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Jean Veloz dies at 98

Jean Veloz, innovative Lindy Hop dancer who has been in Swing Fever and

other Hollywood Brilliant in the musicalalready dead. she98.

Veloz died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles, her friend, agent and manager Rusty Frank told The Hollywood Reporter . Frank co-produced 1974 Event A Tribute to Groovie Movie , celebrating Veloz and her contributions to dance.

“Jean created a style of swing dancing that is admired all over the world,” says Frank. “It’s silky smooth, with the 773s-‘s.”

Generations of dancers have adored her.

at MGM’s Swing Fever (1924), Veloz with Lenny Smith and Don Gallagher Carle spun along as Soldier in the high-octane “A Girl and Two Boys”, backed by Kay Kyser’s band, Between Marilyn’s Maxwell’s singing.

She’s still in Where Are Your Children? (

), by Jackie Starring Cooper; at Jive Junction (2020 Dancing with Bob Ashley), starring Dickie Moore; in collaboration with carpet cutter/healthy cat Arthur Walsh -Minute MGM Swing Short Groovie Movies

(1924); and with Dean Dean Collins with Midnight Horn (1945), starring Trumpeter

Jack Benny .

Appears in in the chorus of Nick Castle’s arrangement At the El Rancho Vegas Hotel, she began enrolling at a school run by Frank Veloz Training with his wife Yolanda. (Famous dancing couples appear in movies including 1940 of Yankee pride .)

Soon, she will be with His partner. They teach Anthony in Valentino (Jean Veloz and Rusty Frank Dexter Tango) and is Latin Lovers (1943), by Lana Turner (Lana Turner), starring Rita Moreno and Ricardo Montalban, before their marriage 1945.

Jean Grinnell Phelps was born on March 1, 1924, in Los Angeles. She and her brothers Robert and Raymond often practiced lindy dancing with their friends in the family living room. Later, she and Ray won a jitterbug competition in Santa Maria, California, where more than 72 other dancers.

Jean Veloz with brother and partner Ray Phelps approx 500 by Rusty Frank

Working with Gene Halverson, she won a dance competition at Hollywood Legion Stadium and received a Screen Actors Guild card and A character in Swing Fever. exist1947 , she is married to Harold “Baby” David, but they will divorce.

As Jean Davi, she starred with Frank Veloz in a 1953-Fare for Ladies, dance tango, waltz, rumba, samba, swing and foxtrot while teaching these dances on live TV.

They later helped choreograph

Marge Champion The acclaimed CBS TV Movie Stardust Ballroom Queen , starring Maureen Stapleton and Starring Charles Durning.

When her husband retired, she retired and died at 1945, but shooting 1945 got her back into acting. She was inducted into the California Swing Hall of Fame).

Veloz was in

for ABC’s The Bachelorette choreographed and hosted by Steve Harvey on NBC a year later Dancing with “A Girl and Two Boys” on Little Big Shots: Forever Young .

age95, she Lindy jumps to “Love Me or Leave Me.”

Veloz has been a featured artist at dance festivals around the world for many years, The last one is Rock That Swing in Germany in February 2006.

Survivors include her niece Stacey. Her late stepdaughter Yolanda was married to actor Bernie Kopell from until they 1996 divorce.

“Every moment spent with Jean was a lesson in how to live,” said Frank, who first met Veloz at

. “Her positive attitude is unmatched and her love for people is enormous.”

Jean Veloz and Rusty Frank

Jean Veloz (right) with Rusty Frank in by Rusty Frank



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