Cardio Charleston: 100+ Jazz Steps

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Photos by Jerry Almonte.

Just months after I started swing dancing at my very first Stompology, my friends and I had lunch together and wrote on a paper placemat as many names of jazz steps as we could remember, having just attended a class by Jojo Jackson entitled “100+ Jazz Steps.” Which of my friends remembers the class, or its real title? That Stompology, and especially that class, was like trying to drink through a fire hose. Little did we know we just encountered the tip of the iceberg --- there’s so much solo jazz out there!

This list goes out especially to all our wonderful Cardio Charleston students who jump right into class each week, many of which have little or no jazz dance background. Reading our list of names of jazz (and jazz-related) steps helps with vocabulary recognition and familiarity, so you can identify the names when we call them in class, and then you can take that knowledge to the dance floor. We only use a subset of these steps in class regularly, but we'd be happy to show you any -- please ask us questions when you see us next! Count up these jazz steps and let us know what to add.

Around the World

Apple Jacks

Back Lock Turn

Bees Knees

Big Apple Claps

Bird

Black Bottom

Boogie Back

Boogie Forward

Boogie Drop

Break a Leg

Break Step

Broken Leg

Bunny Hop

Cake Walk

Camel Walk

Charleston

Chase

Chugs

Clocks

Cool Breeze

Cool Walk

Cork Screw

Crazy Legs

Cross Over Charleston

Digs

Drags

Drunken Sailor

Eagle Slide

Egg Beaters

Fall Off the Log

Fishtails

Flapper Taps

Flutter Kicks

Funky Grandma Frankie Cross Overs

Gaze Afar

Grapevine

Half Break

Half Turn

Hallelujah Hand-in-Hand Charleston Kicks

Hangman

Happy Feet

Heel Clicks

Heel Taps

Heels

Hip Rolls

Hip Swings

Hitchhiker

Iceskating

Itches

James Brown

Jane Fonda

Jazz Square

Jig Walks

Josies

Jump Charleston

Kick Ball Change

Kick Steps

Kick-step-downs

Kitchen Dance

Knee Slaps

Lock Turn

Lollies

London Bridge

Long Legged Charleston

Low Downs

Mambo Step

Mambo Turn

Marry Me

Mess Around

Mooche

Over the Top

Paddle Turn

Pecks

Points

Popeye

Primping

Puffer Fish

Pushes

Rocks

Rock Step

Run on the Log

Rusty Dusty

Sailor Step

Scarecrow

Scissor Kicks

Shim Sham

Shimmy

Shish-ka-boom-ba

Shoe Shine

Shorty George

Shouts

Shuffles

Skates

Skip Up

Slides

Slip Slops

Spank the Baby

Squat Charleston

Strutting with Turns

Suzie Q

Switcheroo

Swivels

Swoops

Tackie Annie

Tick Tocks

Tighten Up

Trenches

Triples

Truckin’

Twists

Windmill

Xylophone

Psst... Save the date for Stompology XII: June 2-4 in Rochester for more solo jazz goodness! Registration is just a couple weeks on February 15.

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