Jazz Dance was developed - like Jazz music - by the American Negroes, who took African dance techniques, based on the isolation of individually moving parts of the human body, and adapted them to the needs of their new social surroundings.
The name of Jazz first appeared around 1917. After this, during the 1920's, Jazz was eagerly taken up by the Whites and since then has been introduced into the various forms of show business today.
Jazz now makes up the greatest percentage of commercial dance in television and show business, and therefore is vital in the training of the "all round performer". For the student who dances for pleasure, both children and adults alike, it is the best way to stretch and tone muscles, substantially improve co-ordination and improve those dance skills to the best of the latest music.
Jazz Awards are offered as part of the Modern Theatre Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.