
  • Pickin’ apples
  • Rocks
  • Skates
  • Shoe shine
  • Corkscrew
  • Ochos
  • Lolly kicks
  • Break a leg
  • Pimp walk
  • Pecking
  • Gaze afar
  • “Sumo”
  • Eagle slide
  • Scoot
  • Swivels
  • Runs
  • Hitch
  • Matrix dip
  • Heel click
  • Trucking
  • Rusty Dusty
  • Mess around
  • Shimmy
  • Low downs
  • Charlie Brown
  • Rubber legs
  • Crazy legs
  • Rocking horse
  • Half break
  • Thrusts
  • Black bottom
  • Crab walk
  • Paddles
  • Pushes
  • Drags
  • Sweeps
  • Heel slide
  • V-slide

This is by no means an exhaustive list of jazz steps, just what we thought of on that day.  We’re going to continue with round robins to keep these jazz steps fresh in our minds, and we’ll go over the more tricky ones to be sure that everyone can do them.  We’ll also ad to the list every week of course.  Yay, solo jazz rules! 

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