Jazzaddict Syllabus Information

Preschool - Solo Seal

The syllabus consists of 15 levels and a Teacher Training syllabus:

  • Preschool Jazz (4 yrs)
  • Primary Jazz One (5 yrs)
  • Primary Jazz Two (6 yrs)
  • Junior Jazz One (7 yrs)
  • Junior Jazz Two (8 yrs)
  • Junior Jazz Three (9 yrs)
  • Elementary Jazz One (10 yrs/new adults/new teens)
  • Elementary Jazz Two
  • Elementary Jazz Three
  • Intermediate Jazz One
  • Intermediate Jazz Two
  • Intermediate Jazz Three
  • Advanced Jazz One
  • Advanced Jazz Two
  • Solo Seal Jazz
  • Teacher Certificate
  • Advanced Teacher Certificate
     

Syllabus Components:

The levels are made up of a series of exercises including arm combinations, classical technique, floor work, turns, isolations, leaps, amalgamations and dances. There is opportunity for the teacher to stylise many of the exercises with their own head and arm-lines. The teacher notes advise where this is possible.

All work is progressive and designed to develop co-ordination, strength, agility and style.

Amalgamations include jazz, lyrical or contemporary and musical theatre. These styles complement competition/eisteddfod requirements.

The teacher sets the dance and must incorporate compulsory steps.

Students can enter the syllabus at any age (and ability) at a level recommended by the teacher. Please see age guidelines above. Candidates sitting Advanced Jazz Two onwards must have sat and passed the previous grade as a prerequisite (ie. Advanced Jazz One).

It is compulsory for registered teachers to enter their students for examinations.
 

Year Plan

Lessons in terms one and two of the school year are focused on preparing students for examinations.

Examinations are held in the second or third term of the school year (June/July/August/September) in Australia and New Zealand.

Examinations are held in June and July in Hong Kong, Macau and China.
 

Lesson Plan

Syllabus work in preparation for examinations is based on the following class time recommendations:

  • Preschool Jazz: 30 minutes per week
  • Primary Jazz levels: 45 minutes per week
  • Junior Jazz levels: 45 minutes - 1 hour per week
  • Elementary Jazz levels: 1-2 hours per week
  • Intermediate Jazz levels: 2 hours per week
  • Advanced Jazz levels: 2+ hours per week
     

Age Recommendations

Please use the recommended age guidelines for class placements. These recommendations are based on students who have no previous dance experience:

  • Preschool Jazz: 4 years
  • Primary Jazz One: 5 years
  • Primary Jazz Two: 6 years
  • Junior Jazz One: 7 years
  • Junior Jazz Two: 8 years
  • Junior Jazz Three: 9 years
  • Elementary Jazz One: 10 years/ beginner teens/ beginner adults

Any student who has had dance experience should be assessed and placed in a class at the recommendation of the teacher.
 

Music

Music is available. Teachers are also able to set their own music with the exception of the musical theatre amalgamations (which are set to timeless Broadway classics). Recommended BPM (beats per minute) for each exercise are provided in the teaching notes.

Jazzaddict Australasia also has extra music optional CDs available for further variety.  Studios are responsible for their own music licenses for classes.
 

Optional Amalgamations

There are optional jazz, lyrical and musical theatre amalgamations available. These provide variety for teachers who may have taught the work for several years. 
 

Musical Theatre - Set Music

The music for Musical Theatre is set. Students are encouraged to mime or sing the lyrics to encourage expression and performance style. Props are used in many of the Musical Theatre Amalgamations and each level provides an amalgamation suitable for males.

The set tracks are listed below (and included on the CDs and DVD resources). Lyrics can be found by searching the internet:

  • Preschool Jazz: "The Ugly Bug Ball" from "Summer Magic"
    • Optional: “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid”
       
  • Primary Jazz One: "Hakuna Matata" from "The Lion King"
    • Optional: “Good Ship Lollipop” from “Blue Eyes”
       
  • Primary Jazz Two: "It's the Hard Knock Life" from "Annie"
    • Optional: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story”
       
  • Junior Jazz One: (A) "A Spoonful of Sugar" from "Mary Poppins"
  • Junior Jazz One: (B) "Consider Yourself" from "Oliver"
    • Optional: “Morning Report” from “The Lion King”
       
  • Junior Jazz Two: "Little People" from "Les Miserables"
    • Optional: “Let me Entertain You” from “Gypsy”
       
  • Junior Jazz Three: "Toot Sweets" from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
    • Optional: “Chim Chimney” from “Mary Poppins”
       
  • Elementary Jazz One: (A) "One" from "Chorus Line"
  • Elementary Jazz One: (B) "If My Friends Could See Me Now" from "Sweet Charity"
    • Optional: “You’re Never Fully Dressed” from “Annie”
       
  • Elementary Jazz Two: "Razzle Dazzle" from "Chicago"
    • Optional: “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast”
       
  • Elementary Jazz Three: "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" from "Moulin Rouge"
    • Optional: “Mr Mistoffelees” from “Cats” 
       
  • Intermediate Jazz One: "Big Spender" from "Sweet Charity"
    • Optional: “I Gotcha” from “Fosse”
       
  • Intermediate Jazz Two: "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" from "Gypsy"
    • Optional: “Fun Fun Fun” from “Cat in the Hat”
       
  • Intermediate Jazz Three: "America" from "West Side Story"
    • Optional: “Master of the House” from “Les Miserables”
       
  • Advanced Jazz One: "I Hope I Get It" from "A Chorus Line"
    • Optional (A): “Popular” from “Wicked”
    • Optional (B): “Wonderful” from “Wicked”
       
  • Advanced Jazz Two: "I Just Can't Do It Alone" from "Chicago"
    • Optional (A): “Show Off” from “The Drowsy Chaperone”
    • Optional (B): “I’m an Ordinary Man” from “My Fair Lady”
       

Impromptu Work

Impromptu work is included to encourage freedom of movement in junior levels. The Examiner provides the music for the Impromptu.

Students should prepare for impromptu work seeking to show musicality, use of the floor, use of levels and variety of steps.
 

Student Choreography

Student choreography is incorporated at the higher levels to develop student initiative and creativity. Students choreograph their work individually with assistance from the teacher where necessary.

Time limits are detailed in the teaching notes. The teacher provides the music for student choreography (the same music must be used by all the students in an examination group/grade - ie. no individual music as student choreography is usually seen in pairs).