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Toni Basil began her career as a dancer and assistant choreographer, working on such shows as Hullabaloo choreographed by David Winters. Later, she choreographed the hit film American Graffiti and also began appearing in films, including the now-classic Easy Rider After several films, she launched her music career with her first album, "Word of Mouth", in , which was released both as a record and a video, quite an innovation at the time. Culled from that album was a innocent little ditty called "Mickey", which soon became a massive hit all over the world, first in Britain. The song topped the American music charts in December , and the video directed by Basil, as were all of her others still receives airplay, today.
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Antonia Christina Basilotta born September 22, , better known by her stage name Toni Basil , is an American singer, actress, choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker, best known for her multi-million-selling worldwide hit " Mickey " , which reached No. Basil was born Antonia Christina Basilotta in Philadelphia. Her father, Louis Basilotta, was an orchestra leader who conducted orchestras at the Chicago Theatre and at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas , among other locations. While her family was living in Las Vegas where Antonia attended high school, she was one of the sports cheerleaders for the Las Vegas High School Wildcats , and graduated as part of the class of Already known by the nickname "Toni" by this time, she later incorporated her cheerleading experience into her dance career  and her performance of "Mickey" in both performing the selection and choreographing its video. The cheerleader uniform that she wore in the video was a redesigned version of the one she wore in high school. Basil started dancing professionally in childhood, but her career started when she served as an assistant choreographer to David Winters and as a dancer on Shindig! In addition, she was assistant choreographer and a dancer on the concert film The T.