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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


  • 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

  • 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

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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


  • “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”