Oct 21

Broadway Choreographers: The Evolution of Dance in Musical Theater (6 Week Course)

Debra Dickinson

Dance has always been an integral part of the Broadway musical, but has drastically changed in both style and function throughout the last century. This course will discuss how dance has evolved in Musical Theater by examining the lives and works of Broadway’s greatest choreographers. Each class will focus on particular choreographers and their contributions to this evolution.

Six Week Schedule:
October 21 | Agnes de Mille: A Revolution in Dance
Agnes de Mille, using ballet and modern dance, elevates Broadway choreography to an “art” in the Dream Ballet. Jack Cole invents modern jazz dance by drawing techniques from a myriad of cultures.
Video clips include: Oklahoma, Carousel, Kismet, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

October 28 | Jerome Robbins: Dance as Drama
Jerome Robbins innovates how dance is used in storytelling by making it the most important element to communicate plot and character.
Video clips include: West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and The King and I.

November 4 | Gower Champion and Michael Kidd: Showstoppers
Gower Champion and Michael Kidd are equally at home in the movies and on Broadway. Their athletic, high energy styles galvanized hit show after hit show.
Video clips include 42nd Street, Hello Dolly, and Guys and Dolls.

November 11 | Bob Fosse: The Power of Style
Bob Fosse develops his own unique and influential style by working with his wife, Gwen Verdon, using dance as a metaphor for “show business”.
Video clips include Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, Pippin, and Chicago.

November 18 | Michael Bennett: A New Path
Michael Bennett glorifies the lives of Broadway chorus dancers and forever changes the way Broadway shows are produced.
Video clips include Promises, Promises, A Chorus Line, and Dreamgirls.

December 2 | Houston’s own Tommy Tune: Carrying on the Tradition
Tommy Tune and director/choreographer Susan Stroman stop the show with their humor, imaginations and the clever use of props.
Video clips include Grand Hotel, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Producers, and Crazy For You.

This class will be held onsite at WIH.



Class Tuition

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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.