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Antonio el Bailarín

  • Antonio Ruiz Soler, better known as Antonio el Bailarín, at a flamenco  © EFE

    Antonio Ruiz Soler, better known as Antonio el Bailarín, at a flamenco © EFE



Dance, Flamenco



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"Dancer, flamenco dancer and choreographer. His whole life was dedicated to Spanish dance, to which he contributed various unforgettable choreographies."

Antonio Ruiz Soler was born in Seville in 1921, and died in Madrid in 1996. He began his training as a child in the academy of Maestro Realillo, who started by teaching him stick dancing. His habitual partner, Rosario, danced with him since he was seven years old. In 1937 he began his association with the impresario Marquesi. Together they went on tour around Latin America, which opened the doors to the United States. In 1952 he separated from Rosario and began a new artistic phase. In 1953 he formed his company Antonio Ballet Español, which had its debut in the gardens of the Generalife with 'Lament for Manuel de Falla' by the composer Vicente Asensio. His choreography for 'The Three-cornered Hat' by Falla is particularly outstanding. In 1980 he was named artistic director of the Spanish National Ballet. He died in Madrid in 1996.


Great Cross of Isabella the Catholic (1950)
Gold Medal from the Fine Arts Academy (1952)
Extraordinary Gold Medal from the Círculo de Bellas Artes (1959, 1960)
Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Dance, England (1962)
Medal of Honour from the United Nations (1963)
First Prize at the Academy of Dance in Paris (1963)
Silver Medal for Tourist Merit (1964)
Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Dance, Sweden (1964)
Gold Medal at the New York World Fair (1964).
Gold Medal from the Moscow School of Dance (1966).
National Flamenco Award from the Flamenco Chair in Jerez (1966)
Gold Medal from La Scala, Milan (1967)
Gold Medal from the Spanish Institute of New York (1979)

Essential works

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    Alegro de Concierto

    Splendid Spanish classical choreography by Antonio 'el Bailarín', to music by Enrique Granados.

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    El amor brujo

    'El amor brujo' ('Love, the magician') by Falla, in the flamenco version by Antonio 'el Bailarín', was a major international hit.

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    The three-cornered hat

    Antonio 'el Bailarín' once again sought inspiration in the work of the composer Manuel de Falla in this flamenco version of the ballet 'The three-cornered hat'.

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    Fandangos por verdiales

    Antonio 'el Bailarín' brings to the stage this dance and the popular festivities with such a deeply-rooted tradition in certain areas throughout the province of Malaga.

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    Fantasía Galaica

    The choreographer and flamenco dancer Antonio 'el Bailarín', brought the Galician legend of the Holy Company to the world of dance.

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