Some girls and boys may dream of dancing in musicals--high school, college, and perhaps moving on to the big time of Broadway. The roots of jazz dance are varied and according to Garofoli, a freelance writer for Dance Magazine, it is a form that draws on modern dance, ballet, Caribbean, Latin, and even East Indian dances. The text describes the clothing, shoes, and interestingly like modern dance, the dancers use foot undies and dance paws to prevent blisters while they are training. The names of the early jazz masters will not ring bells with young readers, but they may in the future after reading about them. Garofoli gives a good introduction to jazz dance, and shows the steps in detail, but this is not a book that will really teach you how to dance. Rather it whets the appetite and encourages kids to join dance clubs or groups to learn how to become jazz dancers. The glossary provides pronunciation and definitions for some of the terms, a couple of books relating to the subject as well as Fact Hound help to help young readers safely navigate the Internet. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Describes jazz dance, including history and basic steps.
Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 10.
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