Last Updated: 02 Nov, 2023 | Views: 41
Other Profession(s): Actress, Singer, Flamenco Dancer
Famous For: First Female Flamenco Dancer To Master Footwork
Carmen Amaya Amaya was born on November 2, 1913, in the Somorrostro district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. She passed away on November 19, 1963. Carmen is a Spanish Romani flamenco dancer and singer. You might know her as one of the greatest Flamenco dancers ever. She’s been given this title by a few different people. She was also the first female dancer to master footwork that was specifically for men.
Carmen Amaya Early Life
• Carmen grew up with 11 siblings, but only six survived to adulthood. She came from an impoverished family, and her father played guitar in pubs for money. It was here when she was just a child, where she’d go out with him at night and perform while he played his guitar.
Carmen Amaya Career
• In 1930, Carmen Amaya joined the Manuel Vallejo Company. This group took her all over Spain while performing. After performing at the Teatro Español in Barcelona, she was recommended by José Cepero.
• Juan Carceller was so amazed by her that he hired her to go on tour. She stopped at several big cities, including San Sebastián. She was presented in Madrid by Luisita Esteo in 1935 at a show in the Coliseum.
• In Buenos Aires, she debuted at the Maravillas Theatre, where she came out alongside Ramón Montoya and Sabicas.
Carmen Amaya Consolidation In The United States (1941–1947)
• Carmen Amaya met influential people during her time in the US. She visited Hollywood, where she acted in movies and danced for big-name celebrities.
• Carmen moved on to New York in 1941, where she performed at Carnegie Hall with Sabicas and Antonio de Triana. At some point during her stay in the US, she also met Franklin Roosevelt, the president of the United States.
Carmen Amaya Medals And Recognition Awards
• There were several awards given to Carmen Amaya. The first of which is the Medal of Merit of Tourism in Barcelona. The second is the Lasso of the Lady of the Order of Isabel la Católica award. And lastly, she even received a title named Adoptive Daughter.
Carmen Amaya Personal Life
• In 1952, she married Juan Antonio Agüero. He was her guitarist and a member of the troupe she was in. Juan came from a distinguished family in Santander, but he wasn’t a gypsy-like her. They shared an authentic love story and had an intimate wedding.
Carmen Amaya Death
• She died in 1963 from kidney disease in Begur, Girona. This city is located in northeast Catalonia. She was buried at the Cemetery of Ciriego over in Santander.
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