The Jazz offered at MFDA is a free style class suitable for all students over the age of eight. Though a foundation in ballet is important, jazz encourages the dancer to embrace personal expression and movement. A variety of contemporary, jazz and African rhythms are incorporated into this energetic and fun class.
Hip-hop dance as seen today is a broad category that incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. The older styles that were created in the 1970s include up rock, breaking, and the funky styles. These dance styles all started independent of each other, half of them in New York and the others in California. Up rock was created in Brooklyn, N.Y. and breaking was created in The Bronx. In its earliest form, breaking began as elaborations on James Brown's "Good Foot" dance which came out in 1972.
Modern Hip-hop has come a long way from the streets and has been adapted to fit classical studio dance forms. Hip-hop style incorporates all genres and is very flashy and athletic; a factor that accounts for its immense popularity with the youth. Hip-hop dance is seen in most music videos and on television stations such as MTV.