2nd Week (15-19/7) – 2 hours/day
18:30-20:30, DANCE CENTRE CLASS 2
Authentic jazz is a type of dance that appeared in United States in the beginning of the 20th century, and especially in the 20’s -40’s. It is derived from the African-American culture and dancing and it grew concurrently with early jazz music. It is a very expressive and rhythmic dance and its characteristic is the individuality of each dancer.
In this workshop, we will focus on some basic jazz steps, their variations and also a variety of steps that have derived from other dances such as tap dance and Charleston. Furthermore, as rhythm and music are essential in authentic jazz dance, we will emphasize on the characteristics of jazz music, such as rhythm, form and syncopation. Having a continuing dialogue with music, the dancer will improve his/her musicality, learn the basic characteristics of jazz dance and experience the art of improvisation. The workshop will end by creating some jazz choreographies.
Eirini Dimaki was born and raised in Ermoupolis, Syros, Greece. She graduated from the department Of Early Childhood Education and later on from the Orff Institute in Athens. She lives in Athens and works as teacher for early elemental music and dance education (Orff) at a private school. She started dancing Lindy Hop in 2010 and since then she has been taught by many famous Lindy Hoppers. She started teaching Lindy Hop in 2014 at studios in both Athens and Syros Island (Akropoditi). She also teaches authentic jazz dance to adults and primary school children, giving priority to musicality, rhythm and improvisation as a mean of expression and communication. Taught by the tap dancers and body music performers Thanos Daskalopoulos as well as Keith Terry, she dances Tap dance and uses Body Music for both expression and a way of teaching. In 2015 and in 2018, she collaborated with the dancer and choreographer Natasa Avra by making a lindy hop choreography in her dance theater performance “Perfect World” (2015) and by tap dancing in her dance performance “The Limit” (2018).