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Chapter 1 Introduction to Jazz Dance Defining Jazz Dance Benefits of Studying Jazz Dance Jazz Class Expectations and Etiquette Summary Chapter 2 Preparing for Class Dressing for Class Attire for Women Carrying Dance Gear Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically Jazz Dance Class Structure Roles of the Teacher, Musician, and Students Summary Chapter 3 Safety and Health Studio Safety Personal Safety Basic Anatomy and Kinesiology Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest Summary Chapter 4 Learning and Performing Jazz Technique Learning Movement Technique Analyzing Movement Skills Honing Musicality and Rhythmic Skills Enhancing Performance in Class Developing a Performance Attitude Summary Chapter 5 Basic Jazz Positions Body Alignment Positions of the Feet Positions of the Arms Hand Positions Positions of the Body Studio and Stage Directions Summary Chapter 6 Basic Jazz Techniques Getting Started Basic Warm-Up Techniques 7 videos Basic Isolation Techniques 7 videos Basic Coordination Techniques7 videos Basic Conditioning Techniques 15-18 videos Summary Chapter 7 In the Center and Across the Floor Exercises in the Center Exercises Across the Floor Types of Combinations Summary Chapter 8 History of Jazz Dance Development of Jazz Dance as a Performing Art Jazz Dance Forms and Styles Viewing Jazz Dance Performances Summary

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Featured at various dance events throughout the UK and Europe. Reviews in UK and European dance websites, magazines and journals including Dancing Times, Dance UK, Dance Today and Dance Europe. Solus emails, inclusion in online newsletters and posted on Human Kinetics' Health and Fitness Blog.

About the Author

James Robey, MFA, is assistant professor of dance and department chair at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received the Messing Faculty Award in 2015. He was director of the prestigious Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance for 10 years, during which he also created the Robey Jazz Dance Technique and Syllabus. He has taught as faculty or adjunct faculty at numerous universities, schools for the performing arts, and dance studios. Robey was artistic director and company artist for James Robey Dance for 14 years. He has danced for many companies, beginning his dance career in 1990. He has also acted as choreographer for numerous ballets and dance ensembles over the years, and he has presented at conferences and written numerous articles on jazz dance and related topics. Robey is on the board of directors of the American College Dance Association and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, National Association of Schools of Dance, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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