We couldn’t get enough of the limited series, “Fosse/Verdon,” which aired on FX this past spring and scored an impressive 17 Emmy nominations and 4 awards including Outstanding Lead Actress (Michelle Williams), Outstanding Hair Design, Outstanding Makeup (non-prosthetic), and Outstanding Music Direction for a Limited Series. The television show, starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in the title roles, explored the longtime relationship of director-choreographer, Bob Fosse, and dancer-actress, Gwen Verdon. Together, their joint careers lit up both Broadway and Hollywood in shows like Chicago and Sweet Charity and films including “Cabaret” and “All That Jazz.” The series was raw, real, and heavy on the drama. But most of all, it got us itching to dance that incredible Fosse choreography!
Broadway Dance Center is honored to continue hosting The Verdon Fosse Legacy with the Fosse Master Class Series. Nicole Fosse founded the Legacy to promote, protect, and preserve the artistic and intellectual property of her legendary parents, Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. One of the primary ways the Legacy works to achieve this goal is by passing on the choreography to younger generations of dancers through master classes. Legacy-sanctioned reconstructeurs (who either had the great opportunity to work with Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon or are hand-picked protégés of the Legacy) lead these master classes, imparting the original intention and integrity of the dances along with the iconic style and steps. “This work that we’re doing is so important,” explains reconstructeur, Dana Moore, who performed in such shows as Dancin’, Fosse, and the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity. “To be able to share it is precious.” Recent Fosse teachers here at BDC have included Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, Gary Flannery, Pamela Sousa, Cady Huffman, Stephanie Pope, Jane Lanier, Shannon Lewis, and Michael McArthur.
BDC’s 3-hour Fosse Master Classes offer a condensed but deep dive into both the work and work ethic that so defined what it meant to be a “Fosse dancer.” These classes are recommended for intermediate/advanced dancers over the age of 16. Students will learn choreography from both stage and screen in an intensive, encouraging environment. “The joy these dancers have in their eyes is the same joy I had actually working with Bob,” says reconstructeur, Valarie Pettiford (Dancin’, Big Deal, Fosse).