The Division of Dance at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas is hosting Teaching Jazz Dance, a Symposium on June 18, 19 and 20, 2012. The symposium director is Danny Buraczeski.

Three days of classes and presentations – a chance for those committed to the continued vitality and relevance of jazz dance to share ideas and methodologies, an opportunity to discuss the intersection of past and present ideas of what jazz dance is and can be. What is going on in the field today? What does the future hold? What can we do to support future generations of jazz dancers, jazz dance teachers and choreographers.

Anthology of American Jazz Dance
Gus Giordano, Author/Editor
Opening Essay

 All That Jazz
William Como

Jazz dance – like jazz music – is perhaps the soul of American movement. From the thumping motions of the cakewalk, and the shuffling black men of another era to rolled-down stockings of the twenties straight through the Golden Era of Jazz Dance of the fifties and on into the seventies and the highly stylized, highly personal jazz movements of today, it reflects – as jazz has always reflected – the temper of the times. Jazz dance styles, like the music that inspires them, come into being, mature, then change with each decade, becoming, in some marvelous way, historic reflections of our past. If the Southland gave birth to the blues, the Hollywood and Big City Nightlife spread the word, added swing and jump and everything else we know today as “all that jazz”. The form takes its shape from the tempo of life from which it springs, shifting in texture and hue and mood, refining itself, never staying the same – except in its essential faithfulness to its time, that time in which it exists at any given moment.


June 18-20, 2012
Southern Methodist University
Meadows School of the Arts

Sunday June 17  
Participants Arrive
Lodging at the Lumen Hotel

Monday June 18
9-10 Opening Introductions
10-12 Class
12-1 Lunch (on own)
1-2 Presentation
2-4 Class
4-5 Presentation

Tuesday June 19
10-12 Class
12-1 Lunch (on own)
1-2 Presentation
2-4 Class
4-5 Presentation
6pm Tour of the Dallas Arts District – Dinner

Wednesday June 20
9-11 Class
11-12 Presentation
12-2 Symposium Conclusion
Lunch will be provided

Symposium Fee: $100
The symposium fee covers liability insurance, SMU conference fees and administrative expenses, transportation to Dallas Arts District

Hotel Lumen:  $139 (per night)
(no tax)
Single Rate and Double Rate

The Hotel Lumen is an enlightened Dallas Boutique Hotel directly across from SMU, facing the Meadows School of the Arts.

Hotel Lumen is adjacent to Snider Plaza, an urban mall with restaurants, shops, banks and spas.


Call for Submissions
There are five slots available for teaching. There are also five slots available for presentations. The dance classes are two hours in length with the possibility of two participants sharing one slot. One could do a warm-up, another could do across the floor, improvisation or a combination.

The slots available for presentations can be on topics that reflect the participants’ interests or particular areas of expertise. Some possibilities are:

  • Jazz Dance Pedagogy
  • The Influence of Current Network Dance Competition Shows
  • The Competition Industry
  • What YouTube Can Do To Help

The Symposium is limited to 30 Participants.

Application Deadline and submission suggestions are due by March 15, 2012


Teaching Jazz Dance Symposium
Registration Form


Name:           _____________________________


Address:        _____________________________




Phone:           _____________________________


E-mail:          _____________________________


College          _____________________________


Please make your check payable to:
SMU Division of Dance

Mail to:
Southern Methodist University
Division of Dance attn: Heather Guthrie
PO Box 750356
Dallas, Texas 75275

Hotel reservations are made through:
Heather Guthrie
Dance Division Coordinator

A receipt for your symposium payment will be mailed to you.


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