With their perspectives gained from dancing and teaching around the world, Stompology instructors Mike Faltesek, Marie N'Daiye, and LaTasha Barnes will share their insights into the historic origins and evolving cultural roles of jazz music and dance. They will be the featured panelists during our Context and Culture in Jazz Dance discussion (moderated by Ryan Swift), which we hope will provide a lively and enlightening opportunity to explore the evolving relevance of jazz—from its roots as a reaction to oppression to a tool of integration—and to delve into its sometimes-fraught contemporary role as the centerpiece of a diverse, world-wide jazz dance community.
I'm catching up on some past show notes that had fallen by the wayside and I came across this clip of LaTasha Barnes that, while it didn't fit in the show notes, was far too awesome not to highlight. Thanks to Rikomatic for highlighting this in his blog late last year. Enjoy LaTasha tearing it up at the 2016 Bay Area House Dance Festival as you pour over the show notes from Episode 022!
Do you remember the new album of original music Josh Collazo discussed in Episode 21? It's now available!
It's an album of top-notch jazz musicians (including Episode 8 guest Jonathan Stout) playing brand-new tunes.
It was an honor and absolute delight to have the privledge of interviewing the legendary Jean Veloz at Lindyfest this year for their Inside the Dancer's Studio series.
Many thanks to Tena, Scott, and the Lindyfest team for giving me the opportunity to sit with Jean for an hour, and to Brett Dahlenburg for getting the video online so quickly!
If you're interested in the clips we showed during the interview, I've created a YouTube playlist, which can be found here.