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DanceSense Program 9: Jazz Dance



Four segments explore jazz dance’s connection to jazz music and its unique status in American dance. Jazz History traces the origins of jazz dance in American social dance and the form’s intimate relationship to jazz music. Jazz Technique introduces important physical characteristics of jazz dance such as isolations and coordination, musical aspects such as syncopation, and the importance of structure in jazz dance. Jazz Styles points out characteristics of jazz dance, including the concept of “swing,” and explores styles that have emerged from jazz dance over the years. Watching Jazz offers ideas for understanding and enjoying jazz dance.

Suggested Uses:

  • To build your own knowledge of jazz dance.
  • To introduce class discussions or student research on jazz dance and music.
  • To prepare students to attend a live jazz dance performance.
  • Show with the jazz performances “Heat” and “Ode to Sabrina” on the Dance Performances video/DVD to have students discuss or analyze a jazz dance performance.
  • Show with the “JazzArts at Western Kentucky University” segment from Part IV of the DanceSense Enhanced DVD.

For more information:

(These links may leave the Arts Toolkit.)

See the History and Styles section of the Dance Arts Toolkit binder.

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