The steps and essential style of jazz dancing, originated from the cultural dances of Africans brought to the America in the 18th century. Originally, the term jazz dance encompassed any dance performed to jazz music, including both tap dance and jitterbug.

Over time, a clearly defined jazz genre emerged, changing from a street dance to a theatrical dance performed on stage by professionals. Some scholars and dancers, especially Swing and Lindy Hop dancers, still regard the term jazz dance as an umbrella term which includes both the original and the evolved versions: they refer to the theatrical form of jazz dance as modern jazz.

Our Jazz classes here are a favourite amongst our dance students, new and returning. This class focuses on teaching not only jazz but also lyrical and hip hop. Students are exposed to dance routines from world renowned stage musical 'Chicago', to the choreography associated with a Beyonce music video.  It also teaches the basic elements of performance and dance technique in a fun and energetic manner.  Jazz classes are taught by our resident choreographer David O'Connor and Dance Teacher Aoibhinn Quirke.

Click here for an example of the type of routine you can expect from a Jazz class.

Bookings open in August 2022.



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My daughter Aoibhe Lilly has attended Centre Stage for the past 5 years. The overall experience has been phenomenal. She has always enjoyed the high standard of classes on offer. Centre Stage offers a caring, nurturing environment, where love of arts is encouraged, in a place where children can dance, act, sing, laugh and have fun, making lifelong friends and memories. In Aoibhes own words 'It's my happy place'!

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My daughter has been attending Centre Stage School for 4 years. She started with Theatre Tots and moved on ward from there. The musical theatre classes have been instrumental in the development of her self-confidence, as well as her great love for music and dance. The teachers and staff include and encourage all children of all abilities, and each child has a chance to shine. I couldn’t recommend Centre Stage School highly enough. Thank you to everyone there for the amazing work you do!  

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