Pepsi Bethel Jazz Dance Theatre New York

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Pepsi Bethel's Jazz Dance Theatre, New York

AMERICAN JAZZ DANCE

AND THE ARTISTS WHO SHAPED IT

Giordano Dance Chicago celebrates and honors the diversity of the art form of American jazz dance.  We champion jazz dance’s complex history of cultural integration, and illuminate its evolution from African traditions to its present incarnation as dynamic, vibrant, and multi-veined.  GDC and the Giordano Technique could not exist without the influence of many Black artists including the great Katherine Dunham, one of Gus Giordano’s mentors and an inspiration in the development of the Giordano Technique.  The Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers Initiative, launched in February 2021, celebrates American jazz dance history with an emphasis on the contributions of Black artists. 

 

Through this initiative GDC will create a resource center on our website where dance lovers can find information about those who shaped American jazz dance.  Topics will include West African roots of jazz dance, the Savoy Ballroom era, and pioneers and innovators like Dunham, Pepsi Bethel, Joan Myers Brown, Frank Hatchett and more.  The Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers Initiative will culminate in Black History Month 2022 and highlight Black artists in jazz dance who are making history today.  

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Talley Beatty

Talley Beatty: 

 

A leader in lyrical jazz choreography

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JOSEPHINE BAKER: 

 

Performer

World War II Spy

Activist

and more...

Josephine Baker

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KATHERINE DUNHAM: 

 

dancer 

choreographer

anthropologist

Katherine Dunham

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The Savoy Ballroom

The Savoy Ballroom: 

 

World's Finest Ballroom and Home of Happy Feet

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GERMAINE ACOGNY: 

 

West African Influence on Jazz Dance

Germaine Acogny

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COMING SOON

COMING SOON!

KATHERINE DUNHAM: 

 

dancer 

choreographer

anthropologist

Photo of Talley Beatty by Eric M. Sanford.

Photo of Norma Miller (Savoy Ballroom) was without photo credit.

Photo of Josephine Baker is public domain and was colorized by Olga Shirnina.

Photo of Germaine Acogny by François Guddier.

All other photos from this page were found in the

Anthology of American Jazz Dance by Gus Giordano.