Inesita (1921-) is a Los Angeles-based dancer whose work and oeuvre is devoted to traditional forms of Spanish dance, including
flamenco, the Bolero School of Dance of the 18th century, and other regional dances of Spain. Since the age of fourteen, she
has performed in cabaret; film; television; musical theater; and as a soloist since the early 1950s in venues throughout Los
Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, London, Liverpool, and Valletta. The papers are a reflection
of an eight decade career and include business and personal correspondence, contracts, programs, posters, press clippings,
photographs, scripts, notes, ephemera, memorabilia, and a manuscript of Inesita's autobiography
A Dancer's Life. The collection also contains digital and audiovisual materials, which include various audio and video recordings of performances
or fragments of dance shows.
Anice Mignon (née Stahl) Dworkin, best known as Inesita, was born on July 11, 1921 in New York City to parents who were classically
trained musicians. She first studied violin and piano at an early age. Inesita's career as a Spanish dance artist began at
the age of fourteen, not long after moving to Los Angeles, CA. Her work is devoted to traditional forms of Spanish dance,
including flamenco, the Bolero School of Dance of the 18th century, and the regional dances of Spain's autonomous communities.
Her studies began in Los Angeles and Mexico with Michael Brigante, Jose Fernandez, Janet Riesenfeld, Oscar Tarriba, and Antonio
Triana; and then inevitably in Spain where she trained under the flamenco masters, Valencia y Rendón de Ávila ("El Estampio")
and Regla Ortega, as well as the Pericet Family of la escuela bolera in Madrid. Since her first show at La Golondrina Café on Olvera Street on October 7th, 1939, Inesita has performed in cabaret,
film, television, and musical theater. Since the early 1950s, she has appeared as a soloist in venues throughout Los Angeles,
San Francisco, New York City, Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, London, Liverpool, and Valletta.
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