Friday, March 24, 2006

You Can Dance

For those of you who grew up in the 70's, you're probably familiar with Deney Terrio. Deney's claim to fame was that he was the one who taught John Travolta all his moves for the 1977 Discolicious hit Saturday Night Fever.

Deney went on to host one of my 2 favorite cheeze fests of the 70's and 80's: Dance Fever (1979-1985...Adrian Zmed replaced him as host for seasons '85-'87). BTW, my other favorite was Solid Gold (1980-1989). Deney was also had minor roles in the films The Idolmaker and One Night in Heaven.

A fellow Texan shared some Dance Fever memories via IMDB, and I couldn't have said it better:

Two things about the show I remember vividly:

1) At some point in just about every number the female member of the dancing duo would do a twirl while her male counterpart would hold onto her skirt, hence creating the "disrobe-a-swirl" leaving her dancing in nothing but a leotard.

2) The other thing I remember most about the show was the number in which a couple danced to the disco version of the "Star Wars" theme while wearing gold and silver polyester suits with matching gold and silver afro wigs.


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4 Comments:

Blogger RagDoll said...

Lovin' the subtle hand placement near the crotch! There were actually DIRECTIONS? LOL.

Friday, March 24, 2006 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

I used to love Solid Gold Dancers, watched it every week.

Saturday, March 25, 2006 6:08:00 PM  
Blogger mondo retro said...

i loved "dance fever," although i remember it not being so much "dancing" as "the guys frantically flipping their female partners around in the air." :)

Sunday, March 26, 2006 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger Kirkkitsch said...

Ragdoll-
There were directions?! Of course! I have at least 3 albums that open up like books with illustrated step-by-step moves. Lol! These particular images came from a BOOK/LP boxset released by K-Tel. The entire book is loaded with illustrated moves for all kinds of dances. All courtesy of Deney. ;D

Terri-
Me too! I LOVED Madame. I remember being so excited when she finally got her own show (though it was short-lived), Madame's Place, back in 1982! It was hilariously raunchy. Totally ahead of its time.

Mondo Retro-
Lol! That and the "celebrity" judges (i.e. Rick Springfield doing double duty as the musical guest AND a judge). Do you remember the 2003 remake that bombed, hosted by Eric Nies?

Monday, March 27, 2006 7:08:00 AM  

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