Man uses dance as a form of communication and personal expression, and Spanish dancing is no exception. Spanish dancing is practiced throughout the globe and is closely associated with Spain, a country where the art of dancing is perfected. Dance may be considered a national art of Spain. Among the Spanish dances styles is Flamenco, which was named by UNESCO as an Item of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Besides Flamenco, Spanish dancers are well versed with other dance styles such as the Fandango, the Bolero, the Sevillanas, the Sardana and the Jota. Below is a list of famous Spanish dancers.

Sara Pereyra Baras

Sara’s dance style is the flamenco. Her significant contribution is bringing the dance the 21st century but with a modern flair that includes putting on menswear. Through such acts, Sara placed more emphasis a role of a woman in Spanish dance as resilient and seductive.

Born in 1971 and raised by her mother who encouraged taking up dancing, she enrolled in San Fernando, an academy she ran. One of the revolutionary dancers of modern times, she deservedly holds a place in the history of flamenco dance. Sara had the knack of transmitting emotion to a broad audience as she performed the flamenco dance albeit with a casual approach and lots of stomping footwork. She is, without doubt, an inspiring, creative dancer and played a significant role in the Cadiz school of the Baile flamenco.

Carmen Amaya

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Born in Barcelona in 1913, Amaya was a gypsy dancer and among the most copied and exceptional flamenco dancers in the 20th century. To-date no dancer has matched her aggressive dance style and quick rattling footwork. Despite heavy criticism for her non-conformist style, viewed as defeminizing, she carried on but changed her style to suit a more feminine style later in her career. Her unconventional style; enhanced by her masculine image and legs of steel were viewed a personal brand. In her honour, a monument was put in Montuic Park, Barcelona and also a street in Buenos Aires named after her. She passed away on 19th November 1963, and she’s sorely missed.

Joaquin Pedraja Reyes

Born in 1969, Reyes learned the art of dancing at the tender age of twelve, with lots of encouragement from his uncle. However, his move to Madrid saw his passion for dancing burgeon. Reyes gave the flamenco dance style an elegant and stylish image, consequently drawing critics and admirers in equal measure from around the world. With his astounding brilliance, he conquers younger cohorts globally and is looked up to by many.

Antonio Canales

Born in 1961, Seville, Antonio Canales was born into a family of flamenco performers. He is among the modern era dancers who created their style far from the long-established traditional techniques. Mixing the flamenco style with dance styles from other parts of the world, Antonio is known for being unconventional unlike many of the old-timers. He’s credited with being a forerunner in introducing the flamenco dance to stages around the world.