“The Golden Age of the Spanish Dance” by Michael Miguel Bernal
The classical Escuela Bolero Spanish dance is a mixture of Spanish folkdance and the Italian-French school of dance. The Andalusian part of the Spanish dance art form and its origins are shrouded in darkness and mystery, and this intrigue has made the of art of flamenco popular today. The guitarist, singers and dancers are working off their given emotions, making this a kaleidoscope of dance. Flamenco is a fusion of four elements, dance, song, guitar and percussion (castanets, cajon, palmas).
Nana Lorca and Jose Greco
The history of dance and some of the most famous dancers in the last century are covered in this new book entitled “The Golden Age of Spanish dance” to be published in four segments. Part one will cover the history of the early Spanish dance and the contribution it made on American dancers Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Niles, Carola Goya and La Meri. Two bios highlight the careers of Antonia Merce “La Argentina” and Vicente Escudero, while in Europe and America. The release is scheduled for July 2020.
Part two will detail the careers of La Argentinita, Pilar Lopez and Rosario & Antonio. All spent years in the United States performing and perfecting their talent. Part three will follow the dance careers of two dancers who were the product of the previous dancers, Jose Greco and Nana Lorca. The last part will be more California based including ballet-Spanish dancer Carmelita Maracci, followed by Antonio Triana, Lola Montes, Inesita and Dolores & Jose Fernandez.
Rosario and Antonio