The Verdon Fosse® Legacy is partnering with Broadway Dance Center for the inaugural Online Global Fosse® Festival, Sunday, March 14- Friday, March 19. This six-day Zoom series–targeting multiple time zones–enables everybody (dance professionals, performers, students, Broadway lovers, dance aficionados, and Fosse® fans alike) from around the world to come together and learn Bob Fosse’s signature stylized choreography from some of the most sought after Legacy-sanctioned reconstructors.
On Monday, March 15 at 9:00 p.m., Lainie Sakakura, the only Asian American Verdon Fosse Legacy Reconstructeur, will be teaching Trumpet Solo from Sing, Sing, Sing with her demonstrator, Georgina Pazcoguin, the first female Asian American NYC Ballet Soloist. Students in Asian countries can participate in the class on Tuesday, March 16 at 10:00a.m./11:00 a.m. Click here to register for Session 1.
Check out the clip of the Broadway production of FOSSE, featuring Lainie Sakakura performing Trumpet Solo in Sing, Sing, Sing, with Glenn Drewes on trumpet and Perry Cavari on drums.
Register for a single two-day session or up to all three sessions (six days total), as the teachers, repertoire, and Q & A guests will be unique each day. Learn, dance, and engage with the incredible performers who worked directly with Verdon and Fosse.
Each four-hour session will include:
- Welcome from Founder/Artistic Director of The Verdon Fosse® Legacy, Nicole Fosse.
- A dynamic warm-up focusing on isolations and basic ballet/jazz technique
- Two unique master classes where everyone will hear stories of Fosse® dancers while learning authentic Fosse® repertoire from both stage and screen
- Live Q&A with very special Verdon/Fosse® guests
- #FosseFriday — On the final day of the Festival (Friday, March 19), everyone from the entire week can join back on Zoom to perform an excerpt of Fosse® choreography together with fellow participants from all over the world.
Session 1: March 14-15, 2021
Session 2: March 16-17, 2021
Session 3: March 18-19, 2021
Click here to register.
*All classes are livestreamed via Zoom and are in Eastern Time/NY. Faculty subject to change.
Lainie Sakakura, recipient of the 2015 Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography and 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Choreography. As a Broadway performer, she performed exclusively in original casts: Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Flower Drum Song (revival),Tommy Tune’s The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, The King And I (1996 and 2015 revivals), and Fosse (dance reconstruction & onstage dance captain). Other NYC performing credits: Ballet Hispanico, Metropolitan Opera, City Center Encores! 1994 Sakakura became the second Asian NYC Radio City Rockette following Setsuko Maruhashi, the first Rockette of color hired in 1985.
Sakakura is a NYC based writer, director, choreographer, teaching artist, advocate for cultural diversity, inclusion, and education. Co-founder of Rockettes of Color Alumnae, co-conceived and wrote BCEFA’s Red Bucket Follies Opening Number at the New Amsterdam Theater celebrating Flower Drum Song’s 60th Anniversary & Asian Americans on Broadway. Currently developing Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a musical adaptation of New York Times Best Seller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
32 years teaching experience including NYU, Pace University, ABT, Joffrey, Jacobs Pillow, Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, Dance Theatre Arts (owner/dir), Verdon Fosse Legacy Reconstructeur, and Gwen Verdon approved Fosse teacher at the original Broadway Dance Center in the 1990’s. LainieSakakura.com
Georgina Pazcoguin, “The Rogue Ballerina,” is a soloist with New York City Ballet. She was most recently featured on the FX 2019 limited series, Fosse/Verdon. She was also featured in the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, which won the Audience Award at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Georgina is a two-time Chita Rivera Award nominee for outstanding dancer in 2017. Pazcoguin’s many NYCB credits include Anita in West Side Story. Her extensive repertory of George Balanchine works include lead roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3. Her American Dance Machine for the 21st Century credits include Cassie in A Chorus Line, Jerome Robbins’ Mr. Monotony, and Margo Sappington’s Oh! Calcutta! pas de deux. Broadway credits include Ivy in 2014 Revival of On The Town and originating the role of Victoria (the White Cat) in the 2016 revival of Cats on Broadway choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler.
Georgina is co-founder—with Phil Chan—of Final Bow for Yellowface, raising awareness and promoting inclusivity through sincere representation of all ethnicities in the performing arts, and author of Swan Dive The Making of a Rogue Ballerina, 2021. GeorginaPazcoguin.com