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.
Exciting news, West Coast—The Bob Fosse Master Class Series is coming to LA! Come dance with us at EDGE Performing Arts Center November 10-11 with Legacy-sanctioned reconstructeur, Valarie Pettiford.
from left: Mary MacLeod, Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, Cady Huffman, Kathryn Doby
- Fosse Love
The Verdon Fosse Estate and American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) have joined forces to reconstruct the Act One finale number “Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar” from the 1986 Bob Fosse musical Big Deal.
Career long assistant and noted authority on Bob Fosse, Kathryn Doby was brought in from California along with original cast members Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, Cady Huffman, Roumel Reaux and Candace Tovar to help reconstruct the intricate dance that will be performed at an invited guest only showing on November 14, 2012. Fosse dancer Mary MacLeod was invited to attend the reconstruction and help run the auditions for dancers hired to perform the number.
Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford and Kathryn Doby have the task of teaching the number to the 14 dancers that will perform the piece at The November 14th showing.
Nikki Feirt Atkins, founder and executive director of ADM21 related, “The reconstruction of this work exemplifies our “living mission”, which is to honor the true intent and nuanced details of the original choreographer. It has been a thrilling experience to witness the original cast members gather in the studio with their notes, memories and joy of Fosse to reconstruct this magnificent piece.
Nicole Fosse, Director and Artistic Adviser of the Verdon Fosse Estate, said, “It is so exciting to be in the studio and watch a new generation of dancers have the opportunity to learn this number from the true and authentic Fosse perspective and work ethic that Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford bring with them. Kathryn Doby overseeing the re-construction adds the clarity and specificity that so few people have of my father’s work. There has been no other project since my father’s death that has been this true to his original intent.