Dancer, choreographer, educator, and tradition-bearer of Black American social dance LaTasha Barnes brings together her collective of extraordinary dance artists and jazz musicians in The Jazz Continuum. Seven dancers and seven musicians come together in lively and fun interplay as they explore the parallel flourishing of jazz music and Black American social dance styles through the decades, beginning with Lindy Hop.
Barnes’ dance influences run the gamut: along with Lindy Hop, she dips into well-known and niche genres alike, including house, hip-hop, vernacular jazz, and waacking.
Globally and nationally, LaTasha Barnes is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence at every performance. Barnes's choreography is expansive, filled with artistic, competitive, and performative skills, and you’re going to be riveted by this dynamic cast of exceptional artists.
This performance at NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre includes unique stage seats for audience members eager to get up close to the action!
“Continuum is expertly choreographed—the details of the movements and the architecture of the staging clearly drawn—but there is yet an easy-going feeling of improvisation that could slyly belie the work’s formidable structure and the performers’ intense work.”Boston Globe
This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.