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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, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era

Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era

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Jazz Dance

Melanie George

University Press of Florida

More than any other dance form, jazz dance is most closely aligned with trends and contemporary popular music. In part, this is what makes jazz dance so difficult to define. Because it is always evolving with the times, there is no universal vocabulary that encompasses all that it entails. From ragtime to swing, Hullaballoo to MTV, as well as the fusion of jazz with ballet, theatrical dance, hip-hop, and non-western styles, we see how jazz dance reflects the tastes of any given generation, and the mores and whims of society. Neither high nor low art, this popular dance form is most representative of the moments in which it exists. This chapter looks at popular culture from the 1970s to today, including The American Dance Machine, popular dance films and television shows, and particularly MTV and its influence on jazz dance.

Keywords:   Dance and society, Film, Hullaballoo, Jazz dance, Michael Jackson, MTV, Popular culture, Television

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