Echo hope this helps. I think it will be interesting and I guess it will be subjective. This is new territory for everyone this year so I guess it will be a work in progress. I read this on the official DWTS Site.Jive:
Dorothy & Tristan
Lisa & Gleb
Sean & Peta
Victory & Linsday
Zendaya & Val
Alexandra & Mark
DL & Cheryl
Ingo & Kym
Wynonna & Tony
Andy & Sharna
Jacoby & Karina
Kellie & Derek
Judges will be looking for the following elements in the “Jazz” dances: jazz hands, kicks, leaps, rolled shoulers, quick turns and sideways shuffling. It’s destined to be a night of high energy the ballroom with all three dances!
Yet, I also read some comments from people who certainly know more than I do as I know nothing about jazz other than what I have seen on SYTYCD, but the following are some things various people said.
That is only the TACKIEST description of Jazz I have ever heard (coming from a competitive jazz dancer). I can’t remember the last time I have seen jazz hands other than in something related to Fosse. And rolled shoulders and sideways shuffling are nonsense as well. I’m seriously scared of what we’ll see for jazz dances if that’s what the judges are looking for.
Based on the description, it looks like for Jazz they mean the Broadway/Chicago musical type.
Also as a former competition jazz dancer, jazz hands died about 20 years ago. These should be really interesting to see, especially given the way they’ve butchered contemporary.
I think once we see what they perform tonight and what the judges have to say we will know a lot more.