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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 in Higher Education

Jazz Dance in Higher Education

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Jazz Dance

Kim Chandler Vaccaro

University Press of Florida

The author argues for the inclusion of more jazz dance within higher education dance programs. Jazz dance has often been regarded as entertainment-oriented “low art,” and less worthy of inclusion than ballet or modern dance. However, because of multicultural valuation, Gardnerian Theory, the National Standards of Dance, the influence of African-American and Popular Culture Studies programs, the work of Mura Dehn, and a growing attention to professional preparation, jazz dance has increased its presence in U.S. dance programs. The first jazz dance courses in higher education emerged in the 1960s at the New School of Social Research, University of California Irvine, but only a handful existed until the 1990s, and still today only a third of college programs surveyed as part of this research required the study of jazz dance as part of their degree-granting programs.

Keywords:   African-American studies, Higher education, Jazz dance, Low art, Mura Dehn, United States dance programs

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