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Jazz dance was developed in America the early twentieth century alongside jazz music. Jazz music is described as being rythmic and highly syncopated, emphasizing the music. Originating the south, it eventually moved north as swing dance became wildly popular. Specifically jazz dance is a hybrid of the popular dances of the 1920s, elements of African dance, and musical theatre/Broadway dance. The jazz dance we know most today incorporates use of isolations, contractions, and accents the rhythm.
Jazz has developed quickly overtime and constantly moving forward in the dance world, evolving into adding elements of hip hop, acro, extreme flexibility, tricks and commercial dance. The argument today is the dance world retracing its steps to start providing traditional jazz dance.
Jazz Techniques/Styles/Methods include:
Classical - like Giordano and Luigi
Fusions with other genres like Afro-jazz, Latin jazz, Street jazz, jazz funk
Articles to Read
"The Jazz Breakdown" -https://www.dancespirit.com/the-jazz-breakdown-2326335865.html
Notable Choreographers, Performers, Companies
-Jack Cole - Pioneer - 'father of theatrical jazz' https://www.dance-teacher.com/history-lesson-plan-jack-cole-2392429308.html
-Gus Giordano - developed jazz method/technique, choreographer and school- https://guslegacy.org/gus-peg-giordano
-Luigi Jazz http://www.luigijazz.com/man.html
-Bob Fosse - innovator, choreographer, known for "Chicago" and "All that Jazz" - https://www.dancespirit.com/legendary-moves-nov-2011-2326078869.html
-Jazz Roots Dance Company - http://www.jazzrootsdance.com/about/
More information coming soon...
History of Jazz -
Key Elements of Giordano Technique - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl4jx2wHLPA
Luigi Jazz presented by Curtis Howard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_HaML-2BzY
Bob Fosse - "The Rich Man's Frug" from 'All That Jazz" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcrZIK3gqbU
The Radio City Rockette's performing "All That Jazz" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM9H1eYz-lc