Portales Dance Academy


Jazz dance is shared by a large range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance related to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. Jazz dance was an integral part of jazz until the end of the swing era in the late 1940s. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz was a big hit in the early 1950s and it is still a well-loved style of dance all over the world.

Portales Dance Academy offers three Jazz classes for students ages 8 and up based on skill level.

Beginning Jazz

Intermediate Jazz

Advanced Jazz

Students are required to wear black jazz shoes, tan tights, any color leotard, and shorts or pants (can not be baggy or cover the feet).

Students can wear a shirt but it cannot be baggy. Students in Advanced Jazz will also need tan jazz shoes.