(orig. Juan Manuel Fernandez Montoya; b Seville 1982)
Spanish dancer. As descendent of a long line of gypsy flamenco dancers (his mother was the dancer Farruca, his grandfather the dancer Farruco) he trained at the family school and made his stage debut aged 5 in the Broadway run of Flamenco Puro. At the age of 11 he appeared in Carlos Saura's film Flamenco and at the age of 15, after the death of his grandfather, he assumed the role as head of the family dynasty. A dancer of exceptional fluidity, beauty, and speed he positioned himself as one of the leading exponents of traditional (puro) flamenco and as the star of his own family-based troupe achieved international acclaim. (In 2003 the US magazine People placed him in their list of the ‘World's Most Beautiful People’.) His involvement in a fatal traffic incident, and subsequent criminal charges kept him off stage between 2004 and 2008, after which he returned in the production Puro.