Keep Learning from your Home!
Being stuck at home won't stop us from learning! Join our weekly ZOOM events every Thursday night for lessons from amazing full-time artists. Description below, artist lineup below that.
Starting 3/19/20 we'll be running the Jazz Attack PRO SERIES online:
Lesson Level: These lessons are intended for folks with a solid beginner foundation in solo jazz. You can expect an instructor to shout out something like "Tacky Annies" or "Jump Charleston" without diving into an explanation of what each move means. HOWEVER, the first week of each month will be a movement-focused lesson that should be accessible to all levels. Additionally, starting in June, we will be booking instructors in 2-week blocks where the first week should be simpler.
*Drop in any week! All lessons will be able to be done without a partner.
PRO Instructors: Jazz Attack is committed to supporting the full-time artists that keep this scene swingin'. Many of these artists have lost nearly all of their work due to this crisis, so it's crucial that we're there to support them when we can. We are committed to supporting both our local artists and regional/national/international-level artists. Know someone you think we should support? Send us a message! Artist lineup below.
Recaps & Recordings: Each week's lesson will be accompanied by a recap video and some words of wisdom from the artist. We will make these available in the Jazz Attack Facebook Group, and will try to get them uploaded to YouTube soon. Lessons cannot be recorded in full to respect the privacy of our participants (who sometimes show up onscreen), the work of the artists themselves (same as we wouldn't record a full in-person lesson), and music copyrights.
*Please note that instructors will send along recaps when they're able, but this may not be right away
To Donate: It's contributions from dancers like you that make this all possible. We invite those who are able to contribute $5-15+, which directly support our PRO & DJ for the night. We aim to pay our PROs much more than their asking rate. We accept donations via Venmo: @Phrygian (preferred method; if asked, last 4 digits are 1650) or PayPal:
All classes run from 8:00-9:00PM EST. We encourage everyone to join the ZOOM at least 5 minutes early to get everything set up. Once the lesson begins, the JA team will mute your microphone. Depending on the number of people in the stream we may also mute participant videos to reduce lag. Let's dance!
March 26: Lily Kind
Charleston Combination and Breakdown
We don't have a recap from this one. You just had to be there! BUT you should check out Lily's weekly solo jazz classes with Urban Movement Arts
April 2: Evita Arce
"The Lenox" Routine by Syncopated City Dance Company
Song: The Lenox by Glenn Crytzer's Savoy Seven
April 9: Carla Crowen
Drills for More Thrills
Creating habits, intentions and goals, initial steps, and creative spaces
Songs: Opus one (Gene Krupa), Georgia Camp Meeting (Paul Cosentino)
April 16: Caleb Teicher
Variations on a Short Sequence
Song: Satin Doll by Duke Ellington
April 23: Ramona Staffeld
Bebop Solo Jazz Routine
Song: Au Privave by Hank Mobley (written by Charlie Parker)
April 30: Jon Tigert**
**DOUBLE TROUBLE: Lesson - Step Touch as the Foundation of Everything
DJ Set - Vintage Concert Videos that I Can't Play at a Social Dance
Description & recap video
May 7: Gaby Cook & the Boilermaker Jazz Band
Two-Part Solo Jazz Routine for your AABA or ABAB Enjoyment
Live Set from the Boilermaker Jazz Band
Learn a phrase of solo jazz choreography with Gaby! This is a combo created for the Virtual Jazz Attack Pro Series that includes a recap and brief breakdown of the movements. Music: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" by Coleman Hawkins
May 14: Naomi Uyama**
**DOUBLE TROUBLE: Lesson - Solo Jazz Routine, DJ Set - Naomi & Her Handsome Devils Deep Dive
Song: Little Girl Blues by Naomi & her Handsome Devils
May 21: Christian Frommelt & Chelsea Reed (DJ)
Week 4 of our Dancer/Bandleader focus series
The incredible Christian Frommelt of St. Louis will take us through a solo movement journey, followed by Chelsea Reed's virtual DJ debut! Chelsea has specially curated a "Walking Tour Through Philly" set, featuring artists that have played right here in Philly with historical notes about the theatres that have been home to jazz right here in the city of brotherly love.
May 28: Laura Glaess**
Week 5 of our Dancer/Bandleader focus series
San Antonio's finest, Laura Glaess is pulling double duty with a killer solo jazz lesson followed by a set of songs that's sure to get you movin'!
June 4 & 11: Adam Brozowski
Weeks 1 & 2 of our LGBT+ influence in Lindy Hop & Jazz series
Week 1 (LECTURE): LGBTQAI+ History In Jazz and Swing: Adam Brozowski (He/Him) will share his research into the hidden queer roots and influence of Jazz and Swing. Along the way he will also speak about how Queer identity has shaped the Lindy Hop community in the past as well as modern day. We will look at influential artist, musicians, songs and stories of strong queer voices that have shaped the dances and music we love.
Week 2 (LESSON): TBA, but expect something awesome
June 18 & 25: Erin Morris
Weeks 3 & 4 of our LGBT+ influence in Lindy Hop & Jazz series
Description to come!