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Transcript of Jazz
History of Jazz Dance
During World War I Africans from many cultures were brought to America on slave ships
Once jazz music evolved in the 1900's, the African American slaves would dance to this music using isolations, improvisations, bent knees, and clapping.
Ultimately, combining their cultures into one dance.
History of Jazz Dancing
The white people really enjoyed watching the slaves dance and eventually began to imitate their movements
White dancers would perform this new dance titled "jazz" to the popular music of that given time
Jazz dance spread from New Orleans, to New York, Chicago and Europe
Classic Jazz Moves
The Lindy Hop
"The history of jazz dance has evolved in pace with the music and moods of each decade" - Unknown
.Jazz music stems from combining brass bands playing blues with rhythmic instruments.
Jazz music has a horn section (trumpet, clarinet, trombone) as well as a rhythm section (piano, drums, tuba)
Jazz music became interracial (Italians, Creoles, European immigrants
New Orleans Rhythm Kings - first all white Dixieland jazz band
Jazz music is known for having syncopated rhythms (rhythms that are unexpected and change the beat)
Evolution of Jazz
1930 - jazz music transformed into a symphonic jazz complemented by an orchestra.
1930 - Fred Astaire brought jazz dance to the Broadway stage
1940 - jazz became influenced by ballet and modern; jazz makes an entrance into film (Gene Kelly)
1960 - Motown and backup dancers make the "twist" move popular
1960 - Jazz moves are seen in social settings (ex. parties)
1970 - Bob Fosse creates All That Jazz and Sweet Chariot
1980 - Jazz was prominent in film: Footloose, Dirty Dancing, FlashDance
"Now I gotta cut loose,
Kick up my Sunday Shoes"
Jazz In Our Current Day
The Stars of Jazz
Jazz dancing can be seen in film, on stage, and on television.