CindyClough

30 Techniques, Drills and Exercises for Your Jazz Dance Routines
by Cindy Clough

Set the tone for your practices and performances with these tips from noted dance coach Cindy Clough. She discusses a variety of topics including how to prepare your dancers for the pressures of a competition, "cleaning" your routines and projecting power during a performance.

In this dance coaching video course, Coach Clough and the Just for Kix team demonstrate and teach more than 20 turns, jumps and leaps you can use to add style and power to your team's jazz dance routines. Each segment shows you how to perform each move, common errors to look for and correct, and full speed and slow motion modeling of each turn, jump and leap.

Additionally, the Coach Clough demonstrates a core building drill you can use to create competition-like pressure during practice and ten ab exercises you can use to build core strength.

This course is a surefire way to help you improve the technical aspects of your team's jazz routines!!


1 Introduction 01:05
Chapter 1: Style, Choreography, and Power
2 Style 01:10
3 Exposure 00:23
4 Choreography 01:04
5 Power 00:37
6 Flexibility 00:24
7 Step Outside the Box 00:27
8 Cleaning 01:11
Chapter 2: Turns
9 Turns 01:04
10 Prepping a Basic Pirouette 02:32
11 Alternate Ways to Prep 00:19
12 Arm Placement on the Prep 00:59
13 Landing a Turn 00:43
14 Spotting Drills 01:56
15 Chaînés Turn 03:15
16 A La Seconde 02:18
17 Fouetté Turn 00:56
18 Fouetté (To Whip) 00:30
19 Piqué Turn 01:08
20 Changing Spot a La Seconde Turns 01:25
21 Changing Spot a La Seconde Turns Variation 01:04
22 A La Seconde into a Float Turn 02:07
23 Exercise at Barre for Balance and Spotting 01:00
24 Turns: Conclusion 00:42
Chapter 3: Core Strength
25 Getting Started with Core Exercises 01:07
26 Basic Crunch 01:30
27 Crossover Crunch 00:28
28 Crossover Crunch, Toes Pointed Up 00:16
29 Crossover Crunch, Toes Pointed, Drop Opposite Leg 00:34
30 Lower Legs, Back Flat on Floor 01:08
31 Lean Back, Arms in Front 00:46
32 Lean Back, Arms Side to Side 00:20
33 Lean Back, Bicycle Motion 00:19
34 Plank 00:52
35 Plank, Dip Hips to Ground 00:28
36 Back Stretch 00:19
Chapter 4: Jumps & Leaps
37 Firebird Jump 01:08
38 "C" Jumps 00:56
39 Turning "C" Jump 01:07
40 Tilt Jump 01:33
41 Running Tilt Jump 00:33
42 Pitch Kick 00:48
43 Drill for Height on Leaps 00:50
44 Basic Straight Leap 01:50
45 Basic Straight Leap Variation 00:28
46 Switch Leap 01:01
47 Open Second Leap 01:22
48 Back Attitude Leap 01:39
49 Surprise Leap 00:56
50 Reverse Leap 00:49
51 Opposition Leap 01:07
Chapter 5: More Moves
52 Stretch for 180º Extension 00:26
53 180º Extension 00:22
54 Standing Illusion 00:39
55 Turning Leg Grab 00:36
56 Jazz Walk 03:05

CindyClough Cindy Clough Executive Director of Just for Kix

Cindy Clough, Just for Kix Executive Director & Brainerd (MN) High School Dance Coach, brings more than 30 years of expertise to this video. Clough helped choreograph the halftime show at the 2011 Super Bowl. She has also directed and choreographed half-time performances at the Freedom Bowl, Hall of Fame Bowl, Orange Bowl, Citrus Bowl and Outback Bowl.

Just for Kix oversees precision dance team programs involving 18,000 elementary, middle school, junior high and high school dancers in over 150 communities in seven Midwestern states.

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