Salve Regina welcomes international jazz dance experts at conference July 30 – August 2nd

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Salve Regina University announced today that more than 100 jazz dance experts from the U.S., Canada and Europe will participate in the National Dance Education Organization’s annual conference being hosted by Salve Regina University from July 30th – August 2nd.

The conference, “Jazz Dance: Hybrids, Fusions, Connections, Community,” is being organized and planned by Salve’s associate professor of dance, Lindsay Guarino, and is designed to showcase the understanding of what jazz dance is today in all its vibrant shapes and forms. Community is central to the Africanist aesthetics at the core of jazz dance, and the NDEO community is passionate about honoring the roots of jazz while recognizing the rich multi-cultural traditions that shape jazz dance today.

This is the second such conference to be hosted in Newport, which enjoys a long history of jazz. The first jazz conference, held in 2016, was inspired by “Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches,” a book edited by Guarino and Providence College professor Wendy Oliver.

This year’s conference will feature morning jazz jams, screenings of two documentaries: “Transmission: Roots to Branches (2019) and “Everything Remains Raw.” It will also feature a clam bake in Ochre Court with dancing to jazz music by MSD Quintet, featuring Salve music professor Peter Davis.

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Additionally, select sessions will provide a glimpse into the range and nature of topics covered at the conference:

·         From Lindy Hop to Hip Hop: the real jazz dance continuum

·         The West African Roots of Solo Vernacular Jazz

·         Reflective and Connective: Jazz Dance Improvisation as Personal and Communal Expression

·         Jazz Dance in Higher Education: Moving Toward a Manifesto for Curricular Change

·         Nurturing Embodiment through Ritual & Community: An Interpretation of African Diaspora Ethos

·         Choreography as Community: Choreographing Women in Dance

Eight Salve Regina dance students will be returning to campus to volunteer during the conference and participate in classes and events, including: Rose Bogardus ’22, Sara Chlastawa ’20, Michaela Darragh ’20, Morgan George ’22, Allison Deluca ’21, Marissa Masson ‘19, Kenzie Stewart ’21 and Maddie Stewart ’19.  The students will also be working with Kimberly Cooper from Calgary-based Decidedly Jazz Danceworks to learn a piece that will be performed at the conference and throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. 

The National Dance Education Organization, established as a non-profit organization in 1998, supports dance and dance education in the United States. The organization boasts over 4,000 members. In addition to its annual national conference, it hosts smaller special topics conferences, publishes “The Journal of Dance Education” and the “Dance Education in Practice,” and offers online dance education courses via its Online Professional Development Institute.

For more information, visit https://www.ndeo.org.

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