(b Seattle, 10 Nov. 1949)
US dancer, choreographer, and director. She studied ballet locally, at San Francisco Ballet School and with Joffrey, making her debut with the corps de ballet at Radio City Music Hall. She then worked as a dancer, singer, and actress on Broadway (excelling in the choreography of her mentor and partner Fosse). She appeared in the original run of Chicago and in television and film, including All that Jazz (1979). In the late 1980s she began to choreograph, starring in and choreographing the Broadway revival of Chicago (1996), for which she won a Tony Award for Best Choreography, and co-directing and co-choreographing Fosse (1999). She has also choreographed works for Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ballet Hispanico (Ritmo y ruido). In the 1990s she also became director of the Broadway Theatre Project, training young people in musical theatre skills.
Subjects: Dance — Music Theatre.