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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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A Twenty-First-Century Jazz Dance Manifesto

A Twenty-First-Century Jazz Dance Manifesto

Chapter:
(p.12) 3 A Twenty-First-Century Jazz Dance Manifesto
Source:
Jazz Dance
Author(s):

Sheron Wray

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049298.003.0003

This author’s perspective on jazz dance is centered on four core principles derived from an African aesthetic. These principles are: 1) rhythmicity, 2) formidable relationship with the music, 3) improvisation, and 4) dynamic play. Within rhythmic expression, the choreographer or dancer attempts to produce complex articulation of the body, demonstrating multiple tones simultaneously. The movements in jazz dance convey the nuances of rhythm, including the color tone that musicians produce in playing the music. Artists pursuing jazz dance today should bring to the field their own individual styles as choreographers, a deep connection with music, an ability to improvise and to develop that skill in others, and finally a sense of play, which manifests itself through precision, simultaneous movement and music invention, supple dynamic range, a risk-taking outlook, individual personality, irony, wit, and satire.

Keywords:   African aesthetic, Dynamic play, Improvisation, Music, Rhythmicity

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