June Taylor, 86, the Emmy-winning choreographer for Jackie Gleason's television variety show and later the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, died May 17 at a hospital in Miami. No cause of death was reported.
She founded the June Taylor Dancers in 1942 and made her television debut in 1948 on "Toast of the Town," hosted by Ed Sullivan. Two years later, she joined Gleason's "Cavalcade of Stars," winning an Emmy for her choreography in 1954.
Gleason's show and entourage helped give Miami Beach six years of showbiz glamour that is credited by some as helping to change the face of South Florida. Gleason moved 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.
Ms. 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. The squad was accompanied by a 22-piece brass band.
She was born in Chicago and dropped out of school at age 13 to begin her dancing career. Her husband of 42 years, attorney Sol Lerner, died in 1986. She is survived by a sister, Marilyn Gleason, who is Jackie Gleason's widow and a former June Taylor dancer.