"Dance was the only thing I wanted to do. We're always in pain, but we knew what caused the pain, so it was good pain. So when a dancer complains that it hurts, that's all right. They know why it hurts. You suffer the hurt because the passion says you must do this. If you don't have that passion, take up plumbing or do something else."
About This Interview
In his five-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Tony Charmoli speaks about choreographing television shows including Your Hit Parade, Alice in Wonderland, NBC Comedy Hour, The Dinah Shore Show and The Danny Kaye Show, among others. He describes the process of creating a dance routine and rehearsal schedules, and speaks of the challenges of choreographing for live television. He also shares fond memories of some of the notable talents he's directed and choreographed for throughout his career, including Julie Andrews, Mitzi Gaynor, Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye, Cyd Charisse and Carol Channing. Sunny Parich conducted the interview on December 12, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA.