What is Jazz Dance? - History & Terms


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The origins of jazz dance can be traced to which one of the following?

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1. Jazz dance ''officially'' originated in which one of the following American cities?

2. What contributed to jazz dance becoming as popular as traditional ballet dancing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Jazz dance gained popularity in America during the early 1900s. You will be tested on how this style of dance came to North America and the type of music that has influenced it over time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • When jazz dancing first appeared on Broadway
  • Why jazz dance has become as popular as traditional ballet
  • The city that is viewed as the official birthplace of jazz dance in the United States

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding to describe the origin of jazz dance
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about music that began to influence jazz dancing in the 1950s
  • Interpreting information - ensure that you can read and interpret information about jazz dance and ballet from the related lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, read the lesson named What is Jazz Dance? - History & Terms. This lesson discusses:

  • The meaning of important jazz dance terms
  • How jazz is similar to ballet
  • When American studios first began to teach jazz dance