Jazz Dance Direct
Jazz Dance Direct
A searchable collection companies, events, publications, organizations, and schools that are jazz dance focused


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Created by Jazz Is… Dance Project, this site is a searchable directory of jazz dance companies, events, publications, organizations, and colleges.

Jazz Dance Direct was built promote the visibility of jazz dance in its many, varied forms, bringing together a community of practitioners, presenters, scholars, students, writers, and more.

Jazz Dance Direct is devoted exclusively to the promotion and visibility of jazz dance. We greatly value the influence, contributions, and overlapping relationships with tap dance and hip-hop, but do not feature those genres on this website.

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Jazz Is… Dance Project, is dedicated to the dissemination of jazz dance education, choreography, performance, and scholarship.

Founded by Melanie George in 2012, Jazz Is… Dance Project widens the palette and visibility of jazz dance beyond the most immediate and contemporary forms and venues.

Inspired by the democratic nature of jazz music, a uniquely American art form, Jazz Is… Dance Project values improvisation, stylization, and humanity in jazz dance, honoring the roots and fruits of jazz in the classroom, in the studio, and on stage.

This website, like jazz itself, is constantly evolving. 

This is the first ever iteration of this resource. We welcome your thoughts and feedback as this site grows and develops.