Veloz and Yolanda were a husband wife ballroom dance team who specialized in Latin numbers. Frank Veloz was born today in 1906; Yolanda Casazza, March 21, 1908. The sleek and chic couple started out in the mid 1920s playing in vaudeville, nightclubs and Broadway shows like Hot-cha! (1932). And from 1934 through 1946 their skills are showcased in several Hollywood films, such as Under the Pampas Moon (1935) and Rose of Washington Square (1939).
The couple divorced in the early 1960s. Veloz married his second dance partner, Jean Phelps.
Some of Veloz and Yolanda’s kids followed them into show business. Daughter Yolanda Veloz was a television and stage actress in the 1970s, and became the wife of Bernie Kopell. TV Guide profiled her:
Veloz passed away in 1981; Yolanda in 1995. Their son Guy Veloz created this ballet about his famous parents.
Here they are prevailed upon to do the “Cobra Tango” in Under the Pampas Moon (1935)
To find out more about the history of vaudeville including dance teams like Veloz and Yolanda, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous,