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Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse is a choreographer, dancer and director best known for Tony Award-winning musicals including Chicago and Cabaret.

In 1977, Fosse had a small role in the romantic comedy Thieves. Notable distinctions of Fosse's style included the use of turned-in knees, the famous "Fosse Amoeba," sideways shuffling, rolled shoulders, and jazz hands. With Astaire as an influence, he used props such as bowler hats, canes and chairs.

By his early teens, Fosse was dancing professionally in local nightclubs. It was here that he was first exposed to the themes of vaudeville and burlesque performance. The first few parts that Fosse landed were as part of a Broadway chorus. In 1953 he appeared briefly in the MGM movie musical Kiss Me Kate (1953).

His work attracted the attention of Broadway director George Abbott and choreographer Jerome Robbins. Fosse's signature style, which incorporated complex moves and imagery drawn from vaudeville, was instantly popular. Fosse won Tony Awards for direction and choreography. He also won an Emmy for his staging of the television variety show Liza with a Z (1972).

Lindy Hop evolved in the early 1930s. It is a dance of African American origin characterized by a high degree of physical vigor. Balboa, also known as "Bal" is an eight-count dance that's done in closed position. The earliest form of the dance (often called "Pure Balboa") evolved in the mostly conservative dance halls of southern California where space was limited and strict codes of conduct were enforced.Collegiate Shag (or "Shag") is done primarily to uptempo swing and sometimes pre-swing jazz music (185-200+ beats per minute). It is believed that the dance originated in the Carolinas in the 1920s, later spreading across the United States during the 1930s.

Director-choreographer Bob Fosse forever changed the way audiences around the world viewed dance on the stage and in the film industry in the late 20th century. Visionary, intense, and unbelievably driven, Fosse was an artist whose work was always provocative, entertaining, and quite unlike anything ever before seen.

His subsequent musicals included Sweet Charity, Cabaret and Pippin. The 1972 film version of Cabaret (1972) won eight Academy Awards. Fosse won Tony Awards for direction and choreography for his work on Pippin: His Life and Times (1981). He also won an Emmy for his staging of the television variety show Liza with a Z (1972). Bob Fosse also wrote the musical, Chicago.

Bob Fosse suffered from heart problems throughout his career, eventually dying of a heart attack.





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