Bob Fosse “All That Jazz” film dance scenes, 1979

Tonight there will be an All That Jazz screening as part of the Dance on Camera Film Festival 2015 at Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater: 165 West 65th Street. Running approximately 123 minutes, 1979 wide release.

eight dance scenes, original All THAT JAZZ film lobby cards.

“Bye Bye Life” Choreographer Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider)

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January Master Class starts 2015 off with a BANG!

Our first master class kicked off the new year with great dancing and great energy.  Hinton Battle and Ann Reinking led the classes and were assisted by Lloyd Culbreath, Valarie Pettiford, and Dana Moore.  The Verdon Fosse Legacy would like to thank all of the talented dancers who joined us this past week.  We hope you will come dance with us next month (the week of February 16th) for another exciting reconstruction of Bob Fosse’s choreography.  To join our e-mail blast contact theverdonfosselegacyllc@gmail.com.

Ann Reinking (with Valarie Pettiford, Hinton Battle, Gary Chryst, Lloyd Culbreath, and Dana Moore) teaches "Trumpet Solo" from DANCIN'

Ann Reinking (with Valarie Pettiford, Hinton Battle, Gary Chryst, Lloyd Culbreath, and Dana Moore) teaches “Trumpet Solo” from DANCIN’

Hinton Battle (with Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, and Gary Chryst) teaches "Percussion 4" from DANCIN'

Hinton Battle (with Valarie Pettiford, Lloyd Culbreath, and Gary Chryst) teaches “Percussion 4″ from DANCIN’

Mid-Week Update: January Master Class

It’s the middle of a very exciting week here with The Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC.  Both our men’s and women’s classes are learning two of Bob Fosse’s most technically difficult and musically driven solos—”Percussion 4″ and “Trumpet Solo,” respectively—with the guidance of Hinton Battle and Ann Reinking.

Yesterday morning began with a ballet warm-up led by Nicole Fosse herself.  In the boy’s class, Gary Chryst (who also danced “Percussion 4″ in DANCIN’) joined in on the reconstruction process, helping remember subtle nuances to the choreography.  And more special guests (such as Bebe Neuwirth and Eileen Casey) came to observe the afternoon session.

We’ve got two more days of DANCIN’ left this week, so stay tuned for more photos and recaps.  Also be sure to follow us on social media for even more updates and exclusive photos.

Ann Reinking (Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, and Valarie Pettiford) teach the beginning of "Trumpet Solo"

Ann Reinking (Dana Moore, Lloyd Culbreath, and Valarie Pettiford) teach the beginning of “Trumpet Solo”

Gary Chryst joins Hinton Battle for "Percussion 4" port de bras

Gary Chryst joins Hinton Battle for “Percussion 4″ port de bras

Gwen Verdon “New Girl In Town” broadside, 1957

“Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Bob Fosse”
NewGirlInTownDetail image of original theater broadside or handout flyer for the 1957 Broadway production New Girl in Town presenting Gwen Verdon and Thelma Ritter with top billing.  New Girl in Town was a new musical produced by Harold Prince located at the “Shubert Theatre” with book by George Abbot having praised “Dances and Musical Numbers Staged by Bob Fosse.” Continue reading

Bob Fosse “Sweet Charity” Choreographer Tony Award, 1966

Overview image of Bob Fosse’s fifth bestowed nickel patina Tony Award medallion reading: “The American Theatre Wing presents to Bob Fosse, Choreographer For Distinguished Achievement in Theatre, “Sweet Charity”, 1965-66.”

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“Big Spender” Fan-Dango Ballroom Girls, 1966

 Good looking, so refined.

BigSpender Brian Cummings colorFeaturing the ten original Sweet Charity girls of the Fan-Dango Ballroom where Charity Hope Valentine works a taxi dancer in the Times Square theater district of New York City. Dancers pictured in colorful full stage costume during celebrated musical number “Big Spender” from Act I, Scene 3 with Helene Gallagher, Thelma Oliver and the Fan-Dango girls. Continue reading

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gwen Verdon! “The Garden of Eden” 1954

Today celebrate with us the birthday of one of America’s brightest stars, Gwen Verdon born January 13, 1925.

Age 28 Gwen Verdon as Claudine in Can Can

Pictured in full costume in Gwen Verdon during her Tony award winning "Can Can" Broadway musical role as Eve in the "Garden of Eden" ballet, music and lyrics by Cole Porter with choreography by Michael Kidd.Pictured in full Eve costume is Gwen Verdon during her notorious Act One Tony Award winning Can Can Broadway performance as saucy laundress Claudine in “The Garden of Eden” ballet, music and lyrics by Cole Porter with choreography by Michael Kidd. Continue reading

Ann Reinking and Hinton Battle set to teach January 2015 Master Class!

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015-all-that-jazz-theredlistTony and Olivier Award-winning dancer and choreographer, Ann Reinking appeared on Broadway in Coco, Wild and Wonderful, Over Here! (Theatre World Award), Goodtime Charley, A Chorus Line, and Tommy Tune Tonite!. Her credits for Mr. Fosse include Pippin, Chicago, DANCIN’, and Sweet Charity. She also starred in feature films such as Annie, Micki + Maude, and Fosse’s All That Jazz. Ms. Reinking later revived Chicago in 1996, recently celebrated as the longest running American musical. In 1998 Ms. Reinking co-created, co-directed, co-choreographed, and starred in the musical revue, Fosse. Aside from performing, Ms. Reinking has served as choreographer for Broadway, concerts, and TV, founded the professional training program: the Broadway Theater Project, and advocated for the National Marfan Foundation.

Three-time Tony Award-winner, Hinton Battle made his Broadway debut at age fifteen starring in the role of the Scarecrow in The Wiz. He went on to perform in many other Broadway shows like Sophisticated Ladies, Ragtime, Dreamgirls, The Tap Dance Kid, Miss Saigon, Chicago, and Fosse’s DANCIN’ and tour of Sweet Charity. Mr. Battle’s on-screen credits include dancing for The Kennedy Center’s 25th Anniversary, choreographing and starring as Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson in ABC/Disney’s Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, playing the role of Wayne opposite Jamie Foxx in the movie musical Dreamgirls, and working as associate choreographer on the 65th and 66th Annual Academy Awards with Debbie Allen, just to name a few. He has directed and choreographed for stage, TV, and film, and recently returned from sold-out performances of Hinton Battle’s American Variety Bang II and will return to Japan in 2015 to launch the Hinton Battle Dance Academy and to write, direct, choreograph, and star in his third American Varity Bang.

Eileen Casey, Carolyn Kirsch, and Penny Worth honored at 2014 DO40 Legacy Awards

The Verdon Fosse Legacy, LLC would like to congratulate the honorees of the 2014 Dancers over 40 Legacy Awards—especially former Fosse dancers: Eileen Casey, Carolyn Kirsch, and Penny Worth. Dancer over 40 is a non-profit organization with a mission to celebrate and preserve the lives and legacies of dancers. In the annual Legacy Awards, DO40 President John Sefakis states, “We choose to honor our own, and in doing so, we honor each other and our profession.”

Congratulations to all five Legacy Award honorees and thank you, Dancers over 40, for recognizing their involvement and influence in the dance community.

(from left to right) Paul Berne, Carolyn Kirsch, Jerry Mitchell, Eileen Casey, and Penny Worth)

(from left to right) Paul Berne, Carolyn Kirsch, Jerry Mitchell, Eileen Casey, and Penny Worth)

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November Master Class Got It!

It is with sore necks and happy hearts that we ended our November master class last Friday. Lloyd Culbreath and Valarie Pettiford taught Fosse’s iconic “I Gotcha” trio from the Emmy Award-winning “Liza with a Z.”

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