Bob Boross, adjunct professor in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, is appearing as a featured commentator in a new documentary on the history of American jazz dance. “Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz Dance” has been awarded Best In Festival in the Dance On Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center and the Grand Prize Best Musical Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Boross is a noted expert on the jazz dance style of legendary dancer/performer Matt Mattox. In the documentary, he gives insight into Mattox’s contributions to the dance form and is seen instructing a class of students in the Mattox jazz dance technique.
Boross teaches jazz dance, tap dance, ballet, and modern dance at Monmouth University. He has choreographed the Monmouth University productions “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Company,” as well as the Shadow Lawn Stage equity theater production of “My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” At the Two River Theater, Boross conceived and choreographed “Empty Sky…The Rising,” an evening-length dance theater piece examining hardships endured as a result of 9/11, set to 11 songs from Bruce Springsteen’s twelfth studio album, “The Rising.”