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jazz dance

a dance form or dance that is matched to the rhythms and techniques of jazz music, developed by American blacks in the early part of the 20th century.
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jazz dancer, noun


[jaz-dans, ‐dahns] /ˈdʒæzˌdæns, ‐ˌdɑns/
verb (used without object), jazz-danced, jazz-dancing.
to perform jazz dance. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Students were taught a brief jazz dance, taken at a moderate tempo.
Encyclopedia Article for jazz dance

any dance to jazz accompaniments, composed of a profusion of forms. Jazz dance paralleled the birth and spread of jazz itself from roots in black American society and was popularized in ballrooms by the big bands of the swing era (1930s and '40s). It radically altered the style of American and European stage and social dance in the 20th century. The term is sometimes used more narrowly to describe (1) popular stage dance (except tap dance) and (2) jazz-derived or jazz-influenced forms of modern dance. It excludes social dances lacking jazz accompaniment-e.g., the rumba and other Latin-American dances.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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