The Verdon Fosse Legacy mourns the loss of dancer and choreographer, Louis Johnson. Johnson performed with the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and in both the stage and screen versions of Bob Fosse’s “Damn Yankees.” RIP Louis.
“Most renowned for his choreography in the timeless film, The Wiz, Johnson was one of the first African Americans to appear in a Broadway ensemble. Having been featured and learning from some of the dance greats, including Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, Johnson began creating his own art in the 1950s. In addition to commissioning some of his most notable works for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, he also received a Tony Award nomination for his choreography in the 1970 musical Purlie.” – Broadway Black