VELOZ & YOLANDA AUTOGRAPH



Birth Names Francisco Nicholas Veloz Goiticoa de Van Bainderlust & Lolanda Casazza. Yolanda was born in Manhattan New York in a section called “Little Italy” in 1908 and was considered a tomboy as a young girl. She was named after the legendary Italian princess Lolanda which eventually be called Yolanda. Yolanda met Frank in a street corner prohibition speakeasy around 1921. Yolanda wasn’t immeadiatly taken with the dashing Veloz but soon fell in love. They would go on to win more than forty dance contests together at an early age and would be married and opened, owned and operated the prestigious Palmer House in Chicago in 1929. Most of their acts were strictly improve and not rehearsed as routines with Frank designing all of Yolanda’s Costume (some weighed upto 16 lbs). In the 1930s they came to Hollywood to dance at the then famous Coconut Grove and got thier start in the film industry and danced in a number of films during their career together. They made a few films for Disney and Yolanda was the model for Snow White. Television was also good to them as they hosted the Veloz and Yolanda Hour for many years. Veloz and Yolanda were one of the most famous and most successful of the Ballroom exhibition dancers. Created dances such as the Cobra Tango and Veolanda. They would purchase and run a number of successful dance studios in Southern California. Veloz and Yolanda were the hosts to the Los Angeles Examiner’s ‘Dance To Fame contest’ held in Los Angeles. They Received an Oscar nomination for the category ‘Short Subjects (One-Reel)’ for “Cavalcade of the Dance” in 1943. They were honored with two streets named after them in the San Fernando Valley. Veloz and Yolanda would later divorce and Frank married swing dance star Jean Phelps-Veloz which caused a bit of a scandal at the time. Both Frank and Yolanda passed away in Burbank, CA.

 

Original Veloz and Yolanda Autographs, signed on the Cover of Veloz and Yolanda Booklet. Within is information on Mr. and Mrs. Frank Veloz, family photos and dance step instructions for the Rhumba, Waltz, and Tango. The Booklet is in poor to fair condition, loose pages, torn spine and outer edges of cover and the first page has peices missing. Regular Price – $ 145.00 / Sale Price – $ 98.00.

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