Jazzy Jack

Jack Cole "The Father Of Jazz"

All About That Jazz

Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic.


Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.

Jack Cole's Life Accomplishments and Facts

· Born: April 27, 1911. in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

· Died: February 17, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, United States

· Other Names: Richter, John Ewing


Although he began as a modern dancer with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, he soon became involved with stage and night club performances and maintained those affiliations long after becoming a significant force in Hollywood. Working primarily at Columbia, Twentieth Century-Fox, and, occasionally, MGM, Cole provided individual dances in many musical and non-musical films as well as choreographing all the numbers in a variety of musicals. Cole's importance outweighs the films--and, indeed, the stage shows--he worked on. As mentor to a number of major dancers, as an innovator of dance movement, and as a filmmaker concerned with the relationship of camera and dance, Jack Cole provided a model for filming dance but often in films that have reputations inferior to his own.


· 1944: Kismet (Dieterle)

· 1946: The Jolson Story (Green)

· 1951: On the Riviera (W. Lang)

· 1953: The I Don't Care Girl (Bacon)

· 1954: River of No Return (Preminger)

· 1955: Three for the Show (Potter)

· 1957: Les Girls (Cukor)

· 1959: Some Like It Hot (Wilder)

· 1960: Let's Make Love (Cukor)


Known as the "Father of Theatrical Jazz Dance," Jack Cole (1911-1974) virtually created the jazz-ethnic-ballet style of dance that still prevails in concerts, Broadway shows, Hollywood movie musicals and music videos.

Jack Cole combined modern dance, jazz, and ethnic--particularly oriental--movement into a unique style that he exploited in a variety of commercial settings.


Jack Cole dance is hip, hard, and cool. Cole’s scenarios tend to revolve

around a high-octane soloist—typically but not exclusively a woman—backed by all male ‘corps de ballet.’ The soloist, a vivid song-and-dance person, comes across forcefully.

Cole assembled these roving gypsies in geometric formations—lines, wedges, and clusters—and moved them about, not just presenting them dully at center frame.

How Coles styles impacted the dance world today


Jack Cole is known as the father of jazz dance technique. He started off as modern but he switched to jazz style dance after the great depression. His styles was explosive and animalistic which I think every choreographer's style has its own impact on jazz dancing now.

Jack Cole Choreography Examples

JACK COLE Choreography - " Ninevah Dance " from Kismet (1955)

Jack Cole Dance

Chita Rivera & Jack Cole: "Beale Street Blues"

Jack Cole Choreography

Jack Cole Montage