John Denoia and Nick De Noia
John Denoia is an American director and choreographer best known as the original choreographer of Chippendales dance troupe. Additionally, he won two Emmy Awards for his Unicorn Tales shorts for young audiences.
In the early 1980s, Steve Banerjee hired him to choreograph for his dance club Chippendales. Unfortunately, things started to unravel between them.
Early Life and Education
John Denoia was born in Connecticut, USA and attended Hazleton High School where he played quarterback and guard for the basketball team. As a four-year starter at Scranton University, he earned himself recognition as both an All-American in football and All-State selection in basketball. Drafted by both San Francisco Forty-Niners of the All-American Conference and Washington Redskins of the National Football League, Denoia became first player ever to earn both honors simultaneously.
John Denoia earned a living by choreographing for Chippendales dance club in New York City, creating numerous original dance routines that won him praise from both critics and audiences alike. Additionally, he wrote scripts for two short films – Unicorn Tales which earned him two Emmy Awards; The Great Escape which he directed; however his professional life was cut short in 1987 when Gilbert Rivera Lopez fatally shot him during a shoot-out.
At Philip Denoia & Partners, attorneys Ed Denoia, Richard Mermelstein and Alison O’Dwyer represent hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice cases as well as general liability disputes. Other members of their team include Dena Operman who defends nursing homes against high-exposure litigation and Verne Pedro who handles complex insurance coverage disputes.
Achievements and Honors
John Denoia was an esteemed American director, screenwriter and choreographer best known for his work as choreographer of the Chippendales dance troupe and for directing the musical short film series Unicorn Tales which earned two Emmy awards.
He lived a secret homosexual lifestyle. From 1975 to 1976, he was married to Jennifer O’Neill; however, their union ended amicably.
He was an accomplished student, receiving numerous academic honors and awards throughout his time at Syracuse University. These included being named to the Dean’s List and joining honor societies.
Nick De Noia was an acclaimed American choreographer, screenwriter and director best known for his work with the Chippendales dance troupe and Unicorn Tales short films for young audiences. His achievements earned him two Emmy Awards.
On April 7, 1987, Gilbert Rivera Lopez was assassinated in his Manhattan office by Ray Colon, a former lounge-room entertainer hired by Somen Banerjee (better known as Steve Banerjee), the founder of Chippendales.
Welcome to Chippendales, a new Hulu miniseries, explores this tragic story. Actor Murray Bartlett stars as De Noia and Jennifer O’Neill portrays his wife.
Nick denoia was a director and choreographer best known for his work on the children’s television series Unicorn Tales, for which he earned two Emmy Awards. Additionally, he served as original choreographer of the Chippendales dance troupe until 1987 when authorities believe he was killed in an organized murder plot orchestrated by Chippendales founder Steve Banerjee. Following denoia’s passing, Banerjee was found guilty of both murder and conspiracy and sentenced to two and half years in prison. Associate Producer Candace Mayeron told Elle Magazine that she’d spoken with denoia just before his passing, with him asking her not to tell anyone about it beforehand.