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Frank Hatchett's Jazz Dance


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Part 1 Frank Hatchett's VOP: the evolution of VOP; the spirit of the dance. Part 2 5,6,7,8, VOP! ready, set...warm up; basic movements; beginner movements; advanced beginner movements; intermediate and advanced movements; put it together with VOP. Appendices: dance finder; dance terms.

About the Author

Loved and admired throughout the world for his unique style of jazz dance and inspirational teaching, Frank Hatchett is quite simply one of the legendary jazz dance masters. Hatchett is currently the dean of dance at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center in New York City where more than 250,000 dancers come to learn each year. He's had an impressive roster of students including Madonna, Brooke Shields, Naomi Campbell, Olivia Newton-John, Justine Bateman, Vanessa Williams, Julie Brown, Suzette Charles, Savion Glover, and dozens of Broadway and daytime television actors and actresses.Dubbed "The Doctor of Jazz" by ABC's Good Morning America, Frank Hatchett has a very high-profile career. He's been featured on the Emmy Award-winning CNBC episode of Real Stories and spotlighted on MTV's show The Real World. He has also received the prestigious L'Hult D'Or Award from Paris. Hatchett teaches classes throughout the country at national dance conventions but calls New York City home.Nancy Myers Gitlin has been a student of Frank Hatchett's for over 30 years. She graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a BFA in dance and has taught at Broadway Dance Center, the Boston Conservatory of Music, Johnson County Community College, and numerous dance studios.Gitlin has developed college dance curriculums and is currently on the dance faculty at Lake Michigan College. She is also dance/fitness coordinator at the YMCA Family Center in St. Joseph, Michigan, where she resides with her husband and two children.


"I've been studying with Frank for almost 20 years. If you can't take a class with the man himself, this book is the next best thing."
Tamara Tunie
Actor, singer, and dancer
Acted in Snake Eyes, The Devil's Advocate, The Peacemaker, and played Jessica Griffin in the CBS daytime drama As the World Turns for eight years
"A long overdue book from Frank! Excellent!"
Joe Tremaine
President, Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions
"Frank did it again. He is the master of VOPand now the first book about contemporary jazz dance. He has helped so many young students in the art of today's dance, and now this magic book will inform all of the dance public. Way to go, Frank5, 6, 7, 8, VOP!"
Gus Giordano, BA
Founder/director of Gus Giordano Dancer Center
Recipient of the Third Annual Katherine Dunham Award
"Frank Hatchett's life in the dance world is one of love and passion for art. By knowing the roots of art, or in this case one man's art, it gives us a true understanding of the art that Frank shares with dancers, actors, singers, models, and people from all walks of life. It is an honor to watch Frank Hatchett teach a class, and it makes me proud to know he is teaching not only dance, but also the need for positive reinforcement. Bravo to Mr. Hatchett."
Chet Walker
Director of 8 & Ah 1 Musical Theatre Dance Company
Original creator of the Broadway show Fosse
"I love this bookit's honest. This book helps me to develop an I can do it, too mentality by sharing the keys to Frank's success. Frank Hatchett's Jazz Dance shows that having heart is very important for longevity whether you're a dancer, teacher, or choreographer."
Performer, Choreographer, Educator
Co-Owner and artistic director of Step One Dance and Fitness
United States National Aerobics champion

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