Greco, José

Greco, José

(hōsā` grĕk`ō), 1918–2001, Spanish-American dancer and choreographer, b. Italy. Greco emigrated to the United States as a child. He first appeared as a professional dancer in New York in Carmen in 1937, dancing thereafter in nightclubs and resorts, in films, and in touring ballet companies. In 1947 he organized his own company, Ballets y Bailes de España. Greco was noted for his fiery yet elegant flamencoflamenco,
Spanish music and dance typical of the Romani (Gypsy), or gitano. Flamenco dancing is characterized by colorful costumes, intense and erotic movements, stamping of the feet (zapateado), and clapping of the hands (palmada
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 dancing. He retired in 1974 but from 1988 to 1995 performed a number of times with his children.
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