Flamenco legend Farruquito dances here this weekend

International flamenco dancer, Farruquito, will make his debut in Costa Rica Friday and Saturday with a Teatro Nacional performance.

Born Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya, the Seville, Spain, native came into the dance world as a child prodigy. His father, known by the stage name El Moreno, was a flamenco cantaor or singer and his grandfather, Farruco, was a bailaor who founded a dance school.

Trained in the pure flamenco art, a 4-year-old Farruquito shared the Broadway stage with his family and other legends.

Now, at 30, the artist has achievements that include him in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic opening ceremony, London’s Royal Festival Hall, at Teatro Central in Seville for a season and at the Spain’s Gala de los Premios Max award show.

In the United States, Farruquito has graced stages in New York and Boston with his precise moves. The New York Times critiqued him as “the best artist who set foot in the Big Apple in 2001.” People magazine named the dancer one of the most beautiful people in the world in 2003, and the Academy of Music issued him an award for the smooth sound of his feet.

He is considered one of the most influential dancers in the 21st century, said a Teatro Nacional release. In his Costa Rica show, Farruquito will unveil his latest choreography work.

“We will be witnesses of the world premiere in Costa Rica of his most recent choreography designed by himself and by an icon of flamenco, Spanish choreographer Antonio Canales, and featuring a cast of first world level where stands out the guest dancer Karime Amaya,” theater spokespersons said.

The program will be in Sala Principal and begins at 8 p.m.

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