Historical Introduction to Jazz and Theatre Dance
Students learn classic jazz movements from theatrical and social dance in a historical and cultural context. Historically, we will cover these dance forms beginning in the late 1800s and continuing up through the 1950s. Emphasis is placed on a movement vocabulary appropriate to particular historical periods with an understanding of the history, economics, and culture and how these all combine to influence our basic styles of dance. Students work individually and in groups on creative solutions in choreography and improvisation using character study, movement, pantomime, abstraction, and analysis. They also learn prepared combinations from each historical period for class performance. The goal of this class is to allow each student to work in a creative, supportive environment, to acquire and develop a basic understanding of combining movements, creating an appropriate style and genre for the movement, and applying their movement to the processes involved to create a performance.