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An overview of jazz dance from Britannica Online.
Common Ground | Defining Jazz Dance
An article from Dance Studio Life that discusses the challenges that surround defining exactly what jazz dance actually is
All That Jazz (What’s Jazz these days?)
Dance Informa sought to uncover what is being taught as “jazz” in Australia’s leading dance programs and spoke with the directors of some of our country’s premier institutions.
What is the Difference Between Jazz Dance and Contemporary Dance
An article from World Dance Heritage examining the differences and commonalities that exist in jazz and contemporary dance.
The Jazz Breakdown
An interview from Dance Spirit with experts—Broadway Dance Center instructors Sue Samuels, Ginger Cox, Tracie Stanfield and Maria Torres; Joy of Motion Dance Center senior faculty member Maurice Johnson; and “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Sean Cheesman— about the sub-styles of jazz dance.
7 Different Styles of Jazz Dance
An article from eHow describing the history of jazz dance and looking at seven of the different styles it diverged in to.
Hollywood Singing and Dancing
The five part series "Hollywood Singing and Dancing" documents musical film productions from 1920 through to 1940
UK Jazz Dance Archives
A collection of old Jazz Dance videos from the UK uploaded by the UK Jazz Dance Archive and hosted on YouTube.
Jazz Dance Companies
DeMa Dance Company
DeMa Dance Company seamlessly fuses ballet, jazz, and modern dance to create tableaus addressing universal themes of humanity. Incorporating narrative and geometric narrative and non-narrative choreography, their versatile repertory focuses upon strength, boldness, and fearlessness of the individual, and the individual's power to affect the world around them.
Savage Dance Company
Savage Jazz Dance Company has been called "...the most layered, sophisticated concert jazz dance company in these Western climes" by Dance Magazine. Since its founding, the company has produced more than 100 new works, choreographed by Reginald Ray-Savage and guest choreographers. In addition to their annual home season, SJDC continues to tour the US, conducting residencies and concert performances.a.
JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble
Founded in 1993, JAZZANTIQUA DANCE & MUSIC ENSEMBLE celebrates the jazz tradition as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage, and a defining element of the American experience.
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
Rooted in the history of jazz dance and music, DJD is constantly innovating and evolving this art form. DJD, a registered charity, is a professional dance company that creates original performances, at least one per year with live music. DJD also offers professional training to those wishing to specialize in jazz dance, outreach programs that educate the community about the history and importance of jazz in North American culture, and is Calgary’s largest recreational dance school.
Dancin’ Unlimited, as a non-profit arts organization, creates new and exciting programs each year: Jazz & Tap Dance Festival, Dancin’ on Broadway & Beyond, That’s Jazz Dance, customized shows for conferences, business, events, festivals and special occasions.
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
JUMP RHYTHM® Jazz Project (JRJP) is a multiple-Emmy® Award-winning performing and teaching company based in Chicago. JUMP RHYTHM celebrates the communal spirit of all jazz-rhythm-based performance – dancing, singing, and story-telling in rhythmically syncopated conversations to the beat-driven sounds of the blues, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and world music.
Resources, ebooks, books and websites
How to Do Things with Dance by
Publication Date: 2010-10-01
In postwar America, any assertion of difference from the mainstream anticommunist culture carried professional and personal risks. For this reason, modern dance artists left much of what they thought unsaid. Instead they expressed themselves in movement. How To Do Things with Dance positions modern dance as a vital critical discourse, and suggests that dances of the late 1940s and the 1950s can be seen as compelling agents of social change. Concentrating on choreographers whose artistic work conceived dance in terms of action, Rebekah J. Kowal shows how specific choreographic projects demonstrated increasing awareness of the stage as a penetrable space, one on which socially suspect or marginalized modes of being could be performed with relative impunity and exerted in the real world.
Jazz Dance by
Publication Date: 2014-02-25
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.