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Jazz DanceA History of the Roots and Branches$
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Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049298

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049298.001.0001

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Bob Fosse’s Jazz Revolution

Bob Fosse’s Jazz Revolution

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Jazz Dance

Cheryl Mrozowski

University Press of Florida

Bob Fosse was Broadway’s top director-choreographer in the 1960s and 70s. His signature style included a forward thrust of the hips, hunched shoulders, gloved hands, and turned-in feet. Fosse’s brilliance was apparent in his ability to move smoothly from a scene’s end to a dance number; he heightened the emotions at the end of the scene so the dancing and singing would not clash. Fosse was formally trained as a tap dancer, had no background in ballet or modern dance, and possessed a limited facility. He adjusted each dancer’s movements so they reflected his own dance strengths and limitations rather than those of the individual dancer. Some of his shows and movies include Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Liza with a Z, and Chicago. His work was highly acclaimed for its innovation; Cabaret won eight Academy Awards, and that same year he won a Tony for Best Choreographer on Broadway for Pippin, as well as an Emmy for Liza with a Z.

Keywords:   Academy Award, Best Choreographer, Bob Fosse, Broadway, Director-choreographer, Cabaret, Chicago, Liza with a Z, Pippin, Sweet Charity, Tony Award

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