So, while their music has the light Latin pulse that has epitomised cocktail good times ever since Perez Prado, with tight and hooky horn lines that conjure up all kinds of jazz dancing
from swing-era lindy-hopping to the jazz dance of the '80s London revival, some of the electronic beats and the It gets the Gilles Peterson seal of approval.As timeless and hot as English mustard, and as highly recommended as an accompaniment to that patio barbecue.
Last summer, I taught classes, the head of The Royal Ballet School taught classes, a ballet master from The Kirov set Paquita on the students, Ann Reinking set a Fosse suite which exposed them to musical theatre and jazz dancing
. I truly think that that's the future of dance--where they are able to do so many things.
Thanks for the DANCE MAGAZINE article on Matt Mattox (August 2003), one of the most influential figures in American jazz dancing
. He is truly an unsung hero, particularly here in the United States.
Aesha Ash, a member of NYCB's corps, chose ballet as a way to improve her jazz dancing
But here, gemlike moments that once stood out against washes of group activity have been set in lapidary fashion amidst a whole new dancing groove--an ebullient melange of Rousseve's very New York, very postmodern, release and contact improvisation-influenced style and "jazz dancing
," which it turns out, was the choreographer's first love.
At that time jazz dance was performed by individuals at dance halls, at rent parties during the Depression, and on Broadway and vaudeville stages by dance "acts," who recreated social jazz dancing
into formalized routines.
I'm a founder-director, and can go around doing what I really enjoy doing: teaching the technique of jazz dancing
." The transition has been smoothly made over the past several years, and now all the pieces have been placed in the next generation's hands.
After graduation in 1940, Nagrin auditioned for a resort job at Unity House, where he met Sue Ramos and fell under the spell of her jazz dancing
. They worked together for a year and a half; then he found himself selected for a revue choreographed by Tamins, who introduced him to club dates.
Among the freshest works presented this season were the three New York premieres choreographed by Danny Buraczeski, truly a singular voice in the genre of jazz dancing
. Buraczeski's rhythmic movement has an affinity for modern dance and the earth: high flying, yet securely grounded; poignant, with no hint of sentimentality.
He'd had a long career as a musical-comedy performer--"I did all the big Broadway shows," he remarks, "but I didn't do them on Broadway; I was always on tour"--and he'd had intensive training in ballet and in jazz dancing
. Before moving to New York from New Orleans, Zimmerman was a gymnastics champion in high school and in college, until a serious knee injury ended that part of his career, and tumbling is an important part of the curriculum at Pompton Lakes.
If they are lost, jazz dancing
is deprived of its identity.
Most of what we're accustomed to call "jazz dancing
" isn't, according to Joe Nash.