Other well known choreographers: Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Jack Cole, Hanya Holm, Helen Tamiris, Michael Kidd (choreographer of Guys and Dolls) and Jerome Robbins.
About a class
While this style of dance had its roots in expressing music through movement it is also a very technical style of dance, which has much to link to ballet or at least an understanding of ballet movement.
The idea being the better a jazz dancer technically understands the movements and technique, the better they will be at expressing themselves and improvising.
Jazz in the modern era
Today it is slightly different to the Fosse and Gene Kelly – but the influences are still there – think Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal and Beyonce’s Single ladies. Jazz extends into hip hop styles as well as its traditional styles too. Many key choreographers around today working with Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, on So You Think You Can Dance and others have grounding in Jazz.