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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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Jazz Dance

Patricia Cohen

University Press of Florida

“Luigi” is an iconic name in the jazz dance community. A highly regarded and much loved New York City teacher since 1957, Luigi’s technique and style have influenced generations of dancers. Having overcome a near-fatal car accident resulting in a basal skull fracture, coma, and unilateral paralysis, Luigi developed the Luigi Technique and Style as a way to regain control of his body. His self-described ballet-based style is danced to orchestral arrangements, especially jazz standards, which encourages dancers to respond to the music with nuanced musicality and artistry. Dance historians have defined Luigi’s style as classic jazz, elegant, sophisticated, and even liquid fire. Luigi’s technique and style have been instrumental in providing a codified and continuous sequence of movements for theatrical jazz dancers, and Luigi firmly believes that his legacy is the creation of a classical jazz technique and style that has deeply influenced generations of dancers.

Keywords:   Ballet-based style, Classical jazz technique, Luigi, Luigi Technique and Style, New York City, Theatrical jazz dance

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