Fosse Master Classes Open to The Public 2013

Fosse Master Class Open To The Public
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One week of intense Master Classes taught by Fosse veterans Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford.

Manhattan Movement Arts Center 248 West 60th Street New York, NY 10023

April 29, 30, May 1,2 & 3

10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. each day

The cost is $150

 

Take this unique opportunity to gain access into a concentrated class of Fosse style, vocabulary and technique.  


To sign up, send a formal request to:   sejtex@live.com  

Class is limited to 50 students.

Members of March Master Class 2013

Nearly seventy talented dancers attended our March master class at the Manhattan Movement Arts Center.  Students learned three Fosse trios that were originally choreographed as a gift for his wife, Gwen Verdon, after she gave birth to their daughter, Nicole.

Besides the amazing instruction by Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, and Nicole Fosse, a few other special guests popped into the studio this week: Fosse veterans, Pamela Sousa and Dana Moore, and acclaimed Broadway producer, Barry Weissler.

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Thank you to the hard-working dancers who were filmed for our archival footage (pictured above).

Check back for an update on our next master class which will be held during the last week of April!

Fosse Master Classes: Take 2

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Christopher R. Kirby, Elizabeth Parkinson and Desmond Richardson in “Cool Hand Luke” from the 1968 Bob Hope Special

Veteran Fosse dancers, Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford, are heading back into the studio for the second set of Fosse workshops.  After the success of the first Master Class in February, Culbreath and Pettiford are excited to restage some of Fosse’s lesser-known works on the younger generation of dancers.

The Master Class will be held at New York City’s Manhattan Movement Arts Center on March 18-21, 2013.  50 invited professional dancers will learn three trios of Bob Fosse choreography that were created specifically for Gwen Verdon: “Mexican Breakfast,” “Tijuana Shuffle,” and “Cool Hand Luke.”

In her interview with broadwayworld.com, Pettiford noted, “We’re trying to find those gems that people haven’t seen in a while.  We want to sort of rediscover and connect with those works…for preservation because there is no archival of those shows.  We want to keep those amazing works alive for future generations.”

Broadway World Interviews Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford

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Broadway World sat down with Broadway veterans, Lloyd Culbreath (DANCIN;’ BIG DEAL; SOPHISTICATED LADIES; THE TAP DANCE KID; HONKY TONK NIGHTS; ANYTHING GOES; GUYS AND DOLLS; CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER’S LIFE; NO STRINGS, Encores; HOUSE OF FLOWERS, Encores; CARNIVAL, Encores; PROMISES, PROMISES, Encores; MAN OF LA MANCHA, Asst. Choreo.; ON THE TOWN, Asst. Choreo.) and Valarie Pettiford (TV/Film actress; CHICAGO, as Velma, London with Chita Rivera; SHOW BOAT Revival Tour, Julie; 30th Anniversary Tour of WEST SIDE STORY, Anita; SOPHISTICATED LADIES; GRIND; BIG DEAL; FOSSE, Tony Nominee), to discuss their efforts to preserve Bob Fosse’s legendary choreography for the next generation of dancers.  The pair held an exclusive Fosse Workshop in early February and invited fifty professional dancers to learn the signature style and articulation of Fosse choreography.  Nicole Fosse, the Director and Artistic Advisor for the Verdon Fosse Estate, remarked, “I want this current generation of working dancers to get the best possible people teaching them my father’s material.  There are so many false impressions out there of what my father’s style and technique is…By using Estate sanctioned teachers, I feel a new generation of dancers will have a much cleaner understanding of performing Fosse material.” Continue reading