Michelle Williams as Gwen Verdon and Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse. Photo by Pari Dukovic, Courtesy FX

How Many Iconic Fosse Numbers Can You Spot in the "Fosse/Verdon" Trailer?

To say that we're excited about "Fosse/Verdon" might be understating things a bit. The new limited series charting the romantic and creative partnership of Bob Fosse (played by Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams) was announced last summer. And, with Bob and Gwen's daughter Nicole Fosse on board as co-executive producer and creative consultant, alongside most of the Hamilton dream team (with Andy Blankenbuehler on choreography), we've had high hopes for its verisimilitude.


FX finally released the first official trailer for the show today, and it was definitely worth the wait. It's packed with rehearsals and performances, press calls and private moments—not to mention heaps of drama and dancing. We won't even try to name all of the iconic numbers referenced in the two-minute trailer, but Fosse's idiosyncratic movement style is threaded throughout. ("Slouch. I don't think I've ever heard that word from a choreographer before," Verdon observes wryly.)

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AMDA students learn how to present their best selves on camera. Photo by Trae Patton, Courtesy AMDA

AMDA's 4 Tips for Acing Your Next Audition

Ah, audition day. The flurry of new choreography, the long lines of dancers, the wait for callbacks. It's an environment dancers know well, but it can also come with great stress. Learning how to be best prepared for the big day is often the key to staying calm and performing to your fullest potential (and then some).

This concept is the throughline of the curriculum at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where dance students spend all four years honing their audition skills.

"You're always auditioning," says Santana Trujillo, AMDA's dance outreach manager and a graduate of its BFA program. On campus in Los Angeles and New York City, students have access to dozens of audition opportunities every semester.

For advice on how dancers can put their best foot forward at professional auditions, Dance Magazine recently spoke with Trujillo, as well as AMDA faculty members Michelle Elkin and Genevieve Carson. Catch the whole conversation below, and read on for highlights.

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July 2021