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Antonia Santiago Amador (Barcelona, December 24, 1946), best known as La Chana, is a Spanish ‘bailaora gitana‘ (gypsy dancer). She is considered self-taught, and the dancer Antonio Canales described her as “his Master“.
She is considered a virtuous of rhythm, whistles and feet, and she had two stages of professional splendor: one from 1966 to 1979 and another one from 1985 to 1991, both interrupted by a five-year period of artistic silence.
She visited us in Amsterdam in our 2017 edition, on the occasion of the premiere of the documentary film La Chana, by Lucija Stojevic, where she reveals the reason her career came to such an abrupt end.