Ensemble Español

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 Suárez Ruiz, the Spanish Dance program was the first of its kind 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.


The classes that we offer are:

Introduction to the three types of Spanish dance: Classical, Regional and Flamenco with emphasis on basic technique, and on Spain’s varied music; Classical, Flamenco and regional from the 13th through 20th centuries.

Continuation of DANC-131 with emphasis on the mastery of two important repertory style and their dances: Regional and Flamenco.

Continuation of DANC-161 further exploring the Classical, Regional and Flamenco styles with emphasis on mastery of technique, styles, music and theatrical history.


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.



Northeastern Illinois University, J Building Dance Studios 110 & 111

5500 N. St. Louis Avenue. Chicago, Illinois 60625


Registration and more information

or contact Irma Ruiz at 773-442-5926 or i-ruiz@neiu.edu

5500 N. St. Louis Ave Chicago, IL 60625. (773) 442.5930