Ms. Segovia passed away on September
24, 2003. This is a great loss to the international dance community.
We thank her for her contribution to the art of dance.
Rosita Segovia has successfully transformed an
international performing career into an equally brilliant second life as a choreographer.
Born in Barcelona, she began dancing professionally at the age of 12 with the prestigious
Liceo de la Opera de Barcelona, becoming a principal bailarina there. In 1953, she became
the partner of the world famous Spanish dancer Antonio, and held the title of principal
bailarina estrella in his company until 1973-performing in the great theaters around the
world under the aegis of Sol Hurok. Among her greatest triumphs were works by Leonid
Massine: Capriccio Espanol, The Three Cornered Hat and El Amor Brujo. After retiring from
the stage, Segovia began to create a huge body of work that is in demand on both sides of
the Atlantic. She has developed a unique style...a new way of presenting Spanish dance. In
the same way that classical ballet evolved under Balanchine, Spanish dance has taken a new
direction under her extraordinary talent. She has accomplished many notable projects
throughout her career, and has been recognized with many honors....from the Gold Medal
from the Beaux Arts Academy in Spain in 1958, to the National Endowment for the Arts
Fellowship in 1992.