University of Nebraska-Lincoln


The Dance Division in the School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, offers a BA degree in Dance which provides students with comprehensive training in ballet and modern dance. The program of study is a balanced and integrated curriculum, which combines dance with a strong liberal studies core. Students learn the cultural, theatrical, and performing aspects of dance, and are encouraged to explore and develop their personal creativity. This year, dance majors performed Broadway Lights, Fosse Nights, featuring works by Bob Fosse and other musical theatre choreography, presented through the very generous support from the National College Choreography Initiative (NEA and Dance/USA), The Cooper Foundation and the Nebraska Arts Council.

As a choreographer Fosse changed the course of Broadway musicals with his distinctively slinky, sexy style of dancing. Then he developed into a multimedia triple threat: in 1973 he won an Academy Award for directing the movie Cabaret (which also won a best actress Oscar for Liza Minelli) three Emmy awards for directing, producing and choreographing Minelli's TV special Liza With a Z, and two Tony Awards for directing and choreographing the Broadway show Pippin. That feat is, so far, unmatched. Fosse's other hit Broadway shows included Sweet Charity (1965), Chicago (1975) and Dancin' (1978). Fosse was married three times, most famously to his dance partner Gwen Verdon and was also famous for his extramarital womanizing and freewheeling lifestyle. He told his own story in the semi-autobiographical movie All That Jazz (1979). A 1998 revue, Fosse, collected his most famous dance works into one show.
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