A History Of Jazz (as Told by a Mad Lib)

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Have you ever watched a (1)__________(proper noun) musical? There’s a good chance the (2)__________(plural noun) were doing some kind of jazz dance during the (3)__________(adjective) numbers. But jazz has been around much longer than Broadway.

Like the music that (4)___________(verb ending in “s”) its name, jazz dance has its roots in African American slave culture. Traditional steps blended with technique brought to America by (5)__________(name of a people group) immigrants to create a new, American dance form. In the early (6)__________(number)th century, most jazz dances were social dances like the Cakewalk, the Charleston, and the (7)__________(noun).

But by the 1950s, Jazz began to grow into a more (8)__________(adjective), performance style of dance. Dancer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham (9)___________(past tense verb) new Caribbean influences, and Bob Fosse helped popularize (10)__________(time period) jazz dance by showing it off in Broadway shows like (11)__________(city) and Cabaret.

Modern jazz continues to be a highly (12)__________(adjective) and varied form of dance with a strong technical background and lots of room for (13)__________(noun).


And if you really want to know the real answers, here they are:

  1. Broadway
  2. Performers
  3. Musical
  5. European
  6. 20
  7. Jitterbug
  8. Technical
  9. Introduced
  10.  Modern
  11.  Chicago
  12.  Expressive
  13.  Innovation


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