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James Robey’s Jazz Dance Technique & Syllabus™ provides teachers and studio directors a clean, concise and comprehensive curriculum founded in the rich historical tradition of the art form while embracing the contemporary cutting-edge of sports medicine and dance training techniques. With this syllabus, teachers gain the tools to progressively educate their jazz dancers to be technically proficient, dynamically expressive, and versatile dancers that can adapt to any style.

Jazz Dance Technique & Syllabus™ contains...
•6 sequential and progressive levels organized in sturdy 3-ring binders
•The 6 Classes method for presenting lessons over consecutive classes
•Class Structure outlines
•Time Management Charts for 60, 75, and 90-minute classes
•Photographic glossary of 39 arm, feet, and body positions
•Master Lesson Charts
•36 detailed lesson plans complete with extensive glossaries
•247 Individual Exercise Cards with detailed instructions and teacher notes
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In 1996, James Robey inherited the faculty position in jazz dance at the University ofAkron Dance Department from his mentor Priscilla Wagner. With theposition came the challenge of creating his own syllabus. He found thatmost ballet and modern techniques were codified and well honed but mostjazz dance techniques were not. So, he began developing and creating atechnique and syllabus for jazz dance that would parallel other serioustechniques.

Over the next fourteen years, James continued to develop the technique and syllabus whileteaching professional and amateur dancers in New York City, with highschool students at Long Island School of Performing Arts, as director ofthe jazz and modern programs at School of Eastern Connecticut Ballet,with BFA dance majors at the Hartt School/University of Hartford, and atthe Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance where he had the opportunity todevelop the program across all ages and levels under one roof over a10-year period. Working with his brother, Jason Robey MS, LAT, ATC(Director of Athletic Training Services for Appalachian StateUniversity), he designed a technique in line with the latest in sportstraining techniques.

While pursuing his MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee and with the guidanceof professor Marcia Parsons and Annaliese Burns Wilson, Jamessynthesized and formatted the information to create the Jazz DanceTechnique & Syllabus™ .

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At 11:55pm on February 8, 2011, Shannon Daw Smith said…
with me being hit hard with the economy, having dvds would be such a plus! I would RATHER go to the teacher workshop  but it just is not in my budget sadly- fewer students means fewer extra money if any to work with , but i love the pictures!..again, not a substitution to actually taking class- there really IS no good replacement for that..but dvds are always the next best thing!

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