About Claudia Pizarro
Claudia Pizarro, former first dancer of the Ensemble Español, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and started her Spanish dance studies in 2002, as part of the Summer Transition Program at Northeastern Illinois University and Proyecto Pa’Lante.
In 2003, she became an apprentice to the Ensemble Español. In 2004, she was promoted to Company Dancer, and later was named Principal Dancer.
In 2016, Claudia traveled to Spain and had the opportunity to study intensively with teachers such as Mercedes Ruiz, Patricia Guerrero, La Lupi and Manuel Liñan. Claudia performs nationally and internationally with the Ensemble Español, and has choreographed numerous duets with fellow Principal Dancer, Jose Torres. These include Flamenco Pas De Deux and Vivencias.
Claudia danced a principal role in Ron de Jesus’ Mil Clavos in 2014, and represented the company in Lane Alexander’s collaborative work In The Meantime at the Chicago Dancing Festival in 2015. In 2014, Claudia became a full-time dancer.
She used to teach Spanish dance with After School Matters throughout Chicago. Claudia is a graduate of NEIU with a degree in Finance, and she is married to company percussionist Javier Saume Mazzei. She is the proud mother of their son, Gael.
Claudia, who continues to perform and teach with the Ensemble as guest artist, is currently working and performing with the Yjastros American Flamenco Repertory Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico