We call it impact jazz because unlike a standard technique class, our focus is more on getting you sweating than making sure your form is perfect (though we can help with that, too)! You’ll feel the impact on your entire body.
Class begins with a warm-up that includes exercises to develop coordination and isolation control, followed by breakdowns of moves that you’ll piece together in a non-stop cardio workout. By the end of the 50-minute class, you’ll have built a choreographed routine.
Just as jazz draws inspiration from a multitude of musical styles including swing, blues, pop, soul and funk, our class will explore different “themes” every week, from musical theater to disco. You might even recognize influences of hip-hop, house, swing and Bolliwood.
While it’s not necessary to have dance experience for any of our classes, this one will also be suitable for more advanced dancers. Instructor Kathy Silvestri will start with basic moves accessible to all dance levels, and then layer in optional leaps, pirouettes, chasay turns, and intricate footwork for those looking for more technical challenges. The class won’t specifically dedicate time to work on technical concepts such as spotting and center control, however, Kathy can offer tips upon request.
Come dressed to sweat. If you don’t have dance sneakers or jazz shoes, regular sneakers will do just fine.