Carmen Amaya is considered the best female flamenco dancer in history. Although she was also a talented singer, her dance moves, learned mostly on the street, made her an international superstar. The flamenco guitarist Sabicas befriended Amaya when they were both children, and their brief period of collaboration in the ’50s is still legendary in flamenco circles. Though she lived to be only 50-years-old, her style has left an indelible mark on flamenco dance.
Amaya was born in Barcelona in 1913. Her grandfather, Juan Amaya Jiménez, was a famous dancer and her father, El Chino, was a noted guitarist. Also of note, Amaya’s aunt, La Faraona, was a famous flamenco dancer in El Sacromonte, a gypsy neighborhood of Granada. By the time she was... Read More