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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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Historical Movement Chart

Historical Movement Chart

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Jazz Dance

Tom Ralabate

University Press of Florida

This section offers an outline of vernacular jazz dance steps, movements, and styles by era, and the musical styles that were dominant during each period. Beginning with the 1800s and reaching all the way to the present, this chart clearly depicts how vernacular jazz dance never stops changing. The chart lists popular culture music styles including but not limited to: jazz and swing in the 1930s; rock and roll in the 1950s; Motown in the 1960s; and the styles of hip-hop, rap, computerized music, country music, etc. that began in the 1970s and are still prevalent today. All of these musical styles gave birth to trends in social dance settings which influence jazz dance training and choreography. The list of specific steps, movements, and styles is extensive. Some of the more familiar terms are: Black Bottom, Charleston, Lindy, Jitterbug, Cha Cha, Twist, Hustle, Breakdancing, Soulja Boy, and Electric Slide.

Keywords:   Jazz dance steps, Music, Popular culture, Social dance

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