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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Podcast: Top 14 Perform

July 3, 2008 by  

 Last night the top 14 dancers were pushed to their limits with 2 routines each on the latest episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Dan and I take all 14 to task in this week’s SYTYCD Podcast!

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One Response to “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Podcast: Top 14 Perform”

  1. Jenna on July 3rd, 2008 7:03 pm

    Hey Kath!

    I am listening to the podcast as I type…I have danced my whole life so I thought I could offer up some info on “what the F” jazz is and how it differs from contemporary…or at least my perspective.

    Jazz dance technique is steeped in history and is an actual technique–meaning there is a defined style created by jazz dance legends like Bob Fosse and Katherine Dunham (and many more well before their time). Over time styles have evolved, but history remains a facet of the technique that was developed years ago. Like every type of dance technique, all things come from ballet, meaning pointed toes, full extension, and a general sense of the dancer feeling “lifted” above their own center of gravity to enable seamless and sharp movements and quick changes of direction. Typical “jazz dance” steps are forced arch contractions (seen in Will & Jessica’s routine at 0:22, for example), chainne turns, various leaps and the basics like jazz squares, jazz walks, etc.

    Contemporary, on the other hand, is much more grounded and requires a dancer to dig deep into the floor with their movements. Everything is deeper, wider, more organically approached. Contemporary allows for much more freedom in movement–flexed feet, moments of stillness, unusual arm and leg thrashes are all the norm. I suspect the show uses ‘contemporary’ as a genre as opposed to ‘modern,’ because like jazz, modern has several types of well-definied technique-Graham, Horton, Limon, etc.-that would not allow as much choreographic freedom as contemporary does.

    I hope this clears up this issue a little bit for you…of course the beauty of dance is that all things are up for interpretation, so experimentation in choreography is encouraged, and often the lines between genres and styles are blurred…so it’s all nebulous (ha! Office reference in my dance essay! sweet).