Posts Tagged ‘Jazz Dance’

FYI | Jazz History Unspools in Transmission

What’s up in the dance community Some of the towering figures in jazz dance—including some you might not know of—discuss the art in Transmission, a documentary now in production. “When you ask people, ‘What is jazz?’ everyone has their own view,” assistant director/choreographer Zak Nemorin told Dance Studio Life. “We’re using the concept of the…

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December 2011 | Jivin’ With Joe

Joe Tremaine is the quintessential jazz dance pro. Growing up in the New Orleans area, immersed in what he calls “the best music on Earth,” Tremaine danced his way to New York City and Europe.

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December 2011 | Back-to-Basics Jazz

“You need a stable, grounded lower body,” says James Robey to his attentive students in an advanced jazz class, “and an expressive, mobile upper body.”

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October 2011 | EditorSpeak

By Cheryl Ossola and Karen White Are We Having Fun Yet? This summer at the DanceLife Teacher Conference I was reminded of a good practice that’s easy to forget: if you want to engage people—in just about anything—make it fun. I can thank Dance Studio Life editorial assistant Arisa White for tuning in to that…

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December 2010 | Rooting for Jazz

Sue Samuels has been performing, teaching, and choreographing jazz in New York City for more than 35 years. From her ballet beginnings in Florida, to performances with the Dance Company of Haiti, and later on Broadway, jazz has been her connective tissue.

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Letting the Joy In

Lynn Simonson can identify the exact moment she fell in love with jazz dance: As a teenager, she danced around the room to Miles Davis’ famous album, Kind of Blue. “I think I was wearing my pointe shoes at the time,” says Simonson, the creator of the Simonson Technique and co-founder of Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) in New York City. “The music struck an immediate chord with me.”

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All That’s Jazz

Born in America at the beginning of the 20th century, jazz dance melds the spirit of improvisation with the discipline of applied technique in a style that constantly redefines and reinvents itself. Jazz dance is seen on stages and in movies, on streets and in clubs; it is taught in dance studios and researched at universities. Its history engages both the past and present in a uniquely American way.

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Common Ground | Defining Jazz Dance

Jazz dance. It’s unique to America and expresses universal human experiences, combining the very old with the very new. Its multifaceted nature makes defining it difficult, frustrating, and controversial. Artists, educators, and aficionados of jazz have both complementary and contrasting ideas about this rich subject.

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Teacher in the Spotlight | Todd Wilson

I began dancing professionally at 14, when I joined the University of Arizona Dance Ensemble. Throughout high school I balanced performing with teaching at my family’s studio and traveling back and forth from Los Angeles.

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