Contemporary Jazz

Contemporary Jazz

Contemporary Jazz dance in 'Iolani's Lower School uniquely combines a cutting-edge curriculum across multiple genres with performances, character education, and interaction with special guest artists.

Fifth and sixth grade Contemporary Jazz dance students explore a variety of jazz styles in this performance-oriented elective class.  Dancers attend forty-minute classes three times per week in the Lower School Dance Room.  Contemporary Jazz students are featured in a number of performances throughout the year including the Fifth Grade Play, Spring Dance Showcase, as well as other school events.  The class looks forward to interaction with Upper School dance students at the Spring Dance Showcase typically held at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Visiting guest artists offer invaluable learning opportunities for these budding young dancers.  In recent years, Contemporary Jazz students have enjoyed inspiring meetings with guest artists specializing in the areas of stage make-up, nutrition/injury prevention, modern dance, ballet, jazz technique, aerial dancing, hip hop, and dance production.  Highlights from past school years include a master class with members of the Broadway cast of The Lion King, a two-week residency with Keables Chair holder and modern dancer, Dr. Scott Kim, and a month of training with hip hop superstars Josh Ulep and Casey Kalahiki from Hype 5-0.  

Contemporary Jazz encourages dedicated young dancers to soar to new heights!  Movement lessons are specifically designed to promote personal development, leadership, and team building.  Students develop valuable performance skills and gain an appreciation for lifelong learning in the arts.