Memphis Ellis Auditorium

        ... Veloz and Yolanda, 1945


Veloz and Yolanda were a husband-wife ballroom dance team who specialized in Latin dance numbers.  This sleek and chic couple began in vaudeville in the 1920s, moved on  to elegant supper clubs and then Broadway shows.  When they appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in 1939, the magazine proclaimed them the "Greatest Dancing Couple".  They were BIG - the highest paid elite act through the  1930s and 1940s and without exception, the greatest Marquee Name the dancing world has ever known.  They performed in Carnegie Hall, with major symphony orchestras around the world, and eventually in Hollywood movies.   At the Hollywood Bowl they held the highest attendance record until it was finally broken by the Beatles in 1964.  Walt Disney modeled Snow White after Yolanda.  They hosted their own TV show in the 1940s, received an oscar nomination in 1943 for their short movie "Calvacade of Dance", and had dance studios before Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire.  They, each, have streets named after them in the San Fernando Valley, where they lived in their later years.  Veloz and Yolanda retired in the early 1950's.

      Veloz and Yolanda


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 ... From the Collection of Dave French



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