In this Book
- Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches
- Published by: University Press of Florida
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The history of jazz dance is best understood by comparing it to a tree. The art form's roots are African. Its trunk is vernacular, shaped by European influence, and exemplified by the Charleston and the Lindy Hop. The branches are many and varied and include tap, Broadway, funk, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, Latin, pop, club jazz, popping, B-boying, party dances, and much more.
Unique in its focus on history rather than technique, Jazz Dance offers the only overview of trends and developments since 1960. Editors Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver have assembled an array of seasoned practitioners and scholars who trace the many histories of jazz dance and examine various aspects of the field, including trends, influences, training, race, gender, aesthetics, the international appeal of jazz dance, and its relationship to tap, rock, indie, black concert dance, and Latin dance.
Featuring discussions of such dancers and choreographers as Bob Fosse and Katherine Dunham, as well as analyses of how the form's vocabulary differs from ballet, this complex and compelling history captures the very essence of jazz dance.
Table of Contents
- Part I: What Is Jazz Dance?
- pp. 1-2
- Part II: Jazz Dance History
- pp. 33-34
- Part III: Master Teachers and Choreographers, 1930–1990
- pp. 73-74
- Part IV: Related Forms and Styles
- pp. 137-138
- 23. Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era
- pp. 174-183
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- Part V: Perspectives on Teaching and Training
- pp. 195-196
- 27. Jazz Dance as a Gateway to Community Engagement
- pp. 217-228
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- Part VI: Contemporary Topics in Jazz Dance
- pp. 229-230