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December 19, 2011
The Life of Bob Fosse

The legendary Bob Fosse began dancing at a very young age. He began at burlesque shows and watching strippers at the strip clubs nearby. He always saw himself living a life of dance and fame, so he moved to New York where his career took off. He went from choreographing small parts, so having his own Broadway shows and movies. The different stages in his life led him to some many ups and downs, but that did not stop him from creating more masterpieces. Bob Fosse won multiple awards for his movies and plays, and it is all in thanks to hardships that helped him create the Bob Fosse dance style. Not many people could be said to have transformed the history of musical theater. The impact that Fosse had on the industry can still be felt today. Bob Fosse formed his career and dance style from his life. While Fosse had a very particular style, it would not have grown into what it is now if it weren’t for the ups and downs of his life. Because Fosse was born into a vaudevillian family, naturally he was meant to be in the show business. He used his dancing growing up, not to only for fun, but to gain attention from friends and family. From there he moved on to bigger and better things, such as choreographing at the young age of 13 and then first choreographing for a movie at the age of 26. The physical limitations that he had related him more with the eccentric dancers of the 1930’s and 40’s.Once he became popular in the business, Fosse started experimenting with drugs and practicing promiscuity. During this time, his style went from a more high energy dance, to a sexier, burlesque style. Once this style blew up, Fosse was on a roll, creating plays and even winning awards for his work. Fosse’s interest in dance influenced all of his work, and he used that interest to become involved in every aspect of stage and film production. In this research, one will learn how Fosse’s recognizable dance style came to be. Bob Fosse was...
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