Matteo, an American dancer, teacher, choreographer, and scholar who specialized in Spanish dance, died of complications from a stroke March 24 in Englewood, New Jersey, The New York Times reported. He was 92.
Born Matteo Marcellus Vittucci, Matteo used only his first name professionally. He and the late Carola Goya, whom he later married, formed the Spanish dance team of Goya and Matteo in 1954. They brought traditional dance forms from throughout the world to U.S. audiences and students for more than 30 years. They taught and performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for many years.
Matteo also taught at the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan, where he introduced ethnic dance forms to the curriculum. Many of his graduates joined the Indo-American Dance Company, which he founded with Goya. Matteo also wrote The Language of Spanish Dance: A Dictionary and Reference Manual.
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