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.