Fosse developed a vision all his own, influenced by everything from can-can dancing to burlesque and vaudeville shows.
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Razzle Dazzle Man
Bob Fosse is born in Chicago, Illinois
From the hip roll to the finger snap to the perfectly angled hat—these are just some of the signature moves of the unmistakable “Fosse look.”
Jazz choreographer Bob Fosse invented so many moves that are now essential in modern dance that the casual observer may not even be aware of how widespread his influence continues to be. He broke new ground with dances that were demanding, entertaining, and provocative—often by creating one sharp, simple isolated movement. He honed his style in musicals like The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, and Pippin and saw his creativity peak in the musical Chicago and the autobiographical film All That Jazz.
The second film Bob Fosse directed, 1972’s Cabaret, won eight Academy Awards® including Best Director.