How to Do the Chasse Jazz Dance Move

Learn how to do the chasse from jazz dance expert Liz Piccoli in this Howcast dance video.

Transcript

Now I'd like to show you what a sashay looks like. Sashays are great to prep for leaps, and it's a great way to teach children how to plie into the floor, and use the floor and your feet as a traveling step.

Here's how to break it down. Let me show you what it looks like. Arms out, or you can have your arms up, or arms front. There are many deviations of the port de bra.

Let's do arms out first. Sashay. Sashay means to chase, so one leg is chasing the other across the floor. So you slide one out, then chase it. Slide one out, then chase it. Make sure your feet are pointed as well. Let me show you with the arms like this. Plie nice fourth position, then you jump up in fifth position, land and slide the right leg out.

It's very important to teach using positions in a sashay. I see a lot of turned in sashays, and that's not going to help their leaps. You want to try to have everything placed and turned out using fifth, using fourth, using fifth, and then fifth, and then sliding out into the fourth position again.

All right, here's a sashay, slowly first, and then I'll do it full out fast. Sashay. Other side. Now a little bit faster. I'll do a different arm this time. And, that is a sashay.

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