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Leslie D. Netting (U.S.A.)

Lyrical Jazz Dance

Netting, D. Leslie (U.S.A.): "Lyrical Jazz Dance", 18th International Congress on Dance Research, Argos, 3-7/11, 2004.

This thirty minute class will offer any dancer or dance educator exposure to lyrical jazz dance with special emphasis on center barre, that portion of the lyrical jazz class that differentiates it from a conventional jazz class. The integration and employment of the balletic line, or center barre, offsets the strong percussive features of conventional jazz dance and extends the body line encouraging muscle strength, joint flexibility and balance, as well as providing an outlet for emotional communication. Participants will experience the proper progression for a lyrical jazz class, variations for different abilities, and appropriate musical accompaniment.


Dr. Leslie D. Netting, full professor, has served as Director of Dance within the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Dance at KutztownUniversity for the past twenty-three years.  Dr. Netting received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from BostonCollege, her Masters Degree in Physical Education and Dance from AdelphiUniversity, and her Doctoral Degree in Dance Education and Higher Administration from New YorkUniversity.  Dr. Netting's extensive study in lyrical jazz dance and her tutelage under Alvin Ailey, Matt Mattox, Luigi, and Lynn Simonson brought about her selection as Scholar in Residence at KenyattaUniversity in Kenya, Africa in 1997.  During her stay in Africa, Dr. Netting taught dance technique and theory, as well as documented tribal performances in their natural habitat.

Dr. Netting has presented workshops at the International Conference of Dance and the Child held in Kuopio, Finland in July of 1997, at the AAHPERD National Conventions in Reno, Nevada in April of 1998 and in Orlando, Florida in March of 2000.  Dr. Netting was also invited to speak in Lisbon, Portugal at the 'New Trends in Dance Teaching' Conference held in October of 1998. Most recently, Dr. Netting was selected as Scholar in Residence at YantaiUniversity in China. Her residency in October included her participation as choreographer and performer in Yantai’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.  

Space Requirements: studio with enough space for all participants to be able to move, CD player

Dr. Leslie D. Netting, EdD




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