Jazz is probably my favourite class of the week. If you’re not sure about jazz, I put it to people like this:
- ballet is structure
- contemporary is shapes
- jazz is rhythm.
And it’s bootcamp because Larissa McGowan is really big on conditioning.
Larissa is just flat out amazing, and I’m quite happy to go on record as a total fangirl. I would travel a long bloody way to do a class with Larissa. It makes me extremely happy to have a scholarship with a school where she’s a regular teacher.
I first took her classes at ADT. She was the first teacher I had as a grownup who was active in providing corrections, big on posture, and (actually almost crazily) big on working both sides of your body equally. In Larissa’s class, you always work your left side.
Of course, it’s not just the conditioning (which is intense and also extremely welcome - few teachers really rock it like she does), but she is super friendly, really good fun, and her choreography is killer.
Larissa McGowan, choreographer and dancer (Source.)
Going back to jazz was something I really had wanted to do for ages, but was also terrified about. You know, the whole haven’t-done-it-since-I-was-nine-years-old kind of terrified.
Happily, the jazz class is intermediate. So, it’s a lot of drills, a lot of technique, and good combinations that are more of a stretch than a beginner class.
Plus the choreography is full of zazz. It’s attitude you don’t get anywhere else.
All I want now is the opportunity to do a performance-length piece. Nothing screams DANCE ME like jazz does. But then we strike that problem that adults don’t perform, they exercise. So frustrating.
One day. *sigh* Maybe that day might come sooner if I get my daily drills on.