All That Jazz

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Creation of Jazz

Jazz dance is often credited as an American creation, however in actuality it originates from African American vernacular dance that came about during the late 1800s. The first official American "jazz dancer" was Joe Frisco around the year 1910, who performed in vaudeville, however its roots trace much further back than this, with many moves being created by the slaves as a much needed physical and emotional outlet. Slave traders often allowed them to dance during their journey over to America, as an attempt to keep them physically fit.

The Who, When, and Where

Who Was Important: some of the leaders were Joe Frisco, Jack Cole, and Jerome Robbins

When It Was Created: 1920s

Where It Evolved: Europe and Africa

Famous Performers and Choreographers

Example Jazz Dance