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Solo Jazz

Solo jazz or Charleston is a solo improvisation to jazz music. It allows you to express music in the language of your body and improve your skills in other dance styles.

Solo Jazz dance

Solo improvisation for jazz music, otherwise called Solo-jazz or Charleston, stands somewhat apart from the other swing dances. Solo jazz has its own forms of interaction between partners or in a group, but first of all it’s a dance that shows the individuality and understanding of the music of the dancer performing it.

People began to play music with the movements of their bodies from the moment of the appearance of this music. The dancers of the "swing era" in the 20's and 30's were no exception and not only played music, but often did it with humor, showing in short movements in 4-8 counts the waiter who earns tips by skillful maneuvering between tables, or the proprietress of the bar, pushing policemen from her storefront.

The most successful performances or "routines" eventually acquired the status of hieratical. All the visitors of a particular dance hall learned them and when a certain melody sounded, they synchronously performed it. With the development of cinema, television and the insertion of jazz on them, such "routines" became the property of an entire country or even the entire dance community.

However, no matter what the solo jazz dancer learned - Big Apple, Shim Sham or just taught a set of classical solo-jazz movements, he will certainly bring something of his own, because there are no two identical people in the world.

Solo jazz will be useful to any swing dancer, because in addition to the fact that many of their movements are common due to generical ancestors and development environment, he will also allow and diversify the dance with individual improvisations. Those who have never danced will find in Solo Jazz a lot of ways for self-expression.