Contemporary Modern Jazz

I am very excited to announce the IDTA have brought in a new

The consensus from us teachers is “It is a great syllabus and very different from the existing Modern Jazz” we really enjoyed learning the work, it is a more advance syllabus compared with the existing one as it covers more elements of jazz.

The New Contemporary Modern Jazz Syllabus:

  • Explores Jazz in a much broader way.

  • Introduction of Contemporary which is a freer form of dance mixing well with the disciplines of the classical elements of Ballet.

  • Introduction of Jazz exploring the rhythms/techniques influenced from the 20th Century black Americans in the Jazz Clubs mixed with Ballet elements in a more natural, fluid upbeat way.

The syllabus work appears more challenging because the content of steps within each exercise is more. For the students there is more variety within each grade a lot more content, which makes the exam work very enjoyable and ultimately leads to a more advanced dancer.

Due to the complexity of the work we have been advised to commence the Preparatory Grade with students Year 4 upwards.


7 Grades – Preparatory to Grade 5
Intermediate Performer
Advanced 1 Performer
Advanced 2 Performer


8 Solo Tests – Juvenile to Third Gold Bar
8 Duo Tests – Juvenile to Third Gold Bar
8 Trio Tests – Juvenile to Third Gold Bar
18 Team Tests – One Dance to International Supreme Certificate



The contemporary and modern approach makes the Modern Jazz work fun and a real favourite.

In this style the students learn to develop many different movements reaching to a broad choice of varying rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical piece.

From the beginning students learn to be creative with movement and creating shapes. They explore the contrast between expansion and relaxation or learn to isolate in a slick stylish mood. Whatever the atmosphere of the class, it is a great opportunity to react and interact with other members of the class and really dance to express feeling and emotion through music and movement.

Children begin learning Modern Jazz from 6 years of age.