Light, graceful, . movements and a natural elegance made Matilde Choral (born: Matilde Corrals Gonzalez) one of the most successful flamenco dancers of the 1960s and early-1970s. During her nearly two decade-long career as a dancer, Choral received awards in Cordoba (1965 and 1968) and Seville, where she became the only flamenco dancer to receive the prestigious Llave De Oro De Baile (Golden Dancing Key) in 1972. She received a national award from the chair of flamencology of Juarez in 1970. In addition to receiving a UNICEF award from the King and Queen of Spain and a King San Fernando of Seville award in 1986, Choral received flamenco's greatest award, the Campas Del Cante, in 1997. According to Flamenco World, her old and rhythmical air, her unpolluted flamenco style; her appearance, living image of Pastora Imperio; her rounded arms and her shawl matched perfectly well with the period. Choral's greatest influence has come through her work as a choreographer and, since 1967, the director of the Matilde Choral Academy Of Dance, the world's only accredited school for aspiring Spanish dance teachers. Choral served as choreographer and main dancer in Carlos Suares' films, Sevillanas and Flamenco. A student of Adelita Domingo, Choral launched her career at the Grill of the Madrid Hotel. Together with flamenco dancers Farruco and Rafael El Negro, she became a founding member of the trio, The Bolecos. Her brother, El Mimbre, was also a world class flamenco dancer.
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