Bob Fosse “Balletic-Dance Terms with English Pronunciations and Identifications” 1949

A ballet dance terminology instructional book written by Margaret Oloff belonging to American Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award winning choreographer Bob Fosse.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB FOSSE!

Celebrate today with us the birth of an American dance theatre and film performance icon

Robert Louis “Bob” Fosse born June 23, 1927

Pictured below are six a never before seen personally kept photographs from the Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC archives featuring Bob Fosse’s childhood from age 6 to about 14 years. Shown growing-up in Chicago, including early stage and dance eduction training.

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Grade school snapshot photograph of “Bobbie Fosse” having “age 6 yrs” longhand penciled verso. According to sister Marianne Fosse, their mother seemed to remember this photo was taken the day her husband went to receive his Crossing Guard or school Safety Monitor belt, directing pedestrians. Slight folds, small edge tears, and surface wear or scratches present, measuring 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches overall. Continue reading

FOSSE heads to Holland! Valarie Pettiford teaches LMIPA students in Amsterdam

This month our very own Valarie Pettiford (Big Deal, DANCIN’, Fosse) traveled to Amsterdam to teach at the Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts. LMIPA is a university-like program that offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Intermediate Degrees, and preliminary courses in the performing arts: acting, singing, and dancing.

Earlier this year, Sigrid van Coillie visited New York with some of her LMIPA students and took a “Sing! Sing! Sing!” master class with Valarie. “Even in that first class,” Val remembers, “the students knew all about Bob and were familiar with his technique and style. They were overjoyed to have me really ‘work’ them!” says Valarie. After such a great experience, Sigrid invited Val to teach about twenty of LMIPA’s 4th year students for their graduation performance concert.

Valarie taught a medley of “Crunchy Granola Suite” (DANCIN’), “Dancin’ Man” (DANCIN’), and “I Gotcha” (“Liza with a Z”). “The number was only allotted a certain number of minutes,” Val explains, “so I was forced to cut down some of the choreography—which pains me to do. But the [Verdon Fosse] Estate granted me the liberty to abridge some of the numbers and also add more dancers to the piece.”

“This was a great experience for me, as well,” notes Val. “I liken it to when I was the dance captain for Big Deal. It’s a lot of responsibility to know everyone’s counts and movements and positions on stage. I had the time of my life teaching these incredible students. They were so willing and present. This experience reminded me why I’m in showbiz, why I love to teach, and why I’m so honored to pass on the torch of Fosse choreography.”

“It’s actually no surprise to me that Fosse is so popular abroad,” admits Val. “Fosse choreography is magical both to watch and to dance! The man was fierce and there was no one like him. Performing that work changes you as a human. It excites you and touches your core. Everybody ‘gets’ it and can relate to it for some reason. Fosse was a force to be reckoned with and I think that’s why he remains so popular all over the world.”

Thank you to Lucia Marthas, Sigrid Van Coillie, James Van Der Velden, Rich Ascroft, Jessica Schots, Roemjana, Steve Jones, Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, Nicole Fosse, and everyone else who made this possible.


10845983_10205769206483827_6421366582678102530_n 11390399_10205774885905809_4023365023966680190_nIf you are interested in having a Verdon Fosse Estate-sanctioned teacher come to your dance school or college, please e-mail theverdonfosselegacyllc@gmail.com.

Happy 81st Birthday Shirley MacLaine! Charity Hope Valentine “Sweet Charity” film, 1968

Today we send heartfelt happy birthday wishes to Sweet Charity taxi dancer star and Academy Award winning film actress friend Shirley MacLaine born April 24, 1934.

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Bob Fosse Dancin’ national tour press photograph, 1980

Bob Fosse’s Tony award winning musical revue Dancin’ national tour original black and white news print press proof photograph. With verso publication date red ink blind stamped “DEC 24 1980″ having corresponding newspaper clipping affixed reading:

By Robert Alan Ross, St. Petersburg Times Critic

The show has no plot, message or consistent characters. Even so, Dancin’ delivers what its title promises. As one players says in his first-act greeting, it’s “dancing, some singing, and a lot more dancing.”

Strong, attractive and well-rehearsed, the national touring company of Dancin’ opening a six day local visit Tuesday night at the Bayfront theater, pleasing a capacity audience with Bob Fosse’s carnival of musical motion.”

A COLLECTION of routines that earned a Tony for director/choreographer Fosse in 1978, Danicn’ steps through a dozen styles in its three acts. But there’s an obvious reason for the apostrophe in the title.”DancinLine1980FBcv

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Bob Fosse dance shoes “La Ray Footwear” a closer look

American Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award winning choreographer Bob Fosse’s personal dance shoes. Being a pair of black suede leather dance lace-up shoes, having round toe with well-worn soles.  Each inner sole has seller monogram stamp reading “La Ray Footwear / 107 W 46th St / New York City,” no size label present. The left shoe inner side has “Bob” longhand written in black ink with other numbers faintly marked. Showing apparent signs of significant wear or use, soiled having numerous stains. Measuring approximately 10 1/4 inches in length.

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Happy Birthday Michael York! “Cabaret” film lobby cards, 1972

Today we send happy birthday wishes to star Cabaret actor Michael York born March 27, 1942. British writer Brian Roberts was Michael York’s title character role in Bob Fosse’s 1973 eight time Academy Award winning musical film Cabaret. The film is set in 1931 Berlin and the Kit Kat Klub where Liza Minnelli is entertainer Sally Bowles and Joel Grey plays the Emcee.

Pictured below are five promotional printed Cabaret (United Artists, 1972) movie theater display lobby cards featuring Michael York with his co-stars Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, each measuring 11 x 14 inches overall.

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