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Bob Fosse and Dance from From Broadway: "Fosse"
Grades: 9-12
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Choreographer and director Bob Fosse was the only person ever to win a Tony, an Oscar, and an Emmy award in the same year -- 1973. In this lesson, students will collect information about Fosse, read reviews of his work, and write their own review after watching one of his films. Students will also explore the impact Fosse had on modern dance by viewing and comparing Fosse dances to current music videos.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES:


1. Students will analyze reviews to determine the elements that comprise a review.

2. Students will evaluate a performance and write a review.

3. Students will examine and explain the influence of Fosse's choreography on modern dance moves.


Materials:
A copy of GREAT PERFORMANCES' FROM BROADWAY: FOSSE program and VHS tapes of as many of the following movies as possible:
  • ALL THAT JAZZ
  • CABARET
  • PIPPIN
  • SWEET CHARITY
(Note to Teachers: These films should be screened before students view them since some do contain adult content. THE PAJAMA GAME and THE LITTLE PRINCE, both choreographed by Bob Fosse but not directed by him, can be substituted for any films deemed inappropriate for the classroom environment.)

Bookmark the following sites:

http://www.freep.com/fun/arts/qbob2.htm
http://www.nodanw.com/biographies/bob_fosse.htm
http://www.who2.com/bobfosse.html
http://www.culturefinder.com/artsresources/theater/cfguide/allstar/musical?id=4349
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/pages/jb_0623_fosse_1.html
http://www.grovemusic.com


STANDARDS:

The Arts

Dance Standards
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Standard.asp?SubjectID=10
Understands dance as a way to create and communicate meaning. Understands dance in various cultures and historical periods.

http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=10&StandardID=2
Identifies choreographic principles, processes, and structures used in dance.

Language Arts
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Standard.asp?SubjectID=7
Writing: Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing.
Viewing: Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
Listening and Speaking: Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.

Working with Others
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=22&StandardID=1
Contributes to the overall effort of a group.


 
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