LaTasha Barnes’ The Jazz Continuum trailer

     LaTasha Barnes, The Jazz Continuum

  • This virtual showcase includes footage accompanied by a conversation between Choreographer LaTasha Barnes & Melanie George, Associate Curator, Jacob’s Pillow

2021/2022 & 2022/2023 Tour Dates

August 19, 2022
Summerstage in Marcus Garvey Park
Excerpts from The Jazz Continuum
New York, NY

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“A generous, joyful elixir of an experience.”

– Janine Parker, The Boston Globe

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“Barnes is especially extraordinary for the way the past and the present can pass through her compact, nimble body.”

NY Times

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“To watch LaTasha Barnes dance is to watch historical distance collapse.”

NY Times

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LaTasha Barnes’ The Jazz Continuum centers the prolific artistry of Jazz music and dance as a cornerstone of Black American dance forms. Performed by an intergenerational cast of seven Black dancers and six Black musicians, this evening-length performance celebrates the pure joy of Black Jazz dance. Barnes reaches back nearly 100 years, making the connection between the dances that sprang from America’s Black jazz music to today’s house and hip hop dance vernacular. Each performer embodies their personal dance and music journeys, investigating the energetic and generative relationships within Jazz and Lindy Hop as they share their imaginings of its reapplication. The Jazz Continuum was supported and presented by Guggenheim Works & Process and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2021.

Currently on faculty at ASU (Tempe), Barnes is an internationally recognized and award-winning dancer, choreographer, educator, performer, and ambassador of Black Jazz culture. A champion house and hip hop dancer, she found Lindy Hop when she attended a swing dance gathering. It was then she recognized these were the dances her great grandmother had taught her. Barnes has been a frequent collaborator with Dorrance Dance, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Ladies of Hip-Hop, and Caleb Teicher & Co. (Please see full biography below)

Link to Jacob’s Pillow PILLOW NOTES doc

Link to Jacob’s Pillow PILLOW TALK recording

Link to Jacob’s Pillow POST-SHOW TALK recording


Awarded a 2021 Bessie for Outstanding Performer, LaTasha Barnes is an internationally recognized dancer, choreographer, educator, and Tradition-bearer of Black American Social Dance from Richmond, VA. She is globally celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout the cultural traditions she bears: House, Hip-Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop, among them. Barnes’ expansive artistic, competitive and performative skills have made her a frequent collaborator to Dorrance Dance, Singapore based Timbre Arts Group, Ephrat Asherie Dance, and many more. The NY Times said of her most recent collaboration with Caleb Teicher in Swing Out: “Barnes is especially extraordinary for the way the past and the present can pass through her…”

Barnes leadership and business skills have placed her in positions of service as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival, Vice President of Marketing & Outreach for the International Lindy Hop Championship, Co-director HellaBlackLindyHop, Board Member of the Black Lindy Hoppers Fund, the Frankie Manning Foundation and a contributing member to the NEFER Global Movement Collective.

Full Bio HERE

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