The event features an extensive 12-hour Jazz Roots dance workshop, bringing together 27 internationally acclaimed instructors. Revel in four nights of festivities, including three all-night dance parties! Experience an extraordinary show, live music bands, incredible DJs with original and diverse new tracks, and the opportunity to meet swing dance legends!
The workshops will be held on March 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st and april 1st. Each day of classes (march 30th,31st & arpil 1st), participants will have 3 to 4 hours of classes, including 2 hours tailored to their skill level and a 2-hour workshop. Choose from a wide array of topics and instructors to tailor your learning experience
Exploring Jazz Roots Dance: The Origin and Evolution
Jazz Roots dance, also known as solo jazz, authentic jazz, traditional jazz, or vernacular jazz, is an Afro-American solo dance form that emerged during the swing era (1920-1940). This dynamic dance style evolved from various African dances and the Charleston, existing alongside Lindy Hop and Tap Dance, and serving as a precursor to modern street dances like funk and hip-hop.
The term 'Jazz Roots' was coined in 2002 by Olivier Ménicot aka BrotherSwing. This designation was intended to distinguish the jazz dance of the Swing era from the modern jazz dance that developed from the 1940s onward. Choreographers like Jack Cole, Bob Fosse, and Matt Mattox began blending different dance forms, including classical, Asian, and tap, gradually moving away from the traditional groundedness, rhythmic intricacy, and deep musical connection of earlier jazz dance, towards a style with a more theatrical and scenic resonance.
Understanding Jazz Roots dance offers insight into the transformative journey of jazz from its earthy origins to its modern interpretations, highlighting its enduring impact on the world of dance and music.