Solo Jazz is a general term that can refer to anything from the pre-Cake Walk dances to post war era material linked with be-bop as well as rhythm 'n' blues music. In modern terminology, it often refers to dancing without a partner rather than dancing with a partner, and it comes without any influences of ballet or any other modern contemporary techniques. Solo Jazz can be danced free and improvised or in routines such as Shim Sham Shimmy, Big Apple or Tranky Doo.
Origin: various places and time periods all over the U.S., but taken to a peak in Harlem, New York City in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Music: all kinds of jazz and jazz related music.
Synonyms: Vernacular Jazz, Authentic Jazz and Original Jazz.
Film clips: Keep Punchin' (1938), Stormy Weather (1943) and Spirit Moves (1950).
The program will follow the traditions featured in especially so called race movies from the 1930s and 40s. The level of the teaching will demand some basic experience of solo jazz. If many dancers sign up, the program might very well divide into two groups, one on a slightly higher and one on a slightly lower.