June Taylor, the Emmy-winning choreographer for Jackie Gleason’s television variety show and later the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, died of natural causes May 17 in Miami. She was 86.
She founded the June Taylor Dancers in 1942 and made her television debut in 1948 on “The Toast of the Town,” starring Ed Sullivan. Two years later, she joined Gleason’s “Cavalcade of Stars,” winning an Emmy for her choreography in 1954.
Gleason brought his show from New York to Miami Beach before the start of the 1964-65 season. It remained in Miami Beach for the rest of its run, until September 1970.
Taylor began working with what was then known as the Dolphin Starbrites in 1978 and remained with the group until 1990. Her squad did Broadway-type routines on a stage in an end zone of the Orange Bowl during Miami’s home football games, accompanied by a 22-piece brass band.