Latin Jazz is known as one of the aesthetic forms that synthesises much with the Latin American culture. Latin Jazz combines movements and rhythms of Merengue, Salsa, Mambo, Lambada, Cha Cha Cha or Samba with the Jazz Dance Technique and typically employs rhythms that either have a direct analogue in African dance, or exhibit an African influence. The two main categories of Latin Jazz are: Afro-Cuban Jazz –rhythmically based on Cuban popular dance music, often with a rhythm section employing ostinato patterns or a clave. Afro-Brazilian Jazz – includes Bossanova and Jazz Samba.
This Latin Jazz class is divided into four very well-defined blocks. In the first block includes stretching coordinated with muscle power exercises and dance technique. In the second block we will work with the isolations associated with the Latin competition technique and Afro-Cuban dance. The third block consists of different diagonals with combinations associated with Jazz technique fused with Latin movements. And in the last block we will end the class with a choreography combining everything we have learned.Juanjo Hinojosa