Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstructeur, Valarie Pettiford, taught a master class in her home city of Los Angeles this past weekend. The class at EDGE Performing Arts Center brought a tremendous turnout of talented and hard-working dancers. Valarie taught a section from “Dancin’ Dan (Me and My Shadows),” a trio of which she originated (and served as dance captain) in Bob Fosse’s final Broadway show, BIG DEAL.
We look forward to teaching more classes on the West Coast in the near future! If you are interested in hosting a Fosse Master Class at a college, dance studio, or performing arts company near you, shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Actors Fund/Career Transition for Dancers Gala took place on October 31st at the New York Mariott Marquis. Funds raised by this gala provide vital services to the professional dance community including career counselling; scholarships; health insurance guidance, counselling and enrollment support; housing services; case management and so much more. The gala, hosted by Bebe Neuwirth, honored Baayork Lee, Jerry Mitchell, John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, and Carmen de Lavallade.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy was invited to perform again for this year’s event. Lloyd Culbreath and Marissa Calabrese reconstructed Bob Fosse’s “Mexican Breakfast” on Alexa de Barr, Jessica Lee Goldyn, and Cajai Fellows Johnson. The groovy trio, which originally starred Gwen Verdon, was performed on The Ed Sullivan Show (1969).
Cajai Fellows Johnson, Jessica Lee Goldyn, and Alexa de Barr
Nicole Fosse and Bebe Neuwirth
To learn more about The Actors Fund/Career Transition for Dancers, visit www.actorsfund.org.