Carmen Amaya


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(b Granada, 1913; d Bagur, 19 Nov. 1963)

Spanish dancer. Born into a dancing family she first performed in public at the age of 4, dancing in the waterfront bars of Barcelona. She began her international career in 1923 with Raquel Meller's company then went on to tour the world with her own company, many of whom were members of her family, gaining international fame for the fierce passion of her dancing and her unusual incorporation of male footwork into female dances. She was married to the guitarist Juan Antonio Aguero.

Subjects: Dance.

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