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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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Frank Hatchett’s Jazz Dance

Frank Hatchett’s Jazz Dance

(p.109) 15 Frank Hatchett’s Jazz Dance
Jazz Dance

Bob Borossm

University Press of Florida

As a teacher and choreographer for more than 30 years, Frank Hatchett has been a driving force in taking the latest steps and trends from street and social dance and translating them into a jazz dance style he calls “VOP.” From the 1960s twist to 1990s hip-hop, Frank Hatchett has been the conduit from the street to the commercial stage. VOP is based in strong concert and ethnic dance techniques, and a dancer who becomes proficient in VOP understands technique and has attitude and flair. Hatchett’s VOP attitude found a home in NYC when he first began teaching at JoJo’s Dance Factory in 1980, and flourished in 1984 when he became co-owner of a new studio at that very same location – the legendary Broadway Dance Center. Hatchett spent subsequent years as a mainstay at Broadway Dance Center, leading daily classes in his legendary style.

Keywords:   Broadway Dance Center, Choreographers, Commercial stage, Frank Hatchett, JoJo’s Dance Factory, VOP

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