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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 from 1970 into the Twenty-First Century

Jazz Dance from 1970 into the Twenty-First Century

(p.59) 8 Jazz Dance from 1970 into the Twenty-First Century
Jazz Dance

Jill Flanders Crosby

Michèle Moss

University Press of Florida

From the 1970s to the present, jazz continues experimenting and innovating, blending and fusing, leaving contestations and contradictions in its wake. Over time it became obvious that the genesis for both jazz dance and jazz music, the fusing of West African rhythms and movement roots and European influences, would be retained by some and released by others. What remained central was its changing nature, an evolving form that was a reflection of the day. Ultimately each era from the 1970s on would be distinct, yet some core aspects remained if only by hints and shadows: rhythmic movement, pelvic movement, elements of its social dance beginnings, elements of entertainment, and vast artistic explorations. This chapter will discuss multiple jazz stories, including experimentation in jazz dance and music; jazz as a social, theatrical, and concert dance form; revival movements; and jazz dance in the studios.

Keywords:   Concert jazz dance, Jazz dance in studios, Social jazz dance, Theatrical jazz dance

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