Bob Fosse (1927–1987)

Bob Fosse (1927–1987) was a successful Broadway choreographer who developed his own signature style through the use of small body isolations while moving the torso in an undulating manner. His often quirky movement was accentuated by the use of turned-in leg positions and sometimes employed the use of a hat. He choreographed such musicals as Damn Yankees (1958), Sweet Charity (1969), Pippin (1972), and Cabaret (1972). The musical Chicago, which was choreographed in 1975, was not a hit when it was first presented. However, it’s revival in the 1990s and 2000s has been tremendously successful. One of his Broadway reviews, Dancin’ (1978), solidified Fosse’s style as an innovative jazz technique.

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