JAZZ DANCE is a staple of musical theatre – one of those core styles all musical theatre students should have in their repertoire. So what steps should you perfect first?

For guidance, Dramatics asked Santana Trujillo, owner of Gayton Dance Studio in Denver, Colorado, and a regular teaching artist for Thespian events at both the Colorado chapter and international levels. Trujillo earned her BFA in dance theatre from AMDA College of Performing Arts and now teaches and choreographs jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop.

Her picks for the top five jazz moves every student should learn:

  1. Chasse (pronounced “sha-say”)
  2. Turning step
  3. Point turn, aka pivot
  4. Kick ball change
  5. Pirouette

Ready to get dancing? Put on your comfy clothes and follow along with Trujillo’s five-minute dance lesson.

Like what you see? Learn more musical theatre dance moves in Santana Trujillo’s workshops at Thespian Nation Live, January 29-31, 2021.

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