Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches

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“A must-read for all dancers as the invaluable historical references and in-depth coverage of the different jazz forms cannot be found in such detail in any other book on the market today.”—Debra McWaters, author of Musical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

The history of jazz dance is best understood by thinking of it as a tree. The roots of jazz dance are African. Its trunk is vernacular, shaped by European influence, and exemplified by the Charleston and the Lindy Hop. From the vernacular have grown many and varied branches, including tap, Broadway, funk, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, Latin, pop, club jazz, popping, B-boying, party dances, and more.

Unique in its focus on history rather than technique, Jazz Dance 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.

Featuring discussions of such dancers and choreographers as Bob Fosse and Katherine Dunham, as well as analyses of how the form’s vocabulary differs from ballet, this complex and compelling history captures the very essence of jazz dance.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813049296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813049298
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Excellent & accurate information, good reference

One person found this helpful.
 on June 14, 2016
By Joe
Love this book – very informative and accurate information on everything jazz dance. I appreciate the layout of the book. It makes for a very easy read. It’s a great book to learn the overall history of jazz dance but also to use as a reference or teaching aid. One of my favorite things about the book is how it describes all the different types of jazz dance. It’s very thorough and most importantly, current and up to date with the trend that jazz dance has taken. Highly recommend. I haven’t been able to find a book that compares to this one.

Good price

 on September 15, 2017
By Patrick Carmody
Good price and the exact book she needed for school!

A GREAT book for dance folks with lots of detailed information …

 on December 27, 2016
By nycchicinsocal
A GREAT book for dance folks with lots of detailed information regarding the establishment of jazz dance and jazz culture in America. I use this for my Dance History course I teach and also provide selected readings for other Jazz specific courses as well.

greaaaaat book

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 10, 2014
By vanessa verdoodt
amazing history!!! This book is a must read for teachers, students and dance lovers.

Five Stars

 on October 24, 2017
By Amazon Customer
So nice book for those who were interested in jazz dance nowadays. I recommend!


One person found this helpful.
 on December 9, 2014
By KB Steps
This book is essential for anyone who teaches, practices or enjoys jazz dance. This is the book we have been waiting for.

Great book!

One person found this helpful.
 on March 23, 2014
By Idancer
Very informative and well layed out. The reader will now have a good understanding of jazz dance and its history.

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