Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches

Edited by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

“A must-read for all dancers.”—Debra McWaters, author of Musical Theatre Training

Grown from African roots and shaped by European influences, the branches of jazz dance include tap, Broadway, funk, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, Latin, pop, club jazz, popping, B-boying, party dances, and more. This book traces the many histories of jazz dance, discussing such dancers and choreographers as Bob Fosse and Katherine Dunham. Jazz Dance also looks at aspects of the field including trends, influences, training, race, aesthetics, international appeal, and the relationship of jazz dance to rock, indie, black concert dance, and Latin dance.

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