A Novel by Cody L. Stanford

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“Everything Old is New Again” from All That Jazz

During his stay with Aunt Lola, Tajo mentions that he and his aunt choreograph their own dance routines, which reminds Tajo of this scene from one of his (and my) favorite movies.  All That Jazz is an autobiographical movie by legendary Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse. Roy Scheider plays Joe Gideon, a thinly veiled version of Fosse himself. Gritty, sexy, profane, and filled with all sorts of things that help the movie earn it’s hard-R rating, All That Jazz showcases Fosse’s work at its absolute finest. In this scene, which was inserted into the film after the producers complained that the storyline was becoming too depressing, Ann Reinking (Fosse’s onetime girlfriend who essentially is playing herself in the movie) and Erzsébet Földi (playing Joe’s daughter Michelle) present their own dance routine to the Peter Allen song, “Everything Old is New Again.” This sequence is anything but depressing; the dance was actually choreographed by Reinking and Földi.

If you’re really interested in Bob Fosse’s work, here’s a collection of videos showcasing several of his best numbers. The selections start with a couple of clips from All That Jazz, and, yes, they open with the—*ahem*—rather grown-up choreography of “Take Off With Us.” I assume you won’t watch that if you’re not old enough for it, okay?  :3

“Cool” from West Side Story

“Cool” is one of the finest examples of the energetic choreography of Jerome Robbins and is one of my favorite sequences from the film, West Side Story. Robbins co-directed the film (he created the choreography for the show’s original Broadway run) and rehearsed the dancers through all of the numbers before filming began. He was a perfectionist and, as filming began, shot take after take of each scene, causing the shoot to begin running over budget and behind schedule very early in the production. Robbins was soon barred from the set and the film was finished by co-director Robert Wise. But clearly Robbins’ influence can be seen in every step the dancers make.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot was originally a movie that was turned into a musical by Elton John. It’s the story of a boy who pursues his dream of being a dancer despite fierce opposition from his family and community. Tajo saw the musical on Broadway and immediately decided he wanted to be a dancer, too. Here’s a terrific number from the stage production.