By Elaine Buchignani from Swing Dance SCT
It’s easy to get stuck focusing on your feet when learning jazz steps, but feet don’t have a monopoly on rhythm and groove. You can express to music with every part of your body from nose to toes and that’s right, the hips!
When we think about hips, moves like Mess Around and Boogie Forward may come to mind, but the well goes so much deeper than that. Some of the brightest stars of jazz dance, like Mabel Lee and Earl Tucker, were celebrated for their virtuosic hip movements. So if you’ve been waiting for permission to move your hips more or if you find yourself feeling a bit stiff in your dancing, take this as your sign to put a wiggle in your step.
Find inspiration in this compilation of vintage jazz dancers showing off their famous hip movements - some sexy, some silly, and all of them dazzling.