Remembering Joe Lanza

Steve Pastor

Moderator
Staff member
#1
I very recently learned through my Facebook friendship with Joe that he has passed away.

Joe contributed to Dance Forum for some time, and I can say (with a smile on my face) that some of his exchanges with other members were "lively".
He shared many of his experiences in the LA dance scene in the 50s.
Look for posts by Black Sheep and Uncle Joe.

I'm not really prepared to write a fitting memorial, but may do a page on him in wikipedia.

Joe's web site is still up and running at
http://www.lindybylanza.com/

I'm not exactly sure why (Joe was kind enough to share part of himself with me), but I am greatly saddened by his passing.

While ministers of one church consistently opposed dancing, the priests of the Catholic Church were not so severe, and in some instances even favored dancing. "Do the saints dance in heaven?", wrote a nun in the first part of the 16th century, "dancing will be essential there for the strong, well-built bodies of the saints". "There would have to be dancing (in heaven) for the itching soles of" those "whose whole life on earth is a dancing school", wrote well known Catholic priest Zsigmond Csuzy in the first part of the 18th century."[15]
 

pygmalion

Well-Known Member
#4
Some of the things I admired about Joe were his reliability, tenacity and pure love of dance. I met Joe here seven-plus years ago and we exchanged email addresses after one of his "lively" exchanges caused his first DF persona to take a DF hiatus. From then until fairly recently, I would receive pretty frequent emails about dance, but also life, love, philosophy, dogs, you name it. Anything that piqued Joe's curiosity. Always entertaining. Joe was unique and he was always genuinely himself.

He was certainly a controversial figure around here. Eh. *shrug* What I know is that he loved life, dance and other people. Wherever he is, I bet he's found some swing dancer to debate 6 versus 8 count with. :lol:
 

tangotime

Well-Known Member
#5
Ironically he has the same name as another well known individual ,who both were around at the same time in LA. I worked for that one .
 

kayak

Active Member
#6
Bummer, he was an interesting guy. I am not sure I understood or agreed with some of his idea, but his ideas were fun to try and figure out.
 

Spitfire

Well-Known Member
#7
Sorry to learn of this; yes, for awhile he was a pretty active member of this forum.

Hasn't he been credited with "inventing" the Bossa Nova dance?
 

Steve Pastor

Moderator
Staff member
#9
Hasn't he been credited with "inventing" the Bossa Nova dance?
Joe sent me his version of the dance, and a newspaper article about he and his partner performing at a local university. I think he has written that people were doing all sorts of things to the then newly popular music. I haven't made time, though, to verify that his version "caught on" and became the standard.
 

tsb

Well-Known Member
#13
i last saw joe about 5-6 years ago after a swing dance at the castle green here in pasadena. he gave me a homemade CD of some of his favorite music after i helped him down the stairs (he's been on crutches for a while).
 
#15
Sorry to learn of this; yes, for awhile he was a pretty active member of this forum.

Hasn't he been credited with "inventing" the Bossa Nova dance?
If so, this is particularly sad for me, because I was taught the Bossa Nova (being a fan of the lovely music), and even competed in some heats of this dance (that never quite caught on) at some comps in the mid-2000's that happened to include it...
 

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