This course will explore the technique and improvisation specific to the Savoy Ballroom jazz dance era spanning 1930-1950. We will engage with traditional jazz dance roots such as charleston, lindy hop, solo jazz, and blues, and students will view archival footage to support their understanding of these vintage aesthetics. "Jazz roots" dances existed in both social and performative spaces, and we will learn the techniques that underpin both of these aims. By the end of the semester, students will be knowledgeable in basic jazz music structures, be able to lead and follow social partnered dance, and create their own jazz roots choreography based on the steps and aesthetics we discuss.
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM