Luigi Faccuito, Dance Teacher to Broadway Stars, Dies at 90

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“Luigi is now teaching the angels to dance.”That’s how Francis J. Roach‎ of Luigi's Jazz Centre announced the passing of Louis “Luigi” Faccuito, 90, a master dance teacher who counted Susan Stroman, Liza Minnelli, and several members of the original cast of A Chorus Line, including Donna McKechnie and Kelly Bishop, among his many students over a six-decade career.

Luigi Facciuto
Luigi Facciuto

On his Facebook page, Roach wrote, “Late last fall, our beloved maestro unexpectedly required emergency surgery. The outpouring of love and support that he received at that time was greatly appreciated, and still is. After much loving care he was able to return to his home in New York City for over a month, where he passed away today.”

Though Faccuito did not have a Broadway career as a dancer, he danced in several classic MGM musical films, including "Singin’ in the Rain," "An American in Paris" and "On the Town."

Roach told Playbill.com, "Luigi was part of four Broadway productions. He was brought to NY from L.A. for his first, Happy Hunting with Ethel Merman, which gave him a job for a year. [He] then went on to work in and assist Onna White and Lee Scott in three other shows. It was because of his Broadway productions he stayed in New York during the days he first taught at June Taylor's then branched out and started his own classes. Those classes and eventual school took off like wildfire."

Roach said Faccuito will be buried in his hometown of Steubenville, OH, and that a memorial celebration of his life and legacy will be announced in the near future.

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