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Francois Szony

Francois Szony with Rita Agnese Francois Szony, a true Legend of the Dance World and one of the Greatest Ballroom Adagio dancers the world has known, passed away on August 23, 2020, a little more than one month before his 95th Birthday – sadly taken from us by COVID-19.

He was a dear and true friend to so many of us, and a beloved performer, and coach and inspiration to many here at Goldcoast Ballroom. He will be greatly missed. May he Rest in Peace. His Legacy built over an amazing 8 decade career, will live on forever.

Francois Szony, a true icon of the dance world and known as one of the greatest Ballroom Adagio dancers in the world, was featured in several movies and appeared on stage during the 1940s and 1950s and for many years thereafter.

An exquisite ballet dancer, he pioneered the field of Adagio Ballroom show dance. He amazed audiences with his graceful moves, amazing control, and inspiring artistic interpretation.

Francois Szony - Recent PictureOne of his millions of fans commented: “There has never been a Ballroom Adagio partner quite like Francois Szony. Elegant, secure, strong… and he made it all look so easy, not to mention how exquisite he made his partners look. That’s a master!”

Francois Szony lived in South Florida, and regularly appeared at Goldcoast Ballroom, where he frequently gave shows during the early 2000s, and remained a much sought-after coach well into his 80’s and 90’s.

Following is a video of one of Francois Szony’s famous performances in a movie, recorded long ago:

Here is a composite of some of Francois Szony’s impressive performances, including performances with his partner Nancy Claire on Hollywood Palace, the Ed Sullivan Show and others:

Enjoy this wonderful historical compilation of photo’s created by Rita Agnese, one of Francois Szony’s Great Partners, in tribute to the 8 decade astounding career of the World’s Best Adagio Dancer, the Great Artist, Francois Szony:

For more information on Francois Szony’s life and accomplishments see the tribute to him posted during his lifetime on PaladiumMambo.com – Tribute to Francois Szony.

See more Videos of The Great Francois Szony on the Francois Szony Playlist we have created on Goldcoast Ballroom’s YouTube Channel.


Written by Connie Barnhart Koontz