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Gwen Verdon
In 1956, Gwen Verdon won the Tony Award for "Best Actress in a Musical" for her portrayal of Lola in Damn Yankees and Bob Fosse received a Tony for "Best Choreography" for the same show

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Robert "Bob" Fosse Was Born
June 23, 1927

During his almost 50-year career as a performer, writer, and director, he created some of this country's most popular musical theater and films. When you see a music video or a musical do you know who created the dance moves? Whoever it is probably learned a little from Bob Fosse's original style.

By the time he was 13, Fosse had his own professional dance act. In addition to dance, he also studied theater, and by 21, he was performing in road companies and then on Broadway. Hip-hop, disco, and funk all borrow elements of Fosse's style. The next time you watch a music video, check out the dance steps. Try to imagine which ones were borrowed from Fosse's choreography.

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