The definitive guide to the style, substance, nuance, and imagery of Bob Fosse's work
"The Fosse Style is a MUST HAVE for every dance teacher, choreographer, dance studio, and student of dance."--Victoria Regan
"To have worked with Bob Fosse is to have had your hand directly on the pulse of life. . . . This book is an example and expression of the intricate moves of the Fosse technique."--from the Foreword by Ben Vereen
Even people with the barest interest in Broadway can recognize the unique, angular, sensual style of Bob Fosse. With its small gestures and isolated movements, it is frequently copied--and often misinterpreted.
For there is far more to it than bowler hats and white gloves, which is why choreographer Debra McWaters has put together the ultimate visual and verbal guide to Fosse's way of dancing, choreographing, and teaching.
Using hundreds of photographs, as well as descriptions from Fosse himself, McWaters guides dancers and teachers through the process of understanding the intricacies of this style of jazz dance. An assistant to Gwen Verdon on Fosse, a long-time associate of Ann Reinking, and personal choreographer for Ben Vereen, McWaters is uniquely situated to write this book.
The Fosse Style provides facts, not guesswork, about how to execute Fosse's signature movements, information handed down from an illustrious list of artists and performers. It closes with a sample dance featuring Fosse's signature moves. No dancer or fan of such shows as The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees!, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Pippin, or Chicago can afford to be without this book.
Debra McWaters is the artistic director of the Broadway Theatre Project at the University of South Florida.
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" Well presented and copiously illsutrated. A useful reference book."
" McWaters' precise and thorough analysis of Bob Fosse's accomplishments as a choreographer have an authentic feel, allowing the student of dance to replicate the steps with some accuracy."
--Book News Inc.
" A well-explained and terrifically illustrated how-to guide for the execution of Bob Fosse's signature movement vocabulary. This book will keep you occupied for a long time, as Fosse's steps are generally not easy to do and McWaters takes you through a whole lot of them. So if you feel that your Fosse technique is not all it should be, I suggest you grab a copy of this book and get to work."
" Beginning with individual movements such as "soft-boiled-egg hands" and "broken doll arms" McWaters expains the intricacies of hand, arm, shoulder and hip isolations before progressing to group movement, locomotor steps and the nuances of facial expressions essential to the work."