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BOB FOSSE. Background information . Born on June 23, 1927 in Chicago Father: Cyril Mother: Sara Alice Stanton Fosse was the fifth of six children. Early life. Born into a star-struck family fosse started dancing at age 9

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background information
Background information
  • Born on June 23, 1927 in Chicago
  • Father: Cyril
  • Mother: Sara Alice Stanton
  • Fosse was the fifth of six children
early life
Early life
  • Born into a star-struck family fosse started dancing at age 9
  • He began studying dance at a small neighborhood institution but soon moved on to the Frederick Weaver Ballet School In 1940 he formed a night-club team with Charles Gross called the Riff Brothers and began choreographing for amateur productions
  • Joined the navy after high school serving his country in an entertainment unit.
big breakthrough
Big breakthrough
  • After serving he returned home working as a performer, with his wife and fellow dancer Mary Allen Niles choreographing all of their dances
  • Started appearing on Broadway and in film. (Never experienced great success in the movies, he returned to his roots)
  • After meeting his second wife, dancer Joan McCracken in 1950 Fosse began studying acting and dancing at the American Theater Wing
  • Spotted by a talent scout for MGM in 1952, Fosse headed to Hollywood to become a musical star. He made his debut as a Broadway dancer and established himself as a professional choreographer with the musical The Pajama Game
  • His breakthrough moment as a choreographer came in 1954 when he was given a chance to work on The Pajama Game
achievements
Achievements
  • Awards
  • SantJordi Award
  • National Board of Review
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards
  • Directors Guild of America
  • David di Donatello Award
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • BodilAward
  • Blue Ribbon Award
  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • American Choreography Award
  • BAFTA Awards
  • Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Golden Globes
  • Academy Awards
  • Musicals
  • The Pajama Game
  • Redhead
  • Big deal
  • Little Me
  • Sweet Charity
  • Chicago
  • Pippin
  • Dancin\'
  • Cabaret
  • Damn Yankees
  • New Girl in Town
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Lenny
  • All That Jazz
  • Star 80
  • Fosse
characterisics of fosse s style
CHARACTERISICS OF FOSSE’S STYLE
  • Fosse hardly fit the dance ideal so he focused more on rhythm and style to make up for what he lacked physically
  • His choreography is said to be highly stylized, and sexual
  • In most of his choreographed sequences, you will see him or his protégés wearing a hat, gloves, and net stockings, vests and black pants
  • Finger snapping, turned in knees and toes, shoulder rolls, hip rolls and isolations
the end of his career
The end of his career
  • His non-stop work schedule and smoking, drinking, and drugs eventually caught up to him in the form of heart trouble in 1970
  • In 1979 he created the film All That Jazz
  • Despite cutting back on some of his well-known addictions Fosse died in 1987 from a heart attack at the age of 60
  • He brought a sexual style to jazz and a new look
quotes
QUOTES
  • “Live like you\'ll die tomorrow, work like you don\'t need the money, and dance like nobody\'s watching”
  • “Don\'t dance for the audience; dance for yourself”
  • “I thank God that I wasn\'t born perfect”
bibliography
BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • Youtube.com/fossedances
  • Bio.com/bobfosse
  • Officialboardwaymusic.org
  • Borgraphy.com/bobfosse
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