Addresses multi-cultural influences that American vernacular dance and music contributed to the development and presentation of musical theatre, dance, film and stage traditions in American popular entertainment. Examines how the trajectories of the African Diaspora impacted developments in these distinct arenas of the American entertainment industry.
This is a lecture course designed to introduce students from any discipline to the rich history of jazz dance. Through lectures, media, and live demonstrations from experts, students will gain familiarity with significant individuals and social forces that shaped the development of jazz dance. Students will learn to recognize and discuss the movement and rhythmic aesthetics of American Jazz Dance.
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