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  • 1. Jazz Dance By Casey Robertson

2. The History of Jazz Dance Jazz dance originated in the 1900s from different styles of dance but mainly from the African Culture. In the 17th century, when slaves where brought to America, their music and dances were brought with them. These dances were brought to the plantations and many slave owners used their best dancers to perform for guests. Eventually, these songs and dances made its way to theater, but not from the people it originated from but rather from the Mistrel Shows. Once the 1980s arrived, blacks where allowed to perform their own Mistrel shows. 3. Example of Traditional African Dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epz7wYXCY6Y 4. History of Jazz Dance Cont. The Minstrels were popular until the emergence of the Vaudeville era. This era was the beginning of the creation of jazz music, which was the combination of the blues and ragtime. Along with the new emergence of music, jazz became connected with burlesque shows and American theatre. During the 1930s, jazz became a very important part of the entertainment industry. Jazz starting popping up in night clubs, movie musicals, and dance concerts. 5. Example of Jazz in the 1930s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx6Rgn1ioAk 6. Jazz Today Today Jazz has many different styles and represents different things to different people. As stated In Nora Ambrosios book, Learning about dance, although Jazz has been defined in many different ways, descriptive terms such as sensual, visceral, improvisational, syncopated, hot, and cool are often usend in reference to jazz dance(127). Quote by writer Mike Moore: Basically, jazz is an approach. It is everchanging, but vitality is a constant. A continual refinement is also constant. Changes in jazz happen in very subtle ways. Jazz dancers seek the fine edge of perfection in their performance. No movement is dull, there is an unabated theatricality about jazz. No movement is perfunctory. Improvisation is the core. Jazz dance moves through delicate changes of color and shading. In jazz dance, one works toward an individual style that builds from traditional jazz origins and strikes out boldly in the contemporary. Jazz was born in America, of African parents. 7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA Michael Jackson studied the style of jazz dance and used this as inspiration in many of his music videos. 8. Elements and Style Jazz dance focuses on the concentration of certain parts of the body and controlling their movement. Jazz also focuses on the idea of the dramatic movement of moving the body from doing dance moves crouched low to the grown and then instantly changing to movements standing straight up. Jazz shows great emphases on the lines of the body and how certain movements can create a certain line and look to the body. Jazz dance is based around jazz music, which is very soulful, and jazz dance reflects these emotions through dance. 9. Response I find jazz dance to be my favorite expression of dance. I love the incorporation of traditional African dance mixed with the burlesque theatre of the 1930s. Jazz dance appears in so many places in todays media from music videos, Broadway, and many movie musicals. Jazz dance is a dance form that anyone can relate to and enjoy. Jazz dance can range anywhere from slow sorrowful dance numbers to very uplifting and upbeat dance numbers, which gives this form of dance a lot of range to work with. 10. Works Cited Ambrosio, Nora.Learning about Dance.Kendall Hunt,2003.Print Chicago-Hot Honey Rag.Youtube.Web.23,Nov. 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx6Rgn1ioAk Michael Jackson- Thriller.Youtube.Web.23,Nov.2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA Tradition African Dance Performed in Rwanda.Youtube.Web.23,Nov.2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epz7wYXCY6Y