Associate Professor & Chair | Music, Theatre, and Dance
Lindsay Guarino (she/her) is an artist, educator and scholar. She has facilitated the dramatic growth of Salve’s dance program, including its new major focused in jazz studies. Her historical and embodied research interrogates the impacts of Whiteness on jazz history and practice through an antiracist lens, and investigates the intersections of jazz pedagogy, Africanist aesthetics, American history, identity and culture. As an educator and a leader, Lindsay prioritizes community at the heart of her practice and seeks to cultivate spaces where individuality is celebrated and recognized as vital to personal and collective growth. She is co-editor of Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches (University Press of Florida, 2014), and Rooted Jazz Dance: Africanist Aesthetics and Equity in the Twenty-First Century (UPF, 2022), which was selected as the recipient for the National Dance Education Organization Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award for 2022. Through the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), Lindsay developed and planned two special topics jazz dance conferences (2016 & 2019) and developed and taught Jazz Dance Theory and Practice for the Online Professional Development Institute. In 2020, she was interviewed in and consulted on Khadifa Wong’s documentary Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance, available on HBO Max.
Edited by Lindsay Guarino, Carlos R.A. Jones, and Wendy Oliver
Summary: An African American art form, jazz dance has an inaccurate historical narrative that often sets Euro-American aesthetics and values at the inception of the jazz dance genealogy. Decolonizing contemporary jazz dance practice, this book examines the state of jazz dance theory, pedagogy, and choreography in the twenty-first century, recovering and affirming the lifeblood of jazz in Africanist aesthetics and Black American culture.
Rooted Jazz Dance brings together jazz dance scholars, practitioners, choreographers, and educators from across the United States and Canada with the goal of changing the course of practice in future generations. Arguing that the history of jazz dance is closely tied to the history of racism in the United States, these essays challenge a century of misappropriation and lean into difficult conversations of reparations for jazz dance. This volume overcomes a major roadblock to racial justice in the dance field by amplifying the people and culture responsible for the jazz language.
Lindsay Guarino, Carlos R.A. Jones, and Wendy Oliver (eds.), Rooted Jazz Dance: African Aesthetics and Equity in the Twenty-First Century. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2022
McKillop Library Main Collection: GV1784 .R66 2022