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Jazzing it up: Teaching jazz dance

Jazzing it up: Teaching jazz dance [videorecording]

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Moving imageUse in library *MGZIC 9-2703Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
  • Benjamin, Fred.
  • Simonson, Lynn.
  • Ipiotis, Celia.
  • Wright, Charles Brooks, 1951-
  • Roach, Max, 1924-2007.
  • Bush, Jeffrey C.
  • Fred Benjamin Dance Company.
  • ARC Videodance (Firm)
1 videocassette (U-matic, NTSC) (29 min.) : sd., col.; 3/4 in.
Fred Benjamin and Lynn Simonson, jazz dancers, teachers, and choreographers, discuss their work in separate interviews. Benjamin discusses European and American attitudes towards jazz dancing, the influence of critical responses, and the inspiration and influence of Talley Beatty on his work. The Fred Benjamin Dance Company is seen in excerpts from Benjamin's Parallel lines and Straight from the heart. Simonson describes jazz dancing as a style rather than a technique, and notes its divergence on the commercial and concert stages. Though she postulates the ideal of the total dancer, well-versed in all dance forms, she points out some qualities that are unique to jazz. She is seen in excerpts of her Duet for the first time, with Charles Wright. Both guests discuss what constitutes good teaching, and the role of music as inspiration for their works. In an additional feature, percussionist Max Roach describes how he keeps his work fresh. He is seen in action in a tape incorporating special video techniques.
Series Statement
Eye on dance ; 254
Uniform Title
  • Parallel lines (Choreographic work : Benjamin)
  • Straight from the heart (Choreographic work : Benjamin)
  • Produced by ARC Videodance as part of the television series Eye on dance. Recorded on March 21, 1988 at the studios of WNYC, New York. Telecast on April 28, 1988. Producers: Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush. Video director: Richard Sheridan. Program director: Celia Ipiotis. Technical director: Jeff Bush. Host: Celia Ipiotis.
Call Number
*MGZIC 9-2703
Jazzing it up: Teaching jazz dance [videorecording]
Eye on dance ; 254
Local Subject
Television. Jazzing it up.
Television. Eye on dance.
Jazz dance -- Study and teaching.
Added Author
Benjamin, Fred. ive, choreographer.
Simonson, Lynn. ive, choreographer, dancer.
Ipiotis, Celia. Host. Producer. Director
Wright, Charles Brooks, 1951- dancer.
Roach, Max, 1924-2007. Musician
Roach, Max, 1924-2007. Speaker
Bush, Jeffrey C. Producer. Director
Fred Benjamin Dance Company.
ARC Videodance (Firm)
Added Title
Parallel lines (Choreographic work : Benjamin)
Straight from the heart (Choreographic work : Benjamin)
Research Call Number
*MGZIC 9-2703
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