Felipe Rose (born January 12, 1954 in New York City) was a founding member of the disco group the Village People. His mother is Puerto Rican and his father a Native American (Lakota Sioux).
Felipe was raised in Brooklyn where he displayed an interest in the arts during his childhood. His mother was his main inspiration as she herself had been a dancer for the Copacabana during the 1940s and 1950s.
In 1970, when Felipe was 16 years old, he won a scholarship to study dance with the Ballet de Puerto Rico under the guidance of Pasqual Guzman. He participated in a dance-drama recital of Julia de Burgos at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the Ballet Company. The New York Post called his performance "Poignant and Compelling".
Soon, Felipe started to venture into the nightclub scene and at the same time his aunt introduced him to other influences in dance and recommended that he honor his father's heritage by dressing in his tribal regalia - this led to the "Indian" attire. ...
Can't Stop the Music is a musical comedy film directed by Nancy Walker in 1980. It is a pseudo-biography of disco's Village People which bears no resemblance to the actual story of the group's formation.The film was shot at MGM studios in Hollywood in 1979 with location shooting in San Francisco and New York City. Released well after the disco craze had peaked in the United States, the film was a major critical and commercial failure and only did well in Australia. Since its initial failure, however, Can't Stop the Music has gained something of a cult status as a camp film. Can't Stop the Music was the recipient of the first "Worst Picture" award at the 1980 Golden Raspberry Awards.Jack Morell (Guttenberg) is a composer looking for a band to play his songs. His roommate Samantha Simpson (Perrine), a supermodel who retired at the peak of her popularity, hears some of his songs when he DJs at a local disco and agrees to use her connections in the music industry to get him a record deal.... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080492