Anthony Lopes “Tony” Carinhas Jr.

July 26, 1934 — April 2, 2012

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, April 9, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson for Mr. Anthony Lopes “Tony” Carinhas Jr., 77, a Florida native, resident of Patterson in his earlier years, and longtime resident of Kenner, who passed away Monday, April 2, 2012, at St. Theresa Medical Complex in Kenner. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Father Angelo Cremaldi will officiate the services.

Tony coached and trained professional ballroom instructors and students throughout the United States and became an icon in the world of ballroom dance. He taught for more than 58 years and his dance performance history was second to none. Throughout his career, Tony taught both independently and with national organizations such as Arthur Murray Inc. and Fred Astaire Dance Studios (FADS). While with FADS, he became the assistant national dance director and was an examiner for 32 years. In addition to ballroom dance, Tony studied Spanish folk dance and especially the flamenco. His first Spanish dance partner was Maria Ballas, grandmother of Dancing with the Stars professional Mark Ballas. He performed for President Nixon and trained and performed with Jose Greco. He held the designation of Licentiate of the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance where he was also a trainer, and was a national judge and examiner for the National Dance Council of America.

Survivors include four nephews, Frank Guidry, Druby Guidry, George Carinhas and Jarvier Carinhas; two nieces, Patti Alvarez and Clementina Jiang; as well as numerous other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio Lopes Carinhas Sr. and Mary Carinhas; and three siblings, Manuel Carinhas, Mary Carinhas Guidry and Clementina Carinhas Sallas.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Monday, April 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Patterson from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

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