“A wonderful tool for teachers looking for in-depth profiles of historic jazz figures or a sampling of the second half of the 20th century’s jazz ideologies for a dance history course.”—Dance Teacher
“A must-read for all dancers as the invaluable historical references and in-depth coverage of the different jazz forms cannot be found in such detail in any other book on the market today.”—Debra McWaters, author of Musical Theatre Training
“Artfully weaves history and professional perspectives to reveal the boundaries of the jazz dance world. It invites the reader to develop a more complicated definition of jazz dance for the twenty-first century.”—Susan A. Lee, Northwestern University
Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches offers the only overview of trends and developments since 1960. Editors Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver have assembled an array of seasoned practitioners and scholars who trace the numerous histories of jazz dance and examine various aspects of the field, including trends, influences, training, race, aesthetics, international appeal, and its relationship to tap, rock, indie, black concert dance, and Latin dance.
“Jazz dance has been largely overlooked as an artistic form, both on college campuses and in the professional dance community,” said editor Wendy Oliver in an interview with Providence College. “It is important to celebrate and honor its heritage and its more modern expressions,” she stresses.
In this interview with the editors. from New Books in Dance you’ll hear more about why they felt this book needed to be published, and why it means so much to each of them.