(born 1911 in Goldfield, Nevada, died 26 July 1987 in Hollywood, California), American concert dancer and teacher. Raised in California, Carmelita Maracci (also known as Carma Lita or Carmalita), already had a reputation as a dancer on the West Coast, when John Martin, dance critic of the New York Times, wrote in 1937, “It is rarely that a dancer so succeeds in combining exquisiteness with passion in making every movement possess not only surface finish but inner importance.” Thereafter, for the next fifteen or so years, critics could not find enough superlatives. She was called a “tornado,” one of the most electrifying performers of her generation. Sol Hurok described her as Isadora Duncan, Anna Pavlova, and Vicente Escudero in one. In Dance to the Piper (1952), Agnes de Mille left a vivid, poignant description of Maracci's theatrical power.
From The International Encyclopedia of Dance in Oxford Reference.