Jazz-funk is one of the youngest and commercially successful dance styles worldwide. It was born in LA in the beginning of the XXI century and become dominant dance style for the worldwide show-business for a few years. Now this style is used in most choreography performances, video clips, and live shows of pop-stars of the world such as Beyoncé, Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.
An education of jazz-funk does not require a classical training, the hours of daily training or a perfect physical form. Jazz-funk fits the girls who wish to dance “like in a video clips” and don’t think about moves, who want to take more from their own plastics and play with different images in dance. It fits both the boys who are not afraid of experiments and aimed to be versatile in dances.
Jazz-funk has no long and dramatic history as a young and dynamically developing dance. It was formed just over 10 years ago in Los Angeles. The birth of jazz-funk modern choreography is obliged to 3 American choreographers - Bobby Newberry, Brian Friedman and Kevin Maher who are considered as founders and at the same time the brightest modern representatives of this dance style.
Bobby, Brian and Kevin were the first dancers who highlighted jazz-funk as an individual style. отдельным стилем. They showed the whole world how to mix basic movements of hip-hop, jazz, waacking and vogue, how to impose on them maximized feminine style of performance and adding to all of this plasticity, sharpness, dynamic and expressiveness and as a result to get a super popular dance. During one of his interviews in year 2011 Bobby Newberry boasted that he earns more than $263,000 per year).
Vogue и Waacking
However you should not believe that anybody danced jazz-funk in the XX century. Such dance styles as waacking and vogue preceded it and have existed for over 35 years. They both appeared in the area of African and Latin American dancers who performed these dances for an audience on stages of American gay clubs.
Vogue dance take from the same vogue fashion magazine not only the name but also an imitation of models images, their movements, artistry, body lines and the most important thing – posing. Vogue appeared in the early 1960s in black NY district named Harlem and was originally called in honor of famous actress Greta Garbo and her posing.
It was performed by gay dancers on special competitions organized by associations, called houses: House of Garcon, the House of Icon, the House of Xtravaganza, the House of Ebony, the House of Escada etc. The parent of the vogue dance is considered an American dancer Willi Ninja who played the main role in the documentary Paris Is Burning and inspired Madonna on her famous clip 1990 “Vogue”. Exactly this single of the pop diva has immortalized the name of the dance style and became one of the events that led to the birth of jazz-funk in the USA few years later.
Waaking appeared little bit later in the 1970s in LA and primordially has been called punkin’ and played mostly in the thematic clubs for sexual minorities. While vogue was dancing mostly under house music, waaking was perfectly combined with disco music and quickly became popular among dancers of quite traditional orientation.
Lamont Peterson was the first who used waaking movements and Tyrone Proctor, Mickey Lord and Blinky were ideologists of style. There are many elements of waking that are similar to locking and tektonik, but till today waaking remains an independent and popular dance style that has made a significant contribution to a much younger and more commercial jazz-funk style.
Jazz-funk and show business
But the greatest engine of promotion and commercialization of jazz-funk became TV and later the Internet. Exactly the stars of the 1990s such as Janet Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears could be attributed to the role of “jazz-funk muse”. Madonna without being an outstanding dancer, much less a representative of jazz-funk dance became an icon of dancers thanks to the aforementioned Vogue video clip and a number of singles from the top of dance music charts such as Express Yourself, Beautiful Stranger, Music, Me Against the Music, Hung Up, Sorry, Give It 2 Me and others.
Janet and Britney were much more advanced dancers and invited to cooperation the most prominent contemporary choreographers like Brian Fridman and Tovaris Wilson. Both of them released clips stuffed with modern choreography from dance stars for many years and as a result they earned the fame of "dance icons."
But during last few years Beyoncé became the true idol of jazz-funk. последних лет стала Бейонсе (Beyonce). With amazing looks and vocal she is not inferior in their dancing abilities to professional dancers, which she stands for. She is realizing a genuine dance clips thick and fast. She invited the world top choreographers to participate in clips like Crazy in Love, Single Ladies, Run the World Girls. Singles from Beyoncу are in top-10 of almost every choreographer and dance world is intently watching for new video or live performance from this singer to pick up the tendency and to be inspired for the weeks ahead.
The most outstanding choreographers of jazz-funk style:
Bobby Newberry, Kevin Maher, Brian Friedman, Blake McGrath, Sisco Gomez, Migel Zarate, Sheryl Murakami, Tony Czar, Dejan Tubica, Camillo Lauricella, Robert Lenart, Kyle Hanagami, Alex Bullon aka El Tisha, Francesco Borgato from Kazaky, Brooklin Jay, Andre Fuentes, Tovaris Wilson. Jazz-funk style outfits:
The best clothing for jazz-funk is the one that sets the correct manner and explicitly or covertly indicates for sexuality. Usually both for boys and girls it’s a form-fitting bright T-shirts, wide hip-hop pants and shorts, or conversely the tightest pants, jeans and leggings. Sometimes bracelets, earrings, scarves, jackets, women's wigs and other paraphernalia are used to complete the sensation of the image. Those styles and colors, which in ordinary life may seem wild (bright pink and crimson, flashy prints, zebra and leopard) should be appropriate for jazz-funk.
Music for jazz-funk choreography:
Beyonce, Ciara, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Nicole Sherzinger, Nelly Furtado, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Will Smith, Nicki Minaj, Kelis, Robyn, Pink, Missy Elliot, Shakira, Rosin Murphy, Miguel, The Pussycat Dolls, Nicola Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Kazaky, Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Timberland, Gorchitza, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Sugababes, Destiny's Child, Danity Kane, Natalia Cappuccini, Cassie, Robin Thicke, Far East Movement.