“Everything old is new again!” – Dancers revive Fosse piece that hasn’t been seen in 56 years

Last week a group of Fosse students reconstructed “Streets of Laredo,” a five-part, eight-minute comedic ballet satirizing the rough, yet romantic American West: cowboys, saloon girls, hoedowns, bar fights, and, of course, a happy ending where the good guy comes out on top (quite the contrast to many of Fosse’s later more realistic works such as Sweet Charity and “All That Jazz”).

“Streets of Laredo” premiered on a TV special back in 1958 entitled “The Wonderful World of Entertainment.” The hour-long special—all choreographed by Bob Fosse—took audiences through the evolution of entertainment in American culture.

Even if you’re a huge Fosse fan, you’ve probably never heard of “Streets of Laredo.” That’s because the piece doesn’t exist on YouTube or other internet archives. The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC-sanctioned instructors Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, Dana Moore, and Lynn Sterling (along with assistants Marissa Calabrese and Mary Callahan) spent hours and hours at New York City’s Paley Center for Media watching, re-watching, and annotating all of the choreography.

Thank you to all of the talented and dedicated dancers who helped us as part of a “skeleton crew” to reconstruct this marvelous piece!

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Stay tuned for the next series of Fosse master classes to be announced this fall!

Happy Birthday Bob Fosse!

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June Fosse Master Classes Had Everyone Sing Sing Singing…..

 

It was another amazing week of dancing as both our master classes tackled “Sing! Sing! Sing!” from Bob Fosse’s Dancin’.  Dancin’ opened on Broadway in 1978 as a musical revue—a celebration of emotion and movement.  With numbers including “Sing! Sing! Sing!” “Crunchy Granola Suite,” and “I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man,” it’s no surprise Bob Fosse scored the Tony for Best Choreography.

While “Sing! Sing! Sing!” is quite the marathon of a dance, we were able to reconstruct this syncopated and stylized piece with lots of help from a few guest teachers from Dancin’: Linda Haberman (OBCand Bebe Neuwirth.

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The morning session of the June Fosse Master Class (with Dana Moore, Valarie Pettiford, Lynn Sterling, and Lloyd Culbreath)

 

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The afternoon session of the June Fosse Master Class (with Linda Haberman, Bebe Neuwirth, Dana Moore, Valarie Pettiford, Lynn Sterling, and Lloyd Culbreath)

 

Watch “Sing! Sing! Sing!” from Fosse’s Dancin’ perform for the 1978 Tony Awards.  And stay tuned for more master classes coming soon!

 

 

May Master Class was One Big Brass Band!!

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The May Fosse Master Class was jumping with excitement with the visits of Bebe Neuwirth and Donna McKechnie helping to coach class attendees in the finer nuances of Fosse style.  Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore assisted by Lynn Sterling, taught several sections of Brass Band while Ms Neuwirth and Ms Mckechnie fine-tuned the class.  Mimi Quillin also stopped in to pay forward her knowledge of Fosse technique.

First LA Fosse Master Class A Success

LA Fosse Workshop 2-7-14Kathryn Doby (Assistant Choreographer to Bob Fosse; Broadway: Sweet Charity, Pippin, Chicago,  DANCIN’ Film: Sweet Charity, Cabaret, All That Jazz) assisted by Sandahl Bergman (Pippin, DANCIN’, All That Jazz) taught the first LA Fosse Master Class Feb 3 – 7 at the Debbie Reynolds Studio.  Kathryn started out with teaching Fosse vocabulary that would later be addressed in several sections of signature Fosse dance numbers.

The week was best summed up by participant Tia Robinson on a blog she writes…….

A Love Rekindled

 

 

First Master Class of the Year Was “Sublime”

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Candy Brown, Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, Dana Moore, and Lynn Sterling lead the morning session of the first Fosse Master Class of the year….”Black Bird” from Liza with a Z

 

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Candy Brown, Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, Dana Moore, Lynn Sterling and “Special Guest Star” Cady Huffman lead the afternoon session of the first Fosse Master Class of the year….”Black Bird” and “Son of a Preacher Man” from Liza with a Z

December Fosse Master Class Ends the 2013 Series…….

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Room is still left for the December Fosse Master Class………..

Dates: December 2 – 6

Time: Mon Wed Fri 10:30 – 12:30     Tues Thurs 11:30 – 1:30

Place:  Manhattan Movement and Art    248 West 60th Street NYC

Cost: $120 CASH

Teachers: Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford

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