Herrang 2016 Resources

Herrang 2016: Resources

Hi everyone!

Here are all the resources I mentioned for you in our Herrang 2016 Week 1 authentic jazz classes! Enjoy and please feel free to email me (info@jazzmad.co.uk) if you have any questions! JazzMAD is my school in London, where I teach almost every day, so come visit me sometime! 🙂

Much love,
Sharon Davis


1. Jazz Dance Legends

Here is a handout with a list of names of original dancers from the 1920s-1950s who have been a great inspiration to me! Your homework when you get home from Herrang is to research these names, find your own favourites and what inspires you:
Jazz Dance Inspiration (PDF 64KB)

Specifically, I mentioned Leon James in the first class. Here are two videos of legends Leon James and Albert Minns dancing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb3iQhCEz4E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-K9IO3-OW8

You can read more about these two wonderful characters in my blog post here.

2. Jazz Step List

Here is the list of jazz steps I was referring to in class, categorised by rhythm. This is just a personal grouping that works for my mind, not any kind of formal classification. So don’t get too hung up on this – and don’t overthink it! But it might be useful to refer to, when you are practicing:
Jazz Steps Rhythm Breakdown List (PDF 62KB)

3. Charleston Variation List

Variations on beats 1 & 2:
Swing Kick
Double Kick
Fan Kick
Kick with jump
Heel Dig

Variations on beats 3 & 4:
Slide to the right
Shishkaboom
Sweep the floor (with left foot)
Jump Hop

Variations on beats 5 & 6:
Rockstep
Windmill
Break/Pose
Touch the floor

Variations on beats 7 & 8:
Kick step
Triplestep
Squat
Break/Pose

Here is the compilation of archival footage of people dancing the Charleston:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcDgYxD9cAM

4. Our Routine Song

At full speed: Flying Home N°2 by Lionel Hampton
Slower at -10bpm: Flying Home N°2 by Lionel Hampton (-10bpm)
Slowest at -20bpm: Flying Home N°2 by Lionel Hampton (-20bpm)

5. Routine Recap Video

6. Practice Playlists

Here are some Spotify playlists I created for my jazz students in London to practice to. There are three different playlists: one hot jazz style for your Charleston and so on, one swing style for your Jazz and Lindy Hop, and one slower Blues style.
www.jazzmad.co.uk/playlists

7. Rhythm Theory

And finally here is a handout to remember the note values we worked on in our rhythm class. Beats, bars, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes and triplets!
Basic Rhythm Theory (PDF 106KB)