“Fosse on Film” Master Classes @ BDC

The Verdon Fosse Legacy, LLC is back with a series of “Fosse on Film”-inspired master classes at Broadway Dance Center in which students will learn iconic Fosse rep under the direction of Fosse veterans. Don’t miss your chance to train in one of Broadway’s most acclaimed techniques!

For Advanced Dancers
Ages 16+
All classes are on Sundays from 6-9pm 

pre-register here
Students must register and pay for each class separately
There are no exchanges or refunds for this class

July 10th, 6-9pm
“Son of a Preacher Man” from “Liza with a Z”
with Valarie Pettiford

July 24th, 6-9pm
“There’ll Be Some Changes Made” from “All That Jazz”
with Dana Moore

August 7th, 6-9pm
“Two Lost Souls” from “Damn Yankees”
with Lloyd Culbreath

August 14th, 6-9pm
“Steam Heat” from “The Pajama Game”
with Dana Moore

August 21st, 6-9pm
“Once-A-Year Day” from “The Pajama Game”
with Lloyd Culbreath

For additional information or questions, please email BDCWorkshops@bwydance.com or call the registration office at 212-582-9304 x24

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 4.14.50 PMValarie Pettiford, a Drama League, Outer Critics, and TONY nominee for Fosse, can currently be seen recurring on two hit TV series, The Blacklist on NBC, and the new hit Comedy Born Again Virgin on TV one.

Valarie’s Broadway highlights include:  Sophisticated LadiesBig Deal; the first National tour of Dancin’; the 30th anniversary tour of West Side Story, as Anita; and the revival tour of Show Boat, as Julie. She is an NAACP Winner for best actress in the LA production of Michael John La Chuisa’s The Wild Party as Queenie.

Valarie’s TV credits include: 4 seasons and 3 NAACP image nominations as Big Dee Dee on the hit TV series Half and Half. She can be seen as Aunt Geneva in the hit movie Jumping The Broom, and guest starring on BlackishTrue Blood,  TremeCriminal Minds, and CSI, just to name a few.

Valarie is a Bistro winner for the Cabaret Debut at the Metropolitan Room. She can be seen touring with her sold-out one women show around the country. She has 2 CD’s available on ITunes, and for the last 3 years she has been hired by The Verdon/Fosse Legacy to reconstruct Fosse’s choreography through Master classes.

moore_danaDana Moore is a veteran of the Broadway stage. she was last seen on Broadway in Not Guilty (Hunyak) in chicago. Dana was also featured in Fosse (now on DVD), which chronicled Bob Fosse’s work from stage, film and television.

Dana’s other Broadway credits include: A Chorus LineSweet Charity, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’On Your ToesThe Will Rogers FolliesHow To Succeed […], Singin’ in the Rain, Dangerous GamesSugar Babies and Copperfield. 

Dana has toured with Chicago and Falsettos and appeared in the following films: The Producers: the Movie Musical and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You. Dana is a Musical Theater faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College and conducts master classes in cities across the USA. Internationally, Dana has worked as teacher and choreographer for the International Dance Intensive in Cyprus, Badar Dance Institue in Oslo, Tapage Dance Company in Toulouse, and the Jazz Musical Theatre Program at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts. Dana is also a founding company member of Chet Walker’s Walker Dance Company.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 4.15.22 PMLloyd Culbreath, a veteran Fosse dancer, has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. Currently, he is lead instructor for the Fosse Master Class Series sanctioned by the Verdon Fosse Estate. Lloyd’s Broadway credits include DANCIN’, Sophisticated Ladies, The Tap Dance Kid, Big Deal, National Tour of Sweet Charity, Honky Tonk Nights, Guys and Dolls, On The Town (Assistant Choreographer), Man of La Mancha (Assistant Choreographer), National Tour of Chicago (Dance Captain) and Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.



Happy Birthday, Bob Fosse!

scan0458Robert Louis Fosse was born on this day (June 23rd), 1927. Growing up in Chicago, young Bob Fosse was obsessed with Fred Astaire, the king of Hollywood’s Golden Age of movie musicals. As a boy Fosse would watch his famous films and try to imitate not only Astaire’s tapping feet, but also his debonair style and enchanting charm. At age twenty-five, Fosse landed his own contract with Hollywood’s MGM studios as a dancer in movies such as Kiss Me, Kate, Give A Girl A Break, and The Affairs of Dobie Gillis. One day Fred Astaire bumped into Fosse while on the MGM set. Astaire politely introduced himself and, before walking away, casually kicked a nail that was lying on the ground, causing it to ricochet in an intricate pattern that simply mesmerized Fosse. After Astaire left, Fosse recovered that nail and worked for hours to reenact its choreography—with the same ease and grace of Astaire.

But Bob Fosse certainly didn’t always stand in the shadows of Fred Astaire; he went on to revolutionize American theatre dance. His blend of awesome sensuality, clever humor, cinematic insight, popular references, and a hint of cynicism made musical theatre contemporary, consumable, and controversial. Fosse was one of the greatest dance visionaries of the 20th century. He directed and choreographed over twenty-three films and Broadway musicals and won four Oscars and eight Tony Awards (more than any other choreographer). Additionally, Fosse is the only person ever to have won the “Triple Crown:” a Tony for Pippin, an Oscar for Cabaret, and an Emmy for Liza Minnelli’s television concert, Liza with a ‘Z’—all in 1973.

Today, the signature style of bowler hats, turned-in toes, and stooped shoulders is universally recognized simply as “Fosse.” His innovative, internalized, character-driven style helped define a new vernacular in the art of American Musical Theatre, making “Fosse” a renowned genre of dance all its own. Bob Fosse’s legacy lives on onstage in musicals such as Chicago and Sweet Charity, in pop culture references and inspiration, and through Fosse Master Classes produced by The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC.


Inspirational heavyweight champ, Muhammad Ali

Legendary heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, died Friday at the age of 74.  Bob Fosse was inspired by the brute athleticism and regal artistry of boxing, and he and Gwen attended many of Ali’s big fights together—in a tux and gown, no less!  Below is a clip of “The Heavyweight” from the film of “Sweet Charity.”  Notice the boxing influences, sounds, movements, and metaphors so masterfully choreographed into the piece.


American Dance Machine performs “Rich Man’s Frug” from SWEET CHARITY

The Heavyweight

Perhaps, also, Fosse was inspired by Ali’s work ethic, wisdom, and dedication to his craft; “A man who is not courageous enough to take risks will never accomplish anything in life.”—Muhammad Ali