Carmencita (claimed Seville, Spain as her birthplace) was a Spanish-style dancer in American pre-vaudeville variety and music-hall ballet. Today, she is noted for her role in an eponymous short documentary and by having her portrait painted by such notable artists as John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase and James Carroll Beckwith. According to film historian C. Musser, Carmencita was the first woman to appear in front of an Edison motion picture camera and may have been the first woman to appear in a motion picture within the United States. In the film she is recorded going through a routine she had been performing at Koster & Bial's in New York since February 1890.


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