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Golvnära: En undersökning av jazzdans på golvnivå
Stockholm University of the Arts, Dance Pedagogy Department.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this study is to investigate the possible ways in which we can dance jazz at the lowest level in space; the floor level. My goal is to explore if the floor level can be used in new ways when it comes to creating jazz dance material for teaching or performance situations. By ‘new ways’, I mean ways that are different to those which I have previously experienced when dancing jazz at floor level. My research addresses the effects of this limitation regarding the understanding of jazz dance practices – both from a practitioner and an observer perspective. The overall theoretical approach for this study takes inspiration from hermeneutic theories and ideas. My method is divided into three parts: 1. Creating a model describing movement qualities in jazz dance, 2. Practical investigation, 3. Analysis from an observer’s perspective. I, together with a group of participants, investigate some of the qualities most frequently used to describe jazz dance aesthetics by using improvisation, interpretation and dialogue. I analyse and discuss the impact of my own understanding of jazz dance in addition to the impact upon the participant’s understanding of this genre; as well as to the core elements based on my model. The result of this analysis shows that all categories or elements of movement qualities can be applied to the floor level within jazz dance, but that for various reasons, some are harder to manifest than others. The participants agree on some points and disagree on others, but the overall result is that – according to our understanding and interpretation - the floor level can be used within jazz dance as an area of importance along with other levels in the space when creating dance material for choreographic or teaching purposes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , p. 37 s.
Keywords [en]
Jazzdance, Floor level, Movement qualities, Dance pedagogy
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uniarts:diva-716OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uniarts-716DiVA, id: diva2:1422650
Educational program
Dance Pedagogy
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2020-04-08 Created: 2020-04-08 Last updated: 2020-04-08Bibliographically approved

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