The Bob Fosse Master Class Series is back at Broadway Dance Center, and we cannot wait to get our jazz on! The Verdon Fosse Legacy will be at BDC every Sunday in February. These three-hour intensive master classes (for ages 16+) focus on Bob Fosse’s signature style, and dancers will get to learn actual repertoire from veteran Fosse dancers and Legacy-sanctioned reconstructeurs.
Here’s the line-up for the month ahead!
First off, Verdon Fosse Legacy protégé Michael McArthur will be teaching “Steam Heat” from the film, The Pajama Game. Bring your flat jazz shoes and knee pads for this iconic Chaplin-esque piece. Don’t worry, BDC will provide the bowler hats! (February 3, 1:30-4:30pm)
For the next two weekends, BDC is thrilled to welcome back Valarie Pettiford, who worked with Fosse in Big Deal and Dancin’ and scored a Tony nomination for her performance in Fosse. Val will be teaching two pieces from the original 1975 production of Chicago: “Razzle Dazzle” and “They Both Reached for the Gun.” (February 10, 1:30-4:30pm; and February 17, 12-3pm)
BDC welcomes another out-of-town guest for the final February Fosse class — Jane Lanier. Lanier performed in the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity and starred with Pettiford in Fosse. Visiting NYC from her professorship at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Lanier will be teaching the legendary “Rich Man’s Frug” from Sweet Charity. (February 24, 1:30-4:30pm)
The mission of The Verdon Fosse Legacy is to promote, preserve and protect the artistic and intellectual property of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. To learn more about The Verdon Fosse Legacy, visit www.verdonfosse.com. And to sign up for one of the upcoming Fosse Master Classes at BDC, head to www.broadwaydancecenter.com/master-class/fosse-master-classes-at-bdc.
By Mary Callahan of Dance Informa.