DANC 453 Forces and Figures in American Jazz Dance

This lecture course will inform students of the history of jazz dance as it relates to the African Diaspora and African American roots of jazz dance. Through lectures and media, students will gain familiarity with significant individuals and social forces that shaped the development of jazz dance. Students will learn to recognize and discuss the movement and rhythmic aesthetics of American Jazz Dance. Course topics include discussion of the culturally diverse social, vernacular and popular dances jazz dance draws upon. Classes will explore the influences of African American movement aesthetics present in social, studio, commercial and musical theater traditions of American Jazz Dance.




Every Spring Semester