Performance art: Jazz might be the dance class you’ve been looking for (via Seattle Times)

Exit Space School of Dance instructor, Karen O'Branovich teaches a beginning/intermediate jazz class. Nicole Tsong, writer.

UNTIL THE beginners jazz class at eXit SPACE School of Dance in Green Lake, I didn’t know jazz stars were missing from my life.

Before attending my first dance class, teacher Karen O’Branovich assured me my childhood ballet classes would help me in beginner jazz; muscle memory would carry me through.

Class started with a lengthy core warm-up, and then we got into jazz basics. Unlike ballet, where toes are turned out, your feet point straight forward in jazz. We worked first on releves, or rising up to the balls of our feet. I focused on alignment of my heels right over the balls of my feet to strengthen my feet, which was interesting and more challenging than I expected.

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