Fosse at LA’s EDGE Performing Arts Center

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 theverdonfosselegacyllc@gmail.com.

2018 Career Transition for Dancers Gala

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.

Talent Unlimited High School

Valarie Pettiford (BIG DEAL, DANCIN’, FOSSE) taught a master class at Talent Unlimited High School in New York City.  A group of students at the public performing arts school got the opportunity to learn signature Fosse steps and style.  The class culminated in a Q&A with Valarie.

E-mail theverdonfosselegayllc@gmail.com to inquire about setting up a Fosse master class at your studio, school, or university.

Bob Fosse Master Class Series featured on PIX11

The Verdon Fosse Legacy keeps the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon alive for a new generation of dancers

NEW YORK—She is one of the best to grace a Broadway stage.

And his choreography may be the most recognizable in theater history.

Together, their impact is immeasurable.

It’s why Nicole Fosse has made it her mission to make sure her parents’ work is kept alive, and preserved exactly how it was taught.

“Over the last few decades, the Fosse work that has been out in the world, it’s morphed over time and it’s lost its multifacetedness, People were putting on Bowler hats, doing jazz hands and thrusting their pelvis forward and I said, that’s not my father’s choreography,” Nicole Fosse said.

As artistic director, she’s brought in reconstructeurs who worked closely with her parents to work with a new generation of dancers.

“I come from the ballet world and so I was utilizing that format of how it’s passed on from generation to generation. It’s a whole work ethic, it’s the stories of how it was created, why it was created,” Fosse added.

It’s that repetition, fixing it, little details, living it, practicing it. That’s what takes you to the level of being the Fosse dancer. And I’m so grateful that I get to pass that on in some way,” reconstructeur Dana Moore explained.

Something that’s not lost on these aspiring artists.

“You’re not gonna get hands on training like this anywhere else. Where we spend three to four hours a day working on one piece, dissecting it, to the point where you’re doing everything exactly as it’s intended.” one dancer said.

“Bye Bye Blackbird” with Steps on Broadway’s Summer Theatre Dance Intensive

Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstructeur, Lloyd Culbreath, set “Bye, Bye Blackbird” on the dancers of Steps on Broadway’s first ever Summer Theatre Dance Intensive.   The piece, originally from “Liza with a Z,” was performed at the contemporary dance showcase in Bryant Park and at the students’ final concert at Steps.

“The program had many international students,” said Culbreath. “It was exciting to bring Mr. Fosse’s work to young people from around the globe.”

https://youtu.be/xVQ3mO1uWbI

 

Lucas Segovia brings “Percussion 4” to Argentina

Lucas Segovia (Joffrey Ballet, An American in Paris) trained extensively with Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstructeur, Lloyd Culbreath, on “Percussion 4,” an incredibly technical and athletic ballet solo from DANCIN’.  “It’s not often that you run across a talented ballet dancer who has such a feel for jazz and theatre dance,” remarked Culbreath. Segovia performed the solo at a number of benefit performances in Argentina.

“Take Off (to Amsterdam) with Us”

Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstructeur, Lloyd Culbreath, recently traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands to work with students at the Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts.  Lloyd set “Take Off with Us” from the film, “All That Jazz.”

Of the experience, Culbreath noted, “What a pleasure it was to work with such multi-talented students in such an artistically stimulating environment.”

This was The Verdon Fosse Legacy’s 5th time working with students from Lucia Marthas.

photo: Sjoerd Derine

To organize a Fosse choreographic reconstruction or master class at your school or studio, contact theverdonfosselegacyllc@gmail.com

“Lola” at Bay Street Theater gala

Sarah Bowden performed “Whatever Lola Wants” for Bay Street Theater’s 27th Annual Summer Gala earlier this summer. James Kinney (FOSSE) and Alex Nordin reconstructed the iconic piece with additional coaching provided by Nicole Fosse.

photo: Barry Gordin

Fosse/Verdon miniseries coming to FOX

FOX television recently released that an untitled Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon miniseries is in the works.  Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams are set to star in the leading roles and the creative team is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (producer), Tommy Kail (director), Steven Levenson (book), and Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer).

“Based on Fosse, the biography written by Sam Wasson, the limited series tells the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. (you can watch one of their classic dance numbers under the post.) Together they changed the face of American entertainment – at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art” (Nelly Andreeva for Deadline).

Nicole Fosse, artistic director of The Verdon Fosse Legacy and co-producer of this upcoming project, remarked, “My mother and father have one of the greatest love stories ever known.  They were extremely complex people with an indestructible bond, loyalty, and trust that endured both fantasy and reality. Finally, we have a creative team with the talent and wisdom to tell the story.”