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Honoring Chet Walker (1954-2022) – Dance Journal


Award-winning dancer, director, choreographer and trainer Chet Walker died October 21 at his dwelling in North Carolina. An knowledgeable within the work of Bob Fosse, Walker had an acclaimed profession that spanned Broadway, tv, movie, music movies and commercials.

Walker’s Broadway debut was in On the City at age 16; he went on to bounce in Ambassador and Lorelei in addition to in Fosse’s The Pajama Sport, Pippin and Dancin’ earlier than shifting to Los Angeles to show and carry out in commercials. He returned to Broadway to carry out within the 1986 revival of Candy Charity, Fosse’s ultimate manufacturing earlier than his dying. In 1998, Walker co-conceived and recreated choreography for the tribute musical Fosse, which gained the Tony Award for Finest Musical in 1999. In 2013, he was nominated for a Tony for his choreography for the revival of Pippin

Walker choreographed and taught Fosse fashion jazz everywhere in the world, together with spending almost 20 years directing the musical theater program at Jacob’s Pillow. On the time of his dying, Walker was at work on two new musicals: Feelin’ within the Temper, The Glenn Miller Musical and Jack Cole, The Musical. (Walker additionally labored to codify Cole’s work.) 

A public memorial shall be held at a later date.

Cover image of Dance Teacher magazine, with Chet Walker dressed all in black, one hand in front of him and the other to his side, legs crossed in a jazz dance position.

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