A unique blend of energy, expressiveness, individual interpretation, and physical conditioning, VOP is the hot style of jazz dance that's captivating dancers and audiences alike. Frank Hatchett--one of the most well-known, influential teachers and choreographers in the world--coined the term VOP while teaching his students how to accent a step and stylize a movement. Since that time, VOP has become synonymous with Hatchett's style of jazz dance.
Hatchett perfected his unique style while teaching stars such as Madonna, Brooke Shields, Naomi Campbell, Vanessa Williams, Olivia Newton-John, MTV's Downtown Julie Brown, Justine Bateman, and Savion Glover. All documented in this one-of-a-kind book, "Frank Hatchett's Jazz Dance" gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Frank Hatchett and his exciting style of dance, with an in-depth look at what VOP is and where it came from.
After you gain a basic understanding of the Hatchett style, it's time to lace up your jazz shoes. Warm-ups include rhythmic, center, floor, and isolation exercises that not only increase flexibility, strength, and control but also get you in the mood to move. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, you'll easily follow the step-by-step approach that's accompanied by 242 photographs demonstrating the proper movements and techniques.
"Frank Hatchett's Jazz Dance" is divided into four levels of difficulty, allowing you to easily progress through the stages of basic, beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate/advanced. Hatchett hints accompany each step to address proper alignment, technique, common areas for improvement, and how to stylize the movement.
Once you've learned this unique approach, you can add your own artistic interpretation, creating jazz movements and combinations to make the style come alive. Then you will truly understand the innovation and spirit in this magnificent art form.
"I've been studying with Frank for almost 20 years. If you can't take a class with the man himself, this book is the next best thing."
Actor, singer, and dancer
Acted in Snake Eyes, The Devil's Advocate, The Peacemaker, and played Jessica Griffin in the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns for eight years
"A long overdue book from Frank! Excellent!"
President, Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions
"Frank did it again. He is the master of VOPand now the first book about contemporary jazz dance. He has helped so many young students in the art of today's dance, and now this magic book will inform all of the dance public. Way to go, Frank5, 6, 7, 8, VOP!"
Gus Giordano, BA
Founder/director of Gus Giordano Dancer Center
Recipient of the Third Annual Katherine Dunham Award
"Frank Hatchett's life in the dance world is one of love and passion for art. By knowing the roots of art, or in this case one man's art, it gives us a true understanding of the art that Frank shares with dancers, actors, singers, models, and people from all walks of life. It is an honor to watch Frank Hatchett teach a class, and it makes me proud to know he is teaching not only dance, but also the need for positive reinforcement. Bravo to Mr. Hatchett."
Director of 8 & Ah 1 Musical Theatre Dance Company
Original creator of the Broadway show Fosse
"I love this bookit's honest. This book helps me to develop an I can do it, too mentality by sharing the keys to Frank's success. Frank Hatchett's Jazz Dance shows that having heart is very important for longevity whether you're a dancer, teacher, or choreographer."
Performer, Choreographer, Educator
Co-Owner and artistic director of Step One Dance and Fitness
United States National Aerobics champion
|The Man and His Magic||p. xv|
|Frank Hatchett's VOP||p. 1|
|The Evolution of VOP||p. 3|
|The Spirit of the Dance||p. 9|
|5, 6, 7, 8, VOP!||p. 15|
|Ready, Set ... Warm Up!||p. 17|
|Basic Movements||p. 65|
|Beginner Movements||p. 97|
|Advanced Beginner Movements||p. 117|
|Intermediate and Advanced Movements||p. 131|
|Put It Together With VOP||p. 157|
|Dance Finder||p. 165|
|Dance Terms||p. 169|
|About the Authors||p. 173|
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For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 8th March 2000
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.544