The fundamentals of Jazz Dance are found in many other styles including Musical Theatre, making this class necessary for any aspiring dancer or actor. Jazz dance often utilizes modern music and features syncopated movements, energetic choreography, and complex patterns. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate the foundational elements of jazz dance in a piece to be performed at the end of class Showcase production.
Julie Gernand is thrilled to be working with CYT once more after a long hiatus! She previously taught in DuPage, Aurora, and NW Cook, and choreographed "Annie Jr", "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Tarzan". Julie holds degrees in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has also choreographed and taught for Heritage Homeschool Workshops, Metropolis Theatre, and Infinity Arts Academy: Chicago, and Overshadowed Theatrical Productions. Julie is blessed to be wife to Ted and mama to Ben (5)and Peter (1). She is so grateful for the opportunity to dance with such wonderful students in the beautiful CYT community!