Jazz Dancing – Attitude

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jazz dance instructor, Roger Bennett Riggle, demonstrates advanced jazz dancing including attitude.

    Roger Bennett Riggle: My name is Roger Bennett Riggle and here we are at the Berrend Dance Center. Today we are demonstrating Advanced Jazz Dancing and here is one of my senior dancers Mackenzie Royce (ph). We will now demonstrate for you, Attitude. So Mackenzie will take the bar and her arm will go to the second position, which is forward and I will hold her to help her out a little bit. Again, Attitude is very much like Aerobesque, but in Aerobesque the leg is straight and in Attitude, the leg is bent on an angle. Again, the sternum or the breast bone is lifted and up and then as she goes into Attitude, you will notice that again, it takes lots of training and strength for the back and the buttocks muscles to be able to hold that leg up and then the leg is slightly bent and again the foot is turned out, so that you get a nice, straight line for the audience to be able to see. This is an Attitude on a flat foot and this is Attitude in releve, which means to rise up on to the toe. The Attitude you will see today in the dance sequence is demonstrated in the Stag Leap, the jump that we will show you in the sequence and coming up next in our advanced jazz dancing, we will show you how to Chasez.