College Credit Courses
As part of the dance program at Northeastern Illinois University, and under the auspices of the Music Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, the college-level Spanish Dance courses remain an integral component of a liberal arts education, and are open to all students. Currently taught by the Ensemble Español’s artistic director, Irma Suarez Ruiz, the Spanish Dance program was the first of its kinds at a state university when founded by Dame Libby Komaiko.
Classes continue and extend the Ensemble Español’s mission to promote, preserve, and present all styles of Spanish dance, including Flamenco, folkloric, and classical. Students gain a deeper knowledge of this culturally specific art form, and participate in recitals and performances, as well as behind-the-scenes production roles. These include lighting, sounds, costume design, prop construction, distribution of public relations and marketing materials, and producing live concerts for public audiences. Students develop such skills as leadership direction, artistic collaboration, team-building, project planning and management, as well as critical and creative thinking.
Many dance students have continued their professional development and training with the Ensemble Español, and performing and teaching opportunities are possible for dedicated students. This has led to many instances of greater professional experience and continued success after graduation. For eligible students, scholarships are available.
For more information on the Academic Spanish Dance Program, please contact Ensemble Español artistic director, Irma Suárez Ruiz at (773) 442-5926 or at I-Ruiz@neiu.edu.