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Jazz DanceA History of the Roots and Branches$
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Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049298

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049298.001.0001

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The Authentic Jazz Dance Legacy of Pepsi Bethel

The Authentic Jazz Dance Legacy of Pepsi Bethel

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(p.75) 10 The Authentic Jazz Dance Legacy of Pepsi Bethel
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Jazz Dance
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Karen Hubbard

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049298.003.0010

Alfred “Pepsi” Bethel is best known for his mark on Authentic Jazz Dance as a performer and teacher in the mid-20th century. Bethel was one of few practitioners of authentic jazz dance in the post-big band/swing era. His career thrived in social, competitive, and professional venues including nightclubs such as the famed Savoy Ballroom, his self-formed Southland 400 Club, the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, and his Los Angeles based group The Jivadeers. In the 1970s Bethel extended his authentic jazz influence as a teacher with permanent teaching positions at the Alvin Ailey School and Clark Center for Performing Arts. Bethel became known for his unique approach to teaching, featuring a rhythmic delivery, an emphasis on individual expressiveness, live music, and combinations derived from authentic jazz dance movement vocabulary.

Keywords:   Alfred “Pepsi” Bethel, Authentic jazz dance, The Jivadeers, Live music, Post-big band/swing era, Savoy Ballroom, Southland 400 Club, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers

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