Carmen Rojas in VillaJardines

Sometimes life is super generous and it allows you to interact with people who have led incredible lives. Please let me introduce you to Carmen Rojas, a dancer who has been caressed by time.

Carmen Rojas has just been interviewed by Spain’s top dance blogger, Mercedes Albi, from Albidanza. Carmen’s name is written in gold characters in the history of Spanish Dance. This is the interview and even if you don’t understand Spanish, you might still enjoy the pictures (look at a very young Kirk Douglas!)

Carmen Rojas and Mercedes Albi. Photo from Albidanceweb, please do not reproduce

Carmen Rojas and Mercedes Albi. Photo from Albidance, please do not reproduce. Picture taken in Villajardines

Who is Carmen Rojas?

She was a usual dancing partner of Antonio Ruiz Soler (nicknamed el Bailarín), Spain’s greatest dancer ever.

She started to dance when she was “8 or 9 years old” and never went to school.

Her first teacher was María de Román ate the age of 15.

Her debut was at the age of 15 with Rafael de Córdoba in Barcelona.

She joined Antonio Ruiz Soler’s company in 1952, after improvising the audition. She debuted in her new company at the Granada Festival in 1953

She appears in the movie “Honeymoon” (Michael Powell) where a mother tells Antonio to watch her daughter to dance and they end up dancing together. It really happened when she was a girl.

Her preferred role with Antonio Ruiz Soler was Garcia Lorca’s “The gypsy zorongo”

She danced for Jackie and John Kennedy.

She danced with Gene Kelly.

She flirted with Kirk Douglas and Yves Montand.

She has a street.

She is magic!

Letter from John Kennedy to Carmen Rojas. Photo from Albidanza (please do not reproduce)

Letter from John Kennedy to Carmen Rojas. Photo from Albidanza (please do not reproduce)

About Rafael Martinez-Cortiña

21st century life explorer in Madrid, a city that makes sense
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