Bret Brookshire

Best Keeper of the Fosse Flame

Robin Lewis

The reason we revere Bob Fosse wasn't just the slinky, sexy moves that were his choreographic signature; it was how he could slip all that jazz into a show and make it come alive in ways that thrilled and captivated us. Robin Lewis mastered Fosse's moves on Broadway in the tribute show Fosse, but what makes him such a splendid heir to the dance legend is the way his steps – which can range from Fosse's serpentine slides to chorus-line kicks to hoe-down stomps – always animate the action and lift it to new heights. And that's true whether he's setting steps on professionals at Zach Theatre, students at UT or St. Edward's, or kids at TexARTS, the arts company he co-founded. He has a gift for generating excitement in anyone who can move their feet, and the results never fail to razzle-dazzle us.

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