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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 as a Gateway to Community Engagement

Jazz Dance as a Gateway to Community Engagement

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Jazz Dance

Lynnette Young Overby

University Press of Florida

Community engagement has become an important mission of colleges and universities as they attempt to make meaningful connections between academic goals and community needs. Through service learning, community-based research, and volunteerism, students, faculty, and community partners obtain knowledge and solve problems together. This chapter provides examples of community engagement projects that can be implemented in higher education dance curricula. The author discusses projects such as working with youth in after-school programs, and provides information to guide students and teachers in designing such a program. Currently, only a handful of colleges and universities have service-learning programs in dance. The author recommends that more schools implement these programs in order to help future dance professionals gain skills and knowledge, while providing enrichment for the off-campus community.

Keywords:   After-school programs, Community engagement, Curriculum, Higher education, Jazz dance, Service-learning, Off-campus

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