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Latino Daily News

Friday February 11, 2011

Flamenco Legend Manolo Vargas Dies in Mexico at the Age of 98

The Mexican National Fine Arts Institute and the entire world of flamenco dance is mourning the passing of the legendary dancer Manolo Vargas at the age of 98.

Vargas, was born in Jalisco Mexico, studied in Mexico City and danced the flamenco all over the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1942.  He proceeded to establish his own dance troupe in 1955 and continued as a flamenco dancer until his death.

Vargas, whose real name is Jose Aranda, started dancing late in life at the age of 30 and was identified as a natural by none other than the pioneer of flamenco Jose Greco.