The origin of jazz dance can be traced to African ritual and celebratory dances from around the seventeenth century. From the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, the transatlantic slave trade brought ten million enslaved Africans to the Americas, and which then the style of jazz expanded. It was often mixed in with jazz music and the culture of jazz. An example of how it affects a participant's health is myself. Jazz dance has affected me because it helps me workout while I am having fun, and works different muscles in your body all at once, and helps keep your memory sharp since you have to remember choreography and know the timing of different steps.