Important People in Jazz
By Clara and Michelle
Eugene "Luigi" Louis Faccuito
Notable Works and Importance
Luigi began to develop techniques to help his rehabilitation into dance again, and little did he know they would become useful and well-known jazz techniques and warm ups even today. One of the issues he was faced with was leaving the barre. He couldn't do the same things in centre that he could at barre, so he focused on "feeling from the inside" and "putting the body in the right position." He came up with many new basic jazz positions used today as well as the mentality that you should pull up through your body as you dance. Luigi also coined the phrase "5, 6, 7, 8" as when to start dancing.
Featured or Starred in: "On the Town," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Band Wagon," as well as running his own Jazz Dance Company, which toured for 2 years.
Luigi is still alive, and teaching at a Jazz Centre in New York at the age of 89.
Luigi is known as a founder of jazz.
Luigi still teaches today, at age 89.
"Luigi always defined jazz dancing for me." -John Travolta