The mission of The Verdon Fosse Legacy is to promote, preserve, and protect the artistic and intellectual property of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. We are excited to announce the inaugural VFL Protégé Program, an invited educational and experiential training for the next generation of teachers and reconstructeurs of Bob Fosse’s choreography.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy would like to welcome Michael McArthur to our newly realized Protégé Program. Michael has been studying, performing, and assisting various teachers at the Verdon Fosse Legacy for several years. He has vast experience working in film and on stage in many disciplines in dance including modern, ballet, and jazz, and has served both as a swing and dance captain. Michael also spent 10 years with the Radio City Rockettes under the direction of Bob Fosse dancer, Linda Haberman.
Happy Fourth of July! Since many Americans will celebrate this holiday with a picnic in the park, here’s a fun clip of Bob Fosse’s “Once-A-Year Day” from the 1957 film version of “The Pajama Game.”
In a Dance Magazine article (1957), Carol Haney described the “Once-A-Year Day” choreography—both the choreography of the movement and of the camera: “For a scene like the big “Once-A-Year Day” number—the picnic dance which we did on location in a park—Bob Fosse re-choreographed his original dance completely to involve more people and all the space you can cover with a camera. And Stanley Donen, who knows about dance, photographed it in wonderful travelling shots that captured all of the dynamism of the movements and at the same time provided enough air around the performers to make their movements significant. You see, you just can’t set up your camera and photograph a dance…You have to know just where to place it, which angle will make it exciting and alive.”