Fosse Style / Edition 1

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Overview

With his early training as a performer earned in the storied halls of late-vaudeville, Bob Fosse formed the heart of his work as a choreographer with allusions to and inspiration from the artists and performances of that earlier age. What makes Fosse's body of work exceptional in American dance is his daring use of techniques and movements not only from other dance forms and traditions but his gimlet-eyed attention to the clarity of shapes moving through space.

Along with careful attention to the work of the dancer, Fosse built his innovative productions with a similar concern for costumes and lighting so that his became a carefully focused world, selecting and isolating elements for an audience's attention as dancers isolate their hips or shoulders in executing his technique.

When most people think of Bob Fosse, the immediate images are bowler hats and white gloves. To dancers and their teachers, there is far more to comprehend in this technique than has-until now-been demonstrated or taught in a book. According to Ben Vereen, one of Fosse's great dancers, "This book is an example and expression of the intricate moves of the Fosse technique".

Debra McWaters knows well the lineage in which this book is placed, with seventeen years of close work with Ann Reinking on Broadway shows and their touring companies, her work as an assistant to Gwen Verdon on Fosse, and as the choreographer for Ben Vereen. These three bright lights in the Fosse cosmos-Reinking, Verdon, and Vereen-are among the direct inheritors of Fosse's way of dancing, choreographing, and teaching.

With hundreds of photographs and verbal imagery passed on by Fosse himself, The Fosse Style provides facts about one ofAmerica's greatest choreographer's signature movements. Dancers and fans of Fosse's popular and award-winning shows-Cabaret, Chicago, The Pajama Game and many more-will find this book an illuminating addition to their collections.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813031538
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 805,877
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra McWaters is a choreographer who has assisted with the choreography in such Broadway productions as Chicago and Fosse and was the director/choreographer on the international company of Fosse. As the artistic director of the Broadway Theatre Project at the University of South Florida, she is often called upon to teach Fosse workshops across the country.
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Table of Contents

Foreword   Ben Vereen     ix
Prologue   Mindy Aloff     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     1
Hands     3
Arms     21
Shoulders     46
Hips and Derriere     49
Legs and Feet     53
Walks     57
Body Positions     82
Steps     88
Facial Expression     161
Group Movement     163
The Dancer as Actor     167
Choreography by Debra McWaters in the Fosse Style     178
Index     223
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