Ready to own the dance floor with a new choreography? First you have to get your steps right and choose the perfect music. The beauty of modern jazz is that it blends the rudiments of classical ballet with patches of other styles like hip-hop, contemporary and lyrical. Because of the wide scope of modern jazz, you can be wildly creative in in your choreography and take inspiration from and edgy pop song or club hit. You can even pick up concept for your dance attire by listening to that great track. So to get you started, we’ve composed a list of 5 cool pop tracks that make for a great modern jazz number. Get your fingers flexing, keep your dance clothes ready, and see what inspires in our top 5 hot tracks for modern jazz.
1. “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine
Stuff your stirrup dance tights into your dance bag and groove to the enchanting vocals of Florence Leontine Mary Welch of Florence and the Machine. Cosmic Love is the sixth single from their album Lungs. The track sweeps from Welch’s soft crooning layered with harp and bustling percussion’s. The song is best for intermittently slow dances that burst toward the end with sonic glee.
2. “I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li
A more industrial but still upbeat electronic sound, “I Follow Rivers” is anchored solidly by the 25-year old Swedish pop star’s solid singing. The song fits well with a choreography that mimics ocean movements, crashing waves, seagulls darting down for food, and mist. Lace-up your jazz shoes for movements high on extensions, leaps and pirouettes, matching the songs surges and even parts. The dancing accessories that could match this song and number are sea green leg warmers, frayed scarves, and frills.
3. “Love” by Kazaky
We hope you have enough stretch stirrup dance tights for this next number. This Ukranian pop group Kazaky is composed of four gorgeous, ridiculously sculpted men who dance a mean jazz on killer stilettoes. The design duo DSquared loved them so much they let Kazaky walk on their Spring 2011 show—and yes, dance the hell out of that runway. “Love” is a fast, rhythmic techno beat that’s sexy and ferocious. As much as we love seeing the Kazky boys do front sommersaults on stilletoes, we recommend you wear leather dance performance sneakers for this.
4. “Video Games” by Lana del Rey
Ignore the controversy over her Saturday Night Live performance. The hype is well deserved. Lana del Rey gives us a truly soulful and unique torch song that could just be one of biggest hits this year. “Video Games” is caramel rich in its detached lament and infectious lyrics. Choreograph a number for ballerina turned screen siren, whirling and whirling in her ballet dancing shoes as del Ray purrs, “It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you.”
5. “Moon” by Bjork
It’s time to embrace the edgy rock star pixie inside. “Moon” is a single off the Icelandic diva’s innovative Biophilia, an album that’s both a disc and an Apple application. Create a costume reminiscent of red-haired Matryoshka dolls and computer keys. Fuse the earthy and organic with the technologically modern in your choreography and offer a dance for the lunar eclipse. Dances shoes would have to be rhinestone half lyrical shoes and leotards swathed in dark lace.