Most people remember Debbie Allen’s iconic role on the TV show “Fame,” but do you remember what an amazing dancer she was? I stumbled across the video below where she and the legendary Gwen Verdon start by showing off and end up dancing up a storm together. I remembered Allen’s character on the show very well, but I’d forgotten what a powerful dancer she was.
Of course, Verdon was a truly remarkable dancer in her own right, winning 4 Tony awards in 6 years AND eventually marrying her choreographer, the equally legendary Bob Fosse! Though Verdon died in 2000, her legacy lives on in dancers like Beyoncé.
Thanks, YouTube, for delivering me these two beautiful dancers just when I needed a boost. Now, I need to go find fringed pants…
Because that video sent me down the Gwen Verdon/Bob Fosse rabbit hole, here are a few of my faves!
And it turns out that Debbie Allen has a dance academy in L.A. Take a look at these wonderful young dancers!