Fosse Verdon Fellowship

The Bob Fosse Gwen Verdon Fellowship, a permanent scholarship for a deserving student, was established for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in October 2003.

The fellowship to the professional division of The Ailey School was established after a major gift from Nicole Fosse, the daughter of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. At the time, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Judith Jamison said in a statement:

“It is an honor to be able to pay tribute to Mr. Fosse and Ms. Verdon, two influential figures in the world of dance. This generous gift will celebrate their extraordinary legacies and their commitment to opening doors for performing artists of the future.”

Ailey School Director at that time Denise Jefferson added:

“The Fosse-Verdon Scholarship will have a lasting impact on generations of talented and hardworking students — giving our youth the opportunity to receive a world-class education in our new center for dance.”

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