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The Verdon Fosse Legacy keeps the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon alive for a new generation of dancers

NEW YORK—She is one of the best to grace a Broadway stage.

And his choreography may be the most recognizable in theater history.

Together, their impact is immeasurable.

It’s why Nicole Fosse has made it her mission to make sure her parents’ work is kept alive, and preserved exactly how it was taught.

“Over the last few decades, the Fosse work that has been out in the world, it’s morphed over time and it’s lost its multifacetedness, People were putting on Bowler hats, doing jazz hands and thrusting their pelvis forward and I said, that’s not my father’s choreography,” Nicole Fosse said.

As artistic director, she’s brought in reconstructeurs who worked closely with her parents to work with a new generation of dancers.

“I come from the ballet world and so I was utilizing that format of how it’s passed on from generation to generation. It’s a whole work ethic, it’s the stories of how it was created, why it was created,” Fosse added.

It’s that repetition, fixing it, little details, living it, practicing it. That’s what takes you to the level of being the Fosse dancer. And I’m so grateful that I get to pass that on in some way,” reconstructeur Dana Moore explained.

Something that’s not lost on these aspiring artists.

“You’re not gonna get hands on training like this anywhere else. Where we spend three to four hours a day working on one piece, dissecting it, to the point where you’re doing everything exactly as it’s intended.” one dancer said.

Mimi in Milan, Fosse Master Class in Italy, 2017

Last month Mimi Quillin visited Milan, Italy and was welcomed to teach at the Centro Danzaricerca.  The studio, owned and operated by Agnese Riccatelli, was founded over thirty years ago and their students are currently in the finals of “Italy’s Got Talent.”  Mimi taught the Bob Fosse’s iconic “Rich Man’s Frug” from SWEET CHARITY, for which she served as dance captain and assistant to Bob and Gwen for the 1986 Broadway revival.

Mimi and Centro Danzaricerca owner, Agnese Riccatelli

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