Block Buster Day at Fosse Master Class Series 2013

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All this week the Fosse Master Class Series is taking on learning The Frug from Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity at Manhattan Movement and Art….Today the morning session was graced with Fosse veterans Carolyn Kirsch and Penny Worth sitting in on the class.  Just next door Donna McKecknie, Baayork Lee, and Margo Sappington were filming their signature number from Promises Promises…Turkey Lurky Time.  All three ladies stopped by class for a quick run through of what Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford had taught the “Fosse Kids” so far.  Just another day of Broadway legends…..OMG!!!!!

Chita Tribute for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS……OFF THE CHAIN 2013

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I am still reeling from the shear force of talent known as Chita Rivera ..Tonight was one of those nights in theater that are too far and few between….Chita’s tribute to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was OFF THE CHAIN YA”LL…So great to be with Valarie PettifordDana MooreMary Callahan, and Roumel Reaux representing The Verdon Fosse Estate …..loved sitting next to Andrea Burns while watching my West Side Story buddies Robert Montano, Ramon Del Barrio, and Richard Amaro, and Fosse Master Class teacher Lloyd Culbreath back up Chita….oh yes I’m dropping names…saw John Sefakis, Harvey Evans, Jim Caruso,Kevin Spirtas, Charles Scatamocchia, divalish Carol Schuberg, Jerry McIntyre….and ….Fosse Master Class participants Gabriela Garcia of R.Evolucion Latina, Olivia Bowman Jackson, and Abdur-Rahim Jackson.

In the words of Dana Moore..”it was such a magnificent, once in a lifetime, spirit lifting event!”

Steve Jones, Fosse Master Class Series, Assistant to Nicole Fosse

Great highlights video of the evening below.  At the 1:58 mark Chita pays tribute to Gwen Verdon while singing “Nowadays” from the Broadway musical Chicago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PuZdn5rqQk

 

Fosse Master Class Series…..October 2013

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Location: Manhattan Movement and Art  248 West 60th Street NY NY 

Dates: October 21 – 25

Times:  Mon Wed Fri 10:30am – 12:30pm    Tues Thur 11:30am – 1:30pm

Cost: $120 cash

Taught by:  Fosse veterans Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford

Take this unique opportunity to gain access into a concentrated class of Fosse style, vocabulary and technique.

Please email sejtex@live.com to reserve a space in October’s class

Amanda Black: Inside Perspective……The Fosse Master Class Series

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” Amanda is a dancer from London who moved to New York to improve as a theater performer. She came here to learn how to dance properly in heels, how to tell the entire story with the roll of a hip and to be as good a dancer as she always wanted to be. Blogging has become her tool for reflection, ideas, growth and questions in everything from how she feels when dancing to long term strategic goal setting.”

 

“Here, she chronicles her second encounter with original Fosse repertoire and The Fosse Master Class Series.”       ………see link below
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Thank You – April Master Class 2013

IMG_0049A huge thank you to these incredibly talented and hard-working dancers who were filmed this afternoon for our archival footage.  Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford taught four numbers: “Crunchy Granola Suite,” “Gary Owen,” “Boom Cha,” and “Sing! Sing! Sing!”  We were also visited by Mark Hummel (Broadway Music Director and Arranger) and Fosse legend, Louise Quick.

Keep checking the Verdon Fosse Estate Facebook page for updates on our next series of master classes scheduled for the end of May/beginning of June!