The Independent


February 5, 2019

“They say that every dancer dies twice: once when they stop dancing and once when they leave this world,"said Richard J. Helldobler, former Provost and former Interim NEIU President. 

Ensemble Español will perform “Concierto Navideño” on Dec. 16 and 17 in the auditorium.

Ensemble Español: ‘Concierto Navideño’

December 6, 2016

Ensemble Español will give students, staff, families and friends of NEIU a taste of fun and festivi...

The dance company prepares for their fortieth season.

4 Continents, 40 Years, 4,000 Performances and Counting

September 9, 2015

This year marks 40 years since Dame Libby Komaiko founded Ensemble Español, now  a globally recognized...

Principal dancer Claudia Pizarro and company dancer Juan Castellon—so much sexy!

What’s Next with Ensemble Español?

August 22, 2014

  Aug. 22, 2014 marks sixty days since NEIU’s very own Ensemble Español held its summertime...

A Word from the Executive Director of Ensemble Español

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

June 3, 2014

  “The mission of the Ensemble Español is the preservation, presentation and promotion of the three styles of the classical, folkloric, Flamenco and contemporary dance and music styles of Spain,” said Jorge Perez, Executive Director for the Ensemble Español, in a written interview with the Independent. According...

Twelve Days of Spanish Dance

Rut Ortiz, News Editor

June 3, 2014

  This summer, NEIU’s Ensemble Español for Spanish Dance will celebrate Spanish culture with its 38th International American Spanish Dance & Music Festival. This twelve-day spectacle will include flamenco, folkloric and classical styles of choreography, musical themes and costumes. Day 1: The festival begins...

Excursion to Spain

Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2012

                                    The Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Youth Company, whose home base is here at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), had the incredible once-in-a lifetime experience of traveling to Spain to study flamenco dancing with Carmela Greco, known as the “soul of flamenco,” as well as with other prominent instructors. The dance company began with a scholarship; given to Dame Libby Komaiko by Jose Greco (Carmela’s father) in the early ‘70s. Now the company provides a number of scholarships to NEIU students to dance with the Youth Company which consists of 18 American school children. Be- cause of the noble leadership of the Dance Company’s Executive Director Jorge Perez, the company was privileged to experience this educational excursion. The education trip involved dancing five hours a day, visits to the National Ballet of Spain, the Prado, the palace, Plaza de Mayor, Parque Retiro, and a visit to Casa Patas. Sara Samuels and Julia Hinhosa are two of the many teachers responsible for the Youth Company who returned to show off their newfound skills with Monica Saucedo at the Bucktown Arts Fest shortly after their return at the end of August....

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