Deney Terrio is one of the original pioneers of the Disco Dance era and the coach and choreographer who taught John Travolta how to dance for the motion picture Saturday Night Fever. Of course Deney would have never been given the opportunity had he not been an incredible dancer and showman himself. He was hand selected and given the challenge of transforming Barbarino (Travolta’s TV character on Welcome Back Kotter) into Valentino. The dance routines that Deney created and taught Travolta have become timeless classics and his “Finger Point” has become the single most recognizable dance pose in history.
Deney utilized his talents to become the host of the television musical variety show Dance Fever. The show’s format was the first competitive dance show to utilize celebrity judges and award a weekly winner. Dance Fever is credited with being the show that inspired and helped bring Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and others into the recent limelight.
Deney tours nationally solo and with his live show The Deney Terrio Dance Party and in 2012, Deney hosted Time Life Music’s infomercial “We Love The Night Life” which was broadcast to millions of TV viewers throughout the United States and Canada.
2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Fever and Deney’s classic choreography.