Jazz the House - It's an American dance event!
Feel the pulse of live jazz, tap and hip-hop dance at the annual Jazz & Tap Dance Festival on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:00 PM, at the Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus Theater. A unique Washington DC event, this show puts swing in your bones, a tap to your fingers and a beat to your walk.
As the artistic director and founder of Dancin’ Unlimited, a professional jazz dance company based in Northern Virginia since 1973, Marilyn York has been bringing first class jazz dance to the Washington DC Metropolitan Area for almost forty years. Her experiences as an artistic director, performer, master instructor and choreographer attest to her unwavering resolve. With her keen attention to detail and no-nonsense management style, Ms. York devotes herself to improving the quality and visibility of jazz dance. And she wants her audiences to experience the power, passion, and precision of America’s indigenous dance style. Marilyn York is truly an artistic treasure of Northern Virginia.
Jazz dance is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance. In the 1950s, a new genre of jazz dance — modern jazz dance — emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Every individual style of jazz dance has roots traceable to one of these two distinct origins. Jazz dance was a big hit in the early 50's and it is still a well-loved style of dance all over the world. Moves used in jazz dance include Jazz Hands, Kicks, Leaps, Sideways Shuffling, Rolled Shoulders, and Turned Knees.
Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company is proud to continue this tradition and to promote, produce and perform America’s indigenous dance art form.