Class Information

Name: Leaps, Jumps & Turns
Level: interm/adv
Time: Wed 07:15 pm to 08:00 pm
Studio: A
Cost: $50.00
Description: No Description Entered

Dance Type: Jazz

Description: Jazz is a fun and challenging dance that consists of ballet movements that are combined with African rhythms and techniques that isolate various parts of the body. Jazz originated from the African American vernacular dance of the late 1800s to mid-1900s and was commonly referred to as tap dance. Jazz evolved on Broadway into a smooth style known as modern jazz, while tap dance branched off to follow its own, separate evolutionary pathway. Jazz is mutually influenced by and influences other dance styles such as acro, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop, making it an ever-evolving dance that focuses on modern impressions.

Instructor: Thomas Nguyen

Thomas Tu Nguyen was born on May 14, 1992 and was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota by both parents who immigrated from Vietnam to America. He began his dance journey in 2009 when he was 17 years old, auditioning for the Washington High School dance team. In 2010, Mr. Nguyen competed in his first World competition called, The Dance Worlds, and by 2014 he returned and won the Hip Hop Gold Championship. Coached by Angela Nieman, his team was the first all male dance team to bring home a gold medal and trophy for South Dakota.

Mr. Nguyen attended South Dakota State University and studied a French Language Major & a Dance Minor. In dance, he studied with Melissa Mork-Hauschild who guided him in Classical Jazz, Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Modern (Bartenieff & Laban Contexts) Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater, and Composition & Choreography. Today, Mr. Nguyen is a dancer for Sioux Falls LiRa Dance Theater Company, a Choreographer & Instructor at Expanding Harmony Dance Studio in Brookings, and Contemporary instructor at Balleraena Dance Studio.