ALL THAT JAZZ!

The Makeup of Jazz Dancing.


What is Jazz Dance?
Jazz dance is the performance dance technique and style that
emerged in America in the early twentieth century. Jazz
dance may refer to vernacular jazz or Broadway or
theatrical jazz. ...


What are the characteristics of jazz dance?


Characteristics - Key features of jazz dance styles include using
feet, arm, and hand positions, isolations (head, shoulder,
hips), timing, shape, and movements including body rolls, jazz
walks, swings, and kicks. Jazz, tap and musical theater dance
are “cousins.


”What type of music is used for jazz dance?


Throughout its history, Jazz dance has developed in parallel to
popular music. Saxophones, bass guitar, drums, cello, piano and
an addition soul voice is used in jazz music.
How is jazz dance performed?
Jazz dance began as an African American social dance that had
roots in African slave dances. Over time, a clearly
defined jazz genre emerged, changing from a street dance to a
theatrical dance performed on stage due to the work by artists
such as Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, Eugene Louis Faccuito and Gus
Giordano.

Jazz Is Felt From The Soul

"Jazz music and dance is powerful! there is no script. It's conversation. the emotion is given to you and in that spit second you make a decision to fulfill what that moment requires... Jazz is a language of feeling from your soul" 

-Wynton Marsalis

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