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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Tony Charmoli

Throwback Thursday and Tony Charmoli

Tony Charmoli was born on June 11, 1922, although some sources say January. His career began on Broadway after he served in World War II. He studied dance with many notables, including Martha Graham who asked him to be a part of her company. He declined and went to Broadway instead.

He was involved in early screen tests to see if dance could work well in the new medium of television. Early in his career he won an Emmy for outstanding choreography for the show Your Hit Parade. He went on to be nominated 16 times. He  won 3.

One of his strengths was understanding that choreography for a small TV screen is different. He worked out the best camera positions and movements as well as doing choreography. This experience naturally led him to being a director.

In 1977 he was nominated for Best Director for two television specials:
"Shirley MacLaine: Where Do We Go From Here?" and "Mitzi...Zings Into Spring". But probably his most well known production was Baryshnikov’s "The Nutcracker", which was also broadcast in 1977.

In 2001, he won the American Choreography Life Achievement Award. The list of his works is too extensive to document here, but to view it see https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0153346/otherworks?ref_=nmbio_sa_1.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #290:
“Tony Charmoli was instrumental in the development of dance in television.”

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