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Fosse veteran Diana Laurenson has had the privilege of working closely under the direction of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in FIVE companies of Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, and on the Broadway and National productions of Big Deal and Sweet Charity. Alongside Ms. Linda Smith and coached by Bob, Gwen and Chris Chadman, Diane mounted the 2nd National Tour of Dancin’, after which she recreated a stellar production of Sweet Charity starring Donna McKechnie for CA Musical Theatre. She has also created full productions of West Side Story for the Westbury Music Fair and North Carolina Theatres. Other Broadway performance credits include Gypsy with Tyne Daly & Linda Lavin, plus the TV Movie starring Bette Midler (Asst Choreographer), Dangerous Games, and The Little Prince with Michael York. She was the featured Lead Frug Dancer in the star-studded concert version of Sweet Charity at Lincoln Center, starring Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Donna McKechnie and Debbie Allen.
Entertaining audiences worldwide in International, National & Regional productions of West Side Story (Anybodys), Anything Goes (Virtue), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), A Chorus Line (Val/Kristine), and Chicago (Liz), she was a featured player in Chet Walker’s original Dance Company “8 and ah 1”, performing at Jacob’s Pillow and venues throughout NYC. Numerous TV, Film and Business Theatre credits include Law & Order, HBO Specials, Age of Innocence, Ghostbusters, The Kennedy Center Honors, Miss America Pageant, The Royal Variety Show, West End Theatre Awards and Milliken Breakfast Show, also working with noted Directors/ Choreographers such as Graciela Daniele, Scott Ellis, Jerry Adler, Ona White, Jerry Zaks, Billy Wilson, Wayne Cilento, Barry McNabb and Scott Salmon.
As an IATSE stagehand, Diane was A...read more
Class begins with a set modern/jazz warm-up, touching on the styles of Horton, Limon, Luigi, Fosse, Cole-and focuses on the combination of isolations, basic ballet and jazz technique and presentation. Diana encourages all her students to acquire a foundation in beginner to intermediate ballet so they might fully enjoy her class, and to come prepared with flat jazz shoes, character heels, knee pads, and proper form-fitting attire.
From beginning to end, class is structured to give the student the experience of being in a Company on stage, working together through a Company warm-up, rehearsal and a final performance. Pieces are chosen from classic musicals, and often incorporate blocking, partnering, scene, song and dance.
The atmosphere is fast paced, positive, professional and challenging, allowing the performers to participate in a powerful Musical Theatre Company Experience.