Jazz

Unique moves from the traditional and modern-funk eras of Jazz

New or Returning to Jazz?

We understand that starting dance classes as an adult can be daunting, especially when you’re joining a class of students who have already been learning for weeks. To help overcome this, we run a 6-week Jazz BASICS course tailored specifically for adults with little to no dance experience. You can join our Jazz BASICS courses comforted by the knowledge that others in the class are also novice dancers like you.

The BASICS courses are designed to break things down to the bare basics, starting with concepts like posture, the names of the different positions, and how the steps relate to each other. Each course is a complete 6-week term, consisting of one 75-minute class per week.

Each class builds on lessons from the class before it (hence why term enrolment is required), progressively teaching you the core fundamentals of Jazz dancing. Casual attendance is not permitted in this class, as attending class sporadically will not enable students to develop the skills needed to progress and enjoy our Beginner or Elementary Jazz class.

After completing a BASICS course, you’ll have the skills to join an Absolute Beginners Jazz Class, or a Standard Beginners/Elementary Jazz Class. You can do the BASICS course as many times as you like, until you feel confident enough to progress to another level. We advise you speak to your teacher regularly to check on your progress and see when you’ll be ready to move up. Please remember that everyone learns differently and at a different pace. It’s important not to compare yourself to others. Aim to be patient with yourself, and trust in the process.

Jazz BASICS COURSE

Dee Dee Luscious

Dee Dee Luscious

Dee Dee Luscious has had a love for the performing arts since her kinder years. Dancing, singing and acting she is a general stage hog and enjoys seeing others find their passion in what makes them happy.

Deby Holmes

Deby Holmes

Currently on the inaugural dance panel of the Performing Arts WA awards, on faculty  at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and proudly part of the dance family at The Dance Workshop, Deby mentors, teaches and choreographs  multi-generation of dancers in WA.

Rafaela Lico

Rafaela Lico

Rafaela is an established Perth performer/ choreographer and the founder and director of Elysian Creative. In 2020 she directed and choreographed her debut show “The Underground”. Rafaela is passionate about teaching and making her students feel strong, empowered and provide them with quality training.

Ashanti Bala

Ashanti Bala

Ashanti is the Director of The Dance Workshop. She began her dance training in Perth in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Flamenco. At the age of 18 Ashanti completed her Commonwealth Society Teachers of Dance Theatrical Student Teachers Diploma, and later completed the Spanish Dance Institute Teaching certificate.

Mckenzie Goldsmith

Mckenzie Goldsmith

McKenzie Goldsmith is a passionate and positive teacher and choreographer who loves to create, motivate and inspire people to become lifelong dancers.


Being over 50 is a fabulous period of your life, and.....combine that with a Jazz class designed for the 'mature person', makes it even more fabulous! Do you want to feel alive with the exuberance of Ashanti's music, choreography, technical skills and personality, along with the joy of meeting an amazing group of fellow class members? Then Fab After 50's Jazz on a Friday morning is a must for you - as it is for me!

Jane Ryan
April, 2022

Dance Classes

We have a timetable of casual drop-in classes from Beginners to Advanced levels. Dancers are welcome to join these classes at any time without any long term commitment.

We have a full schedule of classes. Our daytime classes run Tuesdays–Saturdays from 9:30am, as well as evening classes Mondays–Thursday from 5:30pm.

Book online below right now, or find out more details about our classes.

JAZZ

Jazz is a varied dance style consisting of unique moves from specific eras of jazz. Predominantly, Jazz includes learning and using techniques from classical training such as pirouettes and turns, kicks and jumps. Our classes include a mix of traditional jazz through to the modern-commercial styles of today.

Jazz is a fun and technical dance style that relies heavily on the teacher’s individual style, originality and improvisation, as jazz dancers incorporate different styles into their own expression of the dance. Jazz dancing often uses bold, dramatic body movements, including body isolations and contractions.

Jazz combines traditional jazz dance exercises such as leaps, turns, runs and kicks with current music. We have classes suitable for absolute beginners through to advanced level students.

We offer various streams of Jazz including, Broadway Jazz, Commercial Jazz, “Sexy Street” Jazz, and Lyrical Jazz. As well as your traditional Jazz Dance Class. The main differences between all of them are the music and the stylistic expression of the individual teacher. If you are new to dance, we highly suggest starting in our Dance BASICS Course to learn the foundations and technique of Jazz dance. After completing a term or so of Dance BASICS you will find that you will have the confidence and understanding of the basic technique needed to participate in other Jazz styles.

Fab After 50s

Our highly popular Fab After 50s jazz class is designed specifically for dancers over 50 who already have dance experience and a basic knowledge of dance.

We promise no fast turns, jumps, leaps, high kicks or floor work. But that doesn’t mean we slow it down or “dumb” it down.

This is a class for dancers at the mature stages of physical movement. You love to dance, but need to moderate the physical demands of energetic moves. You are also definitely beyond the mind-numbing nature of Zumba and need a new challenge!

Stretch & Flex

This class is designed to complement your existing dance practice.

If you have only been dancing for a few months or for several years this class with help supplement your dance practice, with a full 75-minute focus of stretching the entire body.

Bring a yoga mat and a towel, and be prepared for some long deep stretches, both dynamic, and static, that will help you with mobility and flexibility.

This class is not suitable for non dancers, or those starting for the first time.

If you have any existing injuries it is advised you obtain advice from a practicing physiotherapist with respect to limitations and you make modifications in the class as you need to based on their advice.

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