Jazz Dance World Congress brings diverse performers to Pittsburgh

Giordano Dance Chicago dancers in Kiesha Lalama’s “Alegria”. Photo by Gorman Cook.

By Steve Sucato

So you think you know what jazz dance is?

Think again.

People’s conception of jazz dance often falls short of the reality. It’s not the clichéd “jazz hands” dancing of TV sitcoms, but an art form with a multitude of layers. There is no one look or sound to it: It is influenced by the times while still maintaining a link to its past. And one way dancers and teachers keep pace with those developments is through the Jazz Dance World Congress, whose 17th-edition takes place Aug. 1-4, at Point Park University and elsewhere around the city.

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