Jazz is all-American fun, exciting and full of rhythm, and can improve creativity, musicality, and coordination. With its roots in jazz music, this style brings life and energy to dancers who perform it. At Melody Lane, we teach classical jazz, Broadway, and Latin infusion. Students will use the whole floor as they work on jazz techniques and combinations, including leaps, runs, and jumps. Tap is one of the oldest dance forms in America. Through tap, students have a chance to show their personalities through integrated jazz techniques. Come try jazz and tap at Melody Lane!
Melody Lane Jazz & Tap Students
DANCE EXPLORERS (ages 3-7)
Melody Lane is proud to offer 19 classes to introduce very young children to jazz and tap. In these classes, young students will explore jazz, tap, and ballet. Through movement, children can develop their fine motor skills. This class will teach about the classroom community and can help improve social skills. As the child moves to music, his or her creativity and imagination can increase. Dance Explorers is a positive place to have fun!
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Jazz & Tap 1-2
This beginner’s jazz and tap class (about ages 5 to 7) focuses on learning basic steps, combinations of steps, and the movements within a jazz framework. These young students will learn rhythmic tap, buck, wing, and clog, working towards group precision with flare. Every spring, the class performs a choreographed routine at a venue, often the historic Capitol Theatre.
Jazz & Tap 3
In this jazz and tap class (about ages 7 to 9), students learn both rhythm and Broadway styles, building upon the basic techniques they’ve learned. They’ll work to improve their timing, leg and foot coordination, and personal style to various types of music. Every spring, the class performs a choreographed routine at a venue, often the historic Capitol Theatre.
Jazz and tap 4
In this specialized jazz and tap class, students (about ages 9 to 12) will expand their knowledge of jazz and tap, exploring dance tricks and combinations and improving their personal style and flare. Students will continue to develop their tap vocabulary to achieve more advanced tap combinations to many types of music.Every spring, the class performs a jazz routine at a venue, often the historic Capitol Theatre.
Tuesdays 6:00-7:20 p.m.
Jazz 4 (Currently Not Available)
This jazz class is for students (about ages 13 to 18) who have learned all the jazz basics and are ready to move on to more challenging choreography. Students have the chance to improve their quality of movement and to perform jazz technique correctly. In these classes, the students’ dance artistry is developed. Every spring, the class performs a jazz routine at a venue, often the historic Capitol Theatre.
TAP 4 (Currently Not Available)
This is Melody Lane’s highest level of tap class and is for teens. In this class, students will refine their personal style while developing a solid foundation in tap repertory at a faster pace. Every spring, the class performs an advanced choreographed tap routine at a venue, often the historic Capitol Theatre.
“When I realized I was alive…and I could walk and talk, I could dance.”
-- Gregory Hines, Tap Dancer
-- Gregory Hines, Tap Dancer