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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 American Export in France and the United Kingdom

Jazz Dance as American Export in France and the United Kingdom

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(p.249) 30 Jazz Dance as American Export in France and the United Kingdom
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Jazz Dance
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Sheron Wray

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049298.003.0030

American forms of entertainment including dance impacted the European landscape in parallel with its spreading popularity in the United States. Blackface minstrelsy graced stages in Europe in the mid-nineteenth century. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, transatlantic slave trade between the United States and Great Britain was based on importation of goods and levying of taxes by the British monarchy. American performers entered Britain to entertain the monarchy and elite, and in the late twentieth century, Matt Mattox brought his training program to the area. Eventually, American jazz dance became a part of the British landscape, and even made its way to Japan via British performers. Somewhat later, Mattox and fellow American Geraldine Armstrong transported jazz dance to France, where artists coined the term “Jazz Nouveau concept.” This term articulates their aesthetic, which includes polyrhythms, improvisation, and vernacular vocabularies.

Keywords:   French jazz dance, Geraldine Armstrong, Japanese jazz dance, Jazz dance, Jazz music, Jazz nouveau concept, Matt Mattox, Minstrelsy, Slave trade, United Kingdom jazz dance

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