Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Interval acts - 1970: The Don Lurio Dancers

Donald Benjamin Lurio (Stage name Don Lurio) was born in New York in 1929 although some sources claim that his year of birth was 1933. He died in Rome in 2003. Don Lurio was a dancer, choreographer and conductor for Italian Television. Don Lurio operated a dance studio on Broadway with Bob Fosse and Jack Cole , then toured Europe before arriving in Italy in 1957.
Don was openly gay, considered scandalous given the morals of the time. It took until 1961 to establish himself on Italian Television. He appeared in several Italian films of the 1960s and 1970s. He also appeared in a handful of British films.

In 1970 he choreographed the interval act for the Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam for a group of young dancers who called themselves The Don Lurio Dancers. This interval act was considered as very modern in 1970.

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