|Born||Costanzo Greco Bucci
December 23, 1918
[ Montorio nei Frentani, Italy
|Died||December 31, 2000
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
|Occupation||dancer, actor, director of his own dance company, composer|
|Known for||Flamenco dancer|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Ana Borger-Greco, ph.d.|
|José Greco Foundation for Hispanic Dance|
He was born in Montorio nei Frentani, Italy of Italian parents. His real name was Costanzo Greco Bucci but he later changed it to José Greco. When he was 10 years old, Greco and his family moved to New York City. He began dancing in Brooklyn with his sister Norina at a young age.
He made his professional dancing debut in 1937 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Manhattan. His most famous partners were La Argentinita (Encarnación López Júlvez) and, after her death, her sister Pilar López. In 1949, he started the José Greco Dance Company, with which he toured extensively.
In 1951 he made his first appearance in the UK at the Sadler's Wells Theatre.
He started the José Greco Foundation for Hispanic Dance in 1972 and retired from the stage for the first time in 1974. He published an autobiography, Gypsy in My Soul: The Autobiography of José Greco, in 1977. He had six children, three boys and three girls. His sons José Luis and Paolo are composers; his son José Greco II is a dancer as are his three daughters, Alessandra, Carmela and Lola.
He came out of retirement in the late 1980s to form a company featuring his children. He appeared on stage for the last time in 1995, at the age of 77. Until his death he was Visiting Professor of Dance at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
- Jose Greco Foundation for Spanish Dance
- José Greco at the Internet Movie Database
- Archive film of Jose Greco II dancing Farruca in 1997 at Jacob's Pillow