Ensemble Español


Dame Libby Komaiko created and founded the Ensemble Español in 1976. After performing for the University community in 1974, in accompaniment with concert pianist and mother, Dorothy Komaiko, she became the University’s artist in residence. Two years later she created the Ensemble with five Northeastern students. Today the company trains and houses 43 dancers. Dame Libby passed away on Feb. 2, 2019. She inspired and changed the lives of countless dancers, students, and Spanish dance aficionados.

To honor her legacy and memory, the Ensemble has renamed its fund The Dame Libby Komaiko Legacy Fund for Ensemble Español. The fund will support the same initiatives that meant so much to Dame Libby and will ensure that her wish for the Ensemble to continue to bring the passion of Spanish dance to all will be honored.

Your contributions will continue to support:


Join us on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Latinicty from 11:00am to 2:00pm for our Juerga Flamenca Fundraiser, our official opening celebration of the Dame Libby Komaiko Legacy Fund. Bring your dancing shoes and castanets for a Flamenco fiesta with guest musicians, Patricia Ortega, singer, and David Chiriboga on guitar, along with dancers from Ensemble Español.

For more information and reservations call Josephine DiCesare, Director of Operations
at (773) 442-5916 or visit:

Juerga Flamenca


Raised in Chicago, Ready for the World!

The Ensemble Español has reached it’s campaign goal of  $1.5 million dollars! Thanks to your help! The Caerus Foundation Growth Grant awarded $500,000 to the Ensemble with the challenge to raise an additional $500,000 over three years ending on June 30,2019. Our goal was reached two months ahead of schedule. The Ensemble was awarded a final $500,000, for a total of $1.5 million!

Gracias for helping us reach our goal! We could not have done this without your support! Ole!


Your donation supports initiatives such as:

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Thanks to you we fulfill our mission to preserve, promote, and present the Flamenco, folkloric, classical and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain.

We remain the premier center for the study of Spanish dance in the United States, and we ensure that this art form remains accessible to everyone.

Your support reinforces this mission. You’ve helped us for the last 40 years and we thank you. Be a part of our future.




If you are a new donor, 100% of your donation is matched by the Caerus Foundation, Inc. For instance, if you give a first-time gift of $200 this season, your donation will be matched at $200, and the Ensemble Español receives $400.


If you gave a gift to Ensemble Español last season and decide to renew and increase your support, your gift is matched by the difference between last year and this year.

For instance, if you gave $500 last season and increase your gift to $1,000 this season, the additional $500 is matched at 100%, making this gift worth $1,500!


If you have donated to Ensemble Español in the past, but missed the past three seasons, the full amount of your gift is eligible. For instance, if you donate $500, your donation will be matched 100% by the Growth Grant, contributing $500. Ensemble Español receives $1,000!




Endowment Programs

Zelda Kolber Senior Program

Estate Giving Program

Silver Concert Membership

For more information please contact Josephine DiCesare, Director of Operations and Finance, at 773.442.5916 or Josephine@EnsembleEspanol.org

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