February 6, 1996 in Nation/World

Noted Flamenco Dancer Dies At 74

Compiled From Wire Services

Antonio Ruiz Soler, one of Spain’s most respected flamenco dancers, died Monday. He was 74.

National radio quoted relatives as saying Ruiz Soler died at his home in Madrid from a stroke.

Known in the 1950s and 1960s as “El Bailarin” (The Dancer), Ruiz Soler capped a lifetime of awards in 1992 when he received Spain’s Fine Arts Gold Medal from King Juan Carlos.

Born in Seville, Ruiz Soler began performing as a child - dancing at parties for wealthy families and royalty in his native city and the surrounding Andalucia region.

With the outbreak of the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War, he headed for Latin America, where he toured as a dancer. He was especially popular in Argentina.

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