Theater Jazz for Everyone: Move, Groove, Perform

Course Code: TJE101

This course is open to adults of all ages and skill levels, offering a deep dive into the captivating world of theater jazz. Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, you'll learn choreography, explore various dance styles, and develop a deeper understanding of movement and stage presence.

1. Practice the fundamental principles of theater jazz, including rhythm, timing, and expression.

2. Develop an understanding of how dance can enhance your overall well-being, including balance and vitality.

3. Explore dance as a medium for personal expression, creativity, and physical fitness.

4. Enhance your body awareness, focusing on alignment, posture, and flexibility to improve your everyday life.

Anyone interested in dance or musical theater, regardless of prior experience. Ideal for those looking to improve their physical fitness, express themselves through movement, and participate in a live theater performance.

No required textbook
Nami Holderman
Nami began classical ballet training at the age of 5 with Matsuyama Ballet Company and continued her training with numerous teachers and studios throughout her life. In 1994, she moved to the USA to study dance and academics, receiving a B.A. in International Business and Psychology and later received MEd in the Globalization of Education. During her years in the US, she studied ballet and modern dance under the tutelage of major dance mentors including Katherine Horn, Mary Anne Mee, Patricia Mc Bride, and Jean-Pierre Bounnefoux. In 1997, she received a scholarship from the Joffery Ballet School in NYC. From 1998-2000 she danced professionally with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, and from 1999-2000 with The Moving Poets. She has taught ballet and creative movement as well as choreographed for numerous ballet schools in the US, including as an adjunct professor at Point Park University of the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 2004 - 2013. Returning to Tokyo in 2013 she has been a Performing Arts teacher at Aoba-Japan International School. Nami is currently researching in the link between EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and Dance through kinesthetic empathy.