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Carmen Amaya

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Spanish dancer/singer Carmen Amaya transpired in history among the greatest & most important flamenco performers from the 20th century. The Barcelona indigenous was well-known for her performing, but she was a lot more well-known for her dance — and lengthy after her loss of life, Amaya’s dance techniques have continuing to influence youthful Spaniards who research flamenco dance. Amaya was created into a category of gypsies in Barcelona on November 2, 1913 and was raised within the Somorrostro portion of the town, which was regarded as an unhealthy slum in the past, but is currently filled with pricey beachfront property. Although Amaya experienced no formal teaching like a dancer, she discovered a whole lot about flamenco from her family members, including her dad, a flamenco guitarist called Un Chino, and her aunt, La Faraona. And she also discovered a whole lot about flamenco at Pub de Manquet, a working-class flamenco hangout where she was initially employed to dance in 1924 at age ten. Pub de Manquet was where Amaya fulfilled Escudero un Gato (Escudero the Kitty), a popular gypsy dancer from Madrid who was simply the sibling of flamenco guitarist Un Pelao Viejo. Escudero un Gato’s dance techniques had a significant effect on Amaya, who became a superstar around Spain when she is at her teenagers, and became a lot more well-known in her twenties. Amaya was 22 once the Spanish Civil Battle were only available in 1936, and she still left Spain to move away from that turmoil. During her 11-season lack from Spain, Amaya journeyed all around the globe and danced in NEW YORK, Paris, and Lisbon, Portugal and performed in more information on Spanish-speaking countries that included Cuba, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. Amaya became this international superstar that in 1944, U.S. Leader Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked her to execute within the Light Home; Amaya also performed for United kingdom Perfect Minister Winston Churchill within the ’40s. Amaya came back to Spain in 1947, and by that point, the Spanish Civil Battle was over; the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, aka Un Generalíssimo, was tightly set up and would stay until his loss of life in 1975. During her life time, Amaya made an appearance in a number of movies — some in Spain, some in Mexico, plus some in Hollywood. Those movies included La Hija de Juan Simón in 1935, María de la O in 1936, Seda, Sangre con Sol in 1942, Sueñoperating-system de Gloria and Knickerbocker Visit to 1944, Observe My Attorney in 1945, and Los Tarantos in the first ’60s. Amaya was just 50 when, on November 19, 1963, she passed away of kidney failing in her indigenous Barcelona (where she was buried). In 1999, writer Paco Sevilla released his Amaya biography Queen from the Gypsies: THE LIFE SPAN and Story of Carmen Amaya. And in the 21st hundred years, Amaya’s grandniece, Omayra Amaya, offers continued to instruct flamenco dance and discusses her grand-aunt’s legacy on her behalf website.

Quick Facts


Full Name Carmen Amaya
Date Of Birth November 2, 1913
Died November 19, 1963, Begur, Spain
Profession Actor, Singer, Flamenco Dancer
Nationality Spanish
Spouse Juan Antonio Agüero
Parents Micaela Amaya, José Amaya
Siblings Antonia Amaya, Leonor Amaya, Antonio Amaya, María Amaya, Francisco Amaya
Music Songs Maria de La O, Cuando Pa Chile Me Voy, Vete con los tuyos, A los pies del Gran Poder, Tu Mal No Tie Remedio, Fiesta de Jerez, Fiesta Jerezana, Fandangos, Canasteros de Triana, San Miguel de los Reyes, Tondero, Bulerías, Jaleo por bulerías, Mi mare la Tana, Fiesta De Jerez, Ritmo De Carmen Amaya, Alegrias, Fandangos, Canto Flamenco, Fiesta Jerezana-Fiesta, Tondero, Canasteros De Triana-Bulerías, Fiesta en Jerez, Colombiana flamenca, Ritmo De Carmen Amaya, Adelfa, Jaleo Canastero, María De La O, Bulerías, Sevillanas, Tiento Canastero, Rondena, Soleares, Garrotín, Tus males no tienen remedio, Siguiriya Gitana
Albums Carmen la unica, Carmen Amaya, Reina del Embrujo Gitano, Nuevos Tientos (Mono Version), Flamenco: Carmen Amaya, Grandes Figures du Flamenco, La Reina del sacromonte, Flamencan Songs and Dances Plus Furia, Canciones Con Historia: Carmen Amaya, Chants et danses flamencos Vol. 1 (Mono Version), Vintage Flamenco Dance No. 9 - EP: Mi Mare La Tana, Flamenco Vol. 10, The Best Of Carmen Amaya, Carmen Amaya, Año 1948-50, Flamencan Songs & Dances Vols. 1 & 2, The Very Best Of, Vintage Flamenco Dance No. 11 - EP: Fiesta De Jerez
Movies Los Tarantos, Juan Simón's Daughter


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#Fact
1 Appeared in See My Lawyer (1945) with her dance company.
2 Screen, stage actress, flamenco dancer.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Los tarantos 1963 Angustias
Música en la noche 1958
Dringue, Castrito y la lámpara de Aladino 1954
Los amores de un torero 1945 Carmen
See My Lawyer 1945 Specialty
Follow the Boys 1944 Carmen Amaya and Her Company (as Carmen Amaya and Her Company)
Knickerbocker Holiday 1944 Gypsy Dancer
Panama Hattie 1942 Dancer in "Good Neighbors" Number (uncredited)
María de la O 1939 María de la O
Don Viudo de Rodríguez 1936 Short
La hija de Juan Simón 1935 Soledad

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carnages 2002 performer: "Fiesta de jerez"
Follow the Boys 1944 performer: "Merriment" - uncredited
Panama Hattie 1942 performer: "Good Neighbors" 1942 - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Música en la noche 1958 dancer - as Carmen Amaya and her flamenco dancers

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flamenco 1995 Documentary Dancer: Grupo Las Peligro
Ésta es su vida 1963 TV Series Herself
Music for You 1959 TV Series Herself - and her Spanish Dancers
The George Gobel Show 1958 TV Series Herself
Quand te tues-tu? 1953 Herself (as Carmen Araya and her Flamenco Dancers)
Aires de Andalucía 1942 Documentary short

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
L'últim ball de Carmen Amaya 2014 TV Movie
Carmen! la Capitana 2013 TV Movie Herself
La mitad invisible 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
XV Premios de la Música 2011 TV Movie Herself
Premis Gaudí de l'Acadèmia del Cinema Catal 2009 TV Special Angustias
La mandrágora 2005 TV Series Angustias
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Queen of the Gypsies 2004 Herself
El meu avi 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
XIV premios Goya 2000 TV Special Angustias
Canciones de nuestra vida 1975 Documentary Angustias

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963 Prize of the National Syndicate of Spectacle National Syndicate of Spectacle, Spain Best Actress Los tarantos (1963)


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