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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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Lynn Simonson and Simonson Technique

Lynn Simonson and Simonson Technique

(p.130) 19 Lynn Simonson and Simonson Technique
Jazz Dance

Kimberly Karpanty

University Press of Florida

Lynn Simonson is a seminal dance artist whose work has profoundly affected both the artistry and pedagogy of jazz dance around the world. After spending her early career as a performer, she went on to develop and disseminate a somatically sound technique class long before it was popular to do so. The Simonson Technique, driven by its connection to both historically significant and contemporary jazz music, enables students to move without fear. Students in a Simonson Technique Class receive instruction based on the possibilities and limitations of their individual bodies. Simonson offers a 46-hour Simonson Technique teacher training intensive at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City, and has trained hundreds of certified teachers in 20 countries around the world. She is a conduit through which countless dancers and teachers have been inspired to pursue, preserve, and advocate jazz as a legitimate concert dance form.

Keywords:   Dance New Amsterdam, Jazz music, Lynn Simonson, Simonson Technique, Somatically sound, Teacher training intensive, Technique class

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