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Toni Basil Portrait

Stage Name

Birth Name

Toni Basil Antonia Christina Basilotta
"The Pavlova of Hollywood"

        Toni's dad was a band-leader and her mom was a dancer and acrobat. Toni started dancing as a child and while in High School in Las Vegas, Toni was a head Cheerleader which would prove to be a very valuable asset to her thru out her life as a dancer and choreographer. Toni started her trek in dance as a Go-Go dancer in hit TV Shows such as Hullabaloo, SHINDIG! and the T.A.M.I. Show in the early 1960's. Got her first acting role in the 'Pajama Game' in 1964. In 1966 Toni danced ( And stripped) in Bruce Conner's classic film 'Breakaway' and in 1969 played a starring role in the biker hit cult film "Easy Rider" with Henry Fonda and Jack Nicholson.

     Late in the 1970's she formed and managed the Break dance group called the Lockers which featured Fred "Re-Run" Berry of the TV Show  'What's Happenin'.

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Toni was also nominated for an Emmy Award in 1988 ( Outstanding Achievement in Choreography) for her "Four Swans" number on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."

     As a singer ... her first song was in the film Breakaway and by 1982 released her first album of dance able songs called 'Word of Mouth' which became a gold record and had the USA number one hit song " Mickey" ( You remember: Oh! Mickey, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind... Hey Mickey!.) The video single "Mickey"was the first to incorporate synchronized dancing. Toni has been the choreographer to many famous bands and singers for their MTV videos such as David Bowie, Talking Heads and Bette Midler.

     Today (2013) Toni is still very much active in the entertainment industry and still Acting, doing choreography for Hollywood and MTV Videos. In her spare time, Toni is an avid dancer who loves to Salsa and West Coast Swing. You can find her at many of the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley social dance spots around town. Toni is on the modest side about her career and unless you knew her or was told about her, you would think she is a normal, down to earth, easy going, casual, friendly foxy lady ... who would talk about and/or dance all night long, but normal she is not, she's a star.


Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Philadelphia, PA. B. 9/22/1943 n/a n/a
       

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Other

Easy Rider Photo n/a n/a
Toni Basil CD Advertisement
Word of Mouth CD - Cover Poster

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Music Titles

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Hear a Sample 28 Hear a Sample $ Little Red Hook Hear a Sample Spacewalkin' The Dog
Hear a Sample $ Be Stiff (w/ Devo) Hear a Sample $ Mickey (w/ Devo) Hear a Sample Street Beat
Hear a Sample Breakaway Hear a Sample Nobody Hear a Sample Suspense
Hear a Sample Do You Wanna Dance Hear a Sample $ Over My Head Hear a Sample $ Thief On The Loose
Hear a Sample Easy For You To Say Hear a Sample Ricky ('Weird Al' Yankovic) Hear a Sample $ Time After Time
Hear a Sample Go For The Burn Hear a Sample Shopping A To Z Hear a Sample $ You Gotta Problem
Hear a Sample Hanging Around Hear a Sample $ Space Girls $ CD: Best of Toni Basil

Night Clubs

Theaters

Ballets / Stage

n/a Majestic Theatre (1979) 1979 - Bette! Divine Madness (w/ Shabba Doo)
'The Showgirl must go on! (Bette Midler)(Clip)

Video Clip View (Po-Up Window)

Films (*means Choreographer)

Video Clip View (Po-Up Window)

Television

Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1964 - Pajama Party (dancer) [ VHS] Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1960's - Hullabaloo
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1965 - the T.A.M.I. Show (Go-Go dancer) [ VHS] Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1960's - Shindig!
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1965 - Village of the Giants (as Red) * [ VHS | DVD] Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1974 - Mr. Novak (episode # 1.26)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1966 - Breakaway (dancer) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1975 - Saturday Night Live (plus 2 times in 1976)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1967 - the Cool Ones*
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1975 - Soul Train - The Lockers (plus Interview at end)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1968 - Antonia Christina Basilotta (Herself) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1978 - La verne and Shirley (episode # 4.10)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1968 - Head (the Monkey's, dancer w/ Davy) * [ VHS | DVD] Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1981 - Three of a Kind (Herself - episode # 1.1)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1969 - Easy Rider (Mary - Prostitute) [ VHS | DVD] Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1982 - Word of Mouth Music Video (performer)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1969 - Sweet Charity (rhythm of Life dancer) [ VHS | DVD]
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1984 - American Bandstand Dick Clarke Interview
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1970 - Five Easy Pieces (Terry Grouse) [ VHS | DVD]
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1987 - Joan Rivers Show (Mickey!)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1971 - the Last Movie (Rose) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1992 - Baywatch (episode # 2.22)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1972 - Greaser's Palace (Indian Girl) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1997 - Bette Midler: Diva, Las Vegas (HBO)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1973 - American Graffiti * [ VHS | DVD] Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1997 - Gap Commercial (Lindy version)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1976 - Mother Jugs and Speed (addict) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 2004 - A&E Biography: Bette Midler
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1979 - the Rose* Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 2005 - 3rd Annual TV Land Awards (Choreographer)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1980 - First Family *
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
2010 - Pee Wee Herman Show (Interview)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1982 - Hey Good Lookin'* Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Retro sexual: The 80's
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1984 - Citizen Soldier
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, the (Beethoven's 5th)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1986 - Peggy Sue Got Married *
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, the (Street Beat)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1988 - Angel III (Hilary)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, the (Swan Lake)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1988 - Slaughterhouse Rock
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Schlitz Malt Liquor Commercial (The Lockers)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1990 - Rockula (Phoebe LaVie)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Ed Sullivan - Toni's Family performs
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1990 - Catch fire Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.

Music Videos / Choreography

Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1990 - Eating (Jackie) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Bette Midler & Mick Jagger: Beast of Burden
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1990 - Pacific Palisades (Désirée) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. David Bowie
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1991 - Delirious * Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Talking Heads
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1991 - Mobsters
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Be Stiff (Devo Cover)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1992 - Sinatra *
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Beethoven's 5th (On Smothers Brothers)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1996 - That Thing You Do! *
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Breakaway (1966)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1997 - My Best Friends Wedding *
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - I Can't Hear You
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1999 - Muppets from Space *
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Mickey! Top of the Pops| BALLET | Solid Gold
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 2000 - Sunset Strip *
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - (Don't Want) Nobody
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 2001 - Legally Blonde *
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Over My Head
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 2004 - The Dream Studio Video
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Rock On!
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Suspense! (Song Only)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Shoppin' from A to Z
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.

Toni's Albums

Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Street Life
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1981 - Word in Mouth (w/ Devo)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - Thief On The Loose
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Street Beat
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - You Gotta Problem
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. $ CD: Best of Toni Basil
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
Toni Basil - (Space) Walkin The Dog

Dances ...

1950'S Dances Swing Dance 1970's Dances n/a
1960's Dances Acrobatic
Latin Dance Country Dance

Dance Partners

Political

Davy Jones (in Movie Head) Lockers, the n/a
Teri Garr (T.A.M.I. Show) Poppin Pete, Poppin Taco, and Skeeter Rabbit
Crescendo and Diamond Don 'Campbellock' Campbell, Bill ' Slim The Robot' Williams,
Adolpho "Shabba Doo' Quinones Greg ' Campbellock Jr.' Pope, Leo ' Fluky Luke' Williamson
Fred 'Mr. Penguin' Berry (a.k.a. Rerun)

Books, Magazine Articles on this dancer ...

Title

Author / Writer

Date Published

Publisher

Staging Rock in a Medium Henry Edwards 9/1974 After Dark Magazine
Pavlova of the Sunset Strip, the Sheila Weller 1976 Ms. Magazine
Record Mirror Magazine ?? 3/13/1982 ??

Musicians / Singers

Artists

Poets

Writers

Bette Midler n/a n/a n/a
David Bowie
Devo
Frank Zappa
Talking Heads

Other...