"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak"
Modern jazz dance is frequently influenced by other dance styles such ballet, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop. In turn, many other dance styles are influenced by jazz dance. As in most forms of dance, technique is the foundation for all modern jazz dance movement. In particular, jazz dancers benefit from a sound working knowledge of ballet technique and, consequently, jazz dance curriculum commonly includes ballet training which is why CSDA commonly groups our dance styles together as one feeds another.