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Stage Name

Birth Name

Eddie Vega

Eddie Vega

Eddie "Mr. Showbiz" Vega | Eddy Vega  

       Eddie Vega was born in the Bronx of New York and was the best street dancer who ever hit the dance scene. At age twelve he would pair up with Lourdes Jones who was then only 11 herself and win the New York Hustle Championships, beating all the adults and would continue to win it every year thereafter. Eddie's highly energetic and powerful dancing made him a legend. Eddie was good at all the dances, however he really excelled in the Hustle and Adagio dancing. His "Tricks" were Unbeatable.

      Eddie trained in Ballet and Jaz and loved the Hustle.Eddie danced with the 'Ralph Lew Dance Company' with Nellie as well as in Broadway plays, danced and choreographed MTV Music Videos, Commercials, and

various TV shows, including the American Music Awards. Also, Eddie and Lourdes were under age but having fake I'D's won the "Dance Fever - Grand Prix" Eddie taught Salsa classes at the "June Laberta Dance Studio" in New York. Eddie danced with a few different partners over the years, danced in many dance contests and even won the Harvest Moon Ball.

     Eddie would travel the world over competing and showcasing his talents including such places as Europe and Japan. Eddie's trademark was his high speed, high energy aerials that would leave you gasping for more. Prior to Eddie's major Star Search win with Lisa Nunziella, Eddie danced and won the U.S. Ballroom Dance Championships with Nellie Cotto in 1983 and Lourdes in 1984. Then on Star Search with Lourdes, winning the first week but lost to Cookie and her partner from Los Angeles, but that didn't stop him at all.

    Eddie's partner Lisa Nunziella had all the right attitudes and grace as well as expert dancing, and this pairing would take them to the finals of Ed McMahan's "Star Search," which they would compete against the Rhythm Kings and would win the $100.000.00 Grand prize. They would also hold an unbroken record of the most Star Search wins, by Any performer on the show, thirteen wins in all ( Unbeaten) with two being uncontested bringing it to a total of 15 wins. After winning Star Search wins.

After winning Star Search, Eddie stayed in California for a couple of years with Sergio (his life partner,) and opened his own Limousine service. Lisa stayed in California as well, got married to Rob Hockley and now has a son. Lisa still performs and teaches in the Venice, Ca. area.

      In the first two videos clips posted the first was Dance Fever in 1981 in which they won first place over-all champs. The second video clip is of Eddie and Lourdes on Star Search in 1983, again they took first, beating the undefeated Rhythm Kings. The third

Clip is of Eddie and Lisa in their "Slave to the Rhythm" routine by Grace Jones. ...It was intense live.

      Returning to his home in New York around 1989 due to his illness, Eddy died of Kaposi Sarcoma cancer (Aids) in 1992 at his home in New York. ( There is some info on Lourdes, Nellie and Lisa here as well).


Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Bronx, New York (Eddie) 5/26/1965 - 3/12/1992 Sergio ( Life partner) n/a
  B. 1960- Lisa Rob Hockley (Lisa) One Son (Lisa)

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Contests (1st's)

Adagio Nellie Cotto ( Eddy) N.Y. Hustle Championships
Ballroom Lourdes Juers (Jones) ( Eddy) Harvest Moon Ball
Jitterbug Maria Torres ( Eddy) Dance Fever
Hustle Lisa Nunziella - Hockley ( Eddy, Artie, Deano, Ricki, Daniel) Black Pool ( Cabaret)
East Coast Swing Daniel Llaurdo ( Lisa) U.S. Open SDC. (1986 - Swing & also a Hustle demo)
West Coast Swing Arte Phillips (Lisa) Star Search
      Deanno Georgio (Lisa) U.S. Ballroom Championships (2X) 1982
      Eddy Vega (Lisa)  
      Ricky Quintana (Lisa) 1981 World Hustle Dance  
      Billy Fajardo Disco Dance Dimensions (Eddy 1980s)  
      George Vascones Latin Symbolics (Eddie & Lourdes 1974)  

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

Atmosphere Disco (w/ Lourdes) (NY) n/a 1984 - Latin Quarter Revue ( Kenny Ortega)
Cat Club (w/ Lisa) (NY)   Harvest Moon Ball. (w/ Nellie - Hustle)
Club 310 (NY)    
Ice Palace (NY)    
Limelight (NY)  

Publications

Playpen (NY)   5/5/1987 - Whats On Las Vegas (Cover)
Zachary's (NY)    
     

... more videos coming soon below - check back soon (12/30/2012)
Film Clips below

Films

T.V. Clips below

Television

Clip not available at this time 1985 - Crossover Dreams [DVD]
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1981 - Dance Fever - Grand Prix (w/ Lourdes)
Clip not available at this time 1985 - Joan Lui ( Lisa) Clip not available at this time 1981 - Don Kirschner's Rock Concert
Clip not available at this time 1987 - Dirty Dancing[DVD]
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1982 - Ballroom Dance Championships (Disc Hustle 1st place w/ Nellie Coto)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1988 - Salsa [DVD] ( Lisa clip2)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1983 - Star Search (w/ Lourdes) '2nd show'(1st show top of page) [ Sepia Version]
Clip not available at this time Cada Dia un Dia
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1987 - Star Search (w/ Lisa) ... more Videos: [1 |2 |3 |4 |5 ]
Clip not available at this time 1997 - East Side Story [DVD] ( Chor)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1987 - Star Search Interview
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The Mask (Deano and Lisa)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1987 - Star Search Final Awards announcement and presentation
Clip not available at this time El Barrio ( Chor) Clip not available at this time American Music Awards
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
1988 - Naked Gun 2 1/2 (Deano and Lisa) Clip not available at this time Fresh Prince ( Viva Las Wages) [1990-96]
    Clip not available at this time Tribute to Lionel Ritchie
    Clip not available at this time Who's The Boss
    Clip not available at this time Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    Clip not available at this time Various MTV Videos ( Brenda K. Starr, Cher, Earth Wind & Fire + Others)

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