Jazz is a dance modality that emphasizes body line and torso mobility. It is continuous leg work, traditionally with the feet in parallel. Additionally, it tends to exaggerate the movement of certain parts of the body, such as the shoulders.

The Jazz submodalities are:

This submodality is characterized for its amalgamation, where there is a clear and marked fusion of 2 or more styles of this technique: Theater Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Latin Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Modern Jazz, etc.

In this submodality , we can find other subgenres and lines of jazz, such as Afrojazz, rock ‘n’ roll, Charleston, and jazz with a clear influence of lindy hop.

It must contain at least 30% of each style in cases of fusion.

This submodality is the incorporation of classic jazz or Broadway-style, recognized in musical theatre; also using posture and classic lines, as well as “isolations”, accompanied by gestures and interpretation.

Choreographically, the use of medium and medium-low levels predominates. It must not contain vocalization or playback. It is the predominant style in Broadway Musicals. Jack Cole and styles such as the Bob Fosse’s had a great influence on this jazz modality.

A maximum of 2 acrobatics or gymnastics elements will be allowed in this jazz submodality .

Is a jazz submodality that is based on the expression of emotions and feelings through the use of classic ballet lines and techniques, but not of its steps. It challenges choreographers and dancers to use movement to interpret the music lyric and emotion. In this submodality, ballad-like music is predominant, where the dance must flow from one movement to another without end.

Dance submodality typical of Jazz, it is distinguished from traditional jazz by the cadence and fusion with Latin dance techniques, the rhythm of Latin music and/or music with Latin influence such as: the mambo, the chachachá, the son, among others.

This submodality combines Jazz dance with elements of neoclassical and contemporary dance. It is characterized by its energy, precision and organicity. In this submodality there is an important use of both low level and ground use, such as big jumps and turns. Staccato and dynamic changes are also frequent in this musical and choreographic style.

Also known as “jazz pop” it is applied to happy and modern rhythms, it is characterized by its dynamism, energy, cheerful and sometimes mischievous attitude, which sometimes includes elements of fashion. It is implemented with commercial and/or modern music, with music influences from the 80s to the present. From funk, r&b, to current pop, among others.

It is a style where nowadays, a lot is played with flexibility and virtuosity.

Jazz shoes, jazz character shoes, half-soles shoes, or jazz tennis shoes must be used, according to the choreographical style.

In Lyrical Jazz and Contemporary jazz, barefoot dancing is allowed. The choreography can contain a maximum of four acrobatic and/or gymnastic elements, but theatre jazz can contain up to 2.

NOTE: In Theatrical Jazz, the choreographies inspired by existing works or characters will not be considered plagiarism. There will not be a penalty for plagiarism as long as the choreography does not exceed 45% of the total coincidence. Originality in choreographies will always be graded.

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