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Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches

Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver


This multi-author textbook provides an in-depth look at the rich and varied history of jazz dance, from its African roots in early American society until today. The book is divided into six main parts, each addressing a different aspect of jazz dance. The opening section explores the nature of jazz dance from the perspective of four different authors, and is capped by descriptions of the many different styles of jazz dance. The second section focuses on jazz dance history, giving an expansive overview beginning with African dance, through the jazz era of the 1920s-40s, the immense diversificat ... More

Keywords: African aesthetic, African-American concert dance, Choreographers, Club jazz, Dance history, Dance training, Hip-hop dance, Jazz dance, Jazz music, Musical theater

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813049298
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsay Guarino, editor

Wendy Oliver, editor

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