Introducing the Jump Rhythm Technique
Discover a new way to move and experience rhythm! The Jump Rhythm® Jazz Technique is a unique form of American rhythm dancing that has been called “the first genuine jazz technique in 40 years” (Dancer magazine, 1998). Created by Billy Siegenfeld, this technique combines vocalizations of rhythm (most commonly known as “scat singing”) with body percussion, tap dance, and movements based on the anatomical structure of the body and its natural alignments. Because dancers are working within the natural framework of body movement and structure, injury is less likely and dancers are able to extend the years that they are able to dance. (Siegenfeld, the founder, is still dancing professionally in his 60’s!) Dancers based in this technique are freed to use body movements and rhythm to tell stories without language, to place an emphasis on emotionally- and narratively-driven dancing.
What does Jump Rhythm look like? Combine the jazz and tap techniques of Fred Astaire, The Nicholas Brothers, and Gene Kelly, with the scat-singing of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, add in a dash of body percussion, and shake things up with music (everything from George Gershwin to Jessie J), and you begin to get an idea of what you’ll experience!