In its ninth year of showcasing local dancers and choreographers, Jazz Dance L.A. offered a marketplace of steps Sunday at Cal State L.A.
Performed by about 90 volunteer dancers -- most of them freelancers not affiliated with any performing company -- 11 short pieces and one video tribute to dancer-choreographer-teacher Joe Tremaine reflected the vitality and artistic potential of the Southland's jazz, rock and commercial dance scene.
However, most of the pieces stayed in the shadow of the opening segment, Claude Thompson and Keny Long's "Killer Joe," partly because this powerhouse male octet gave the Luckman Theatre audience its first look at dynamic structural ploys that would be reiterated throughout the afternoon.
But its most indelible achievement was the dimension and detail of the dancing.
Where other groups simply flapped their limbs on cue, the "Killer Joe" cast produced arm movement from deep within the back and leg action just as deeply from the pelvis, projecting everything to the next galaxy.