Ensemble Español
Paloma Gómez

Dancer / Choreographer

About Paloma Gómez

Paloma Gómez is a dancer with an incredible career that began at age 17 with the Ballet Nacional de España. She is a master of the disciplines of flamenco, escuela bolera, classical ballet, folklore and Spanish classical dance and also she has transferred her art to the big screen through the film 'Rotas/Broken'.

From the age of three she starts a life devoted to dance in all its forms and studies at several renowned schools as the National Spanish Ballet School and Maria de Ávila Dance School in Madrid .

Through her extensive formative years, she is taught by outstanding masters of dance including: Lola de Avila (Classical Ballet), José Antonio (current director of the National Ballet of Spain) with whom she will later share the stage as lead dancer, Azary Plisetsky (Classical Ballet), Jorge Esquivel (Classical Ballet), Victoria Eugenia “Beti” (Classical Spanish Dance), Paco Romero (Classical Spanish Dance), Goyo Montero (Jazz Dance), Carl París (Modern and Contemporary Dance) and Pedro Azorín (Spanish Folklore).

She´s graduate with the highest qualification for the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance “Mariemma” at Madrid in Classical Spanish Dance, Escuela Bolera and Flamenco speciality.

At the age of 17 she becomes a member of the National Ballet of Spain where she will stay for four and a half years.

Always as lead dancer, she will later partake, amongst others, in companies such as ‘José Antonio and the Spanish Ballets' under direction of José Antonio and the ‘New Ballet of Spain' under direction of Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, where she's also costume designer of some of this company productions and assistant artistic director. With them she will dance in some of the most prestigious theatres around the world. In 2000 she founds her own dance company and directs two shows: ‘De Lunares' and ‘De Tapas' touring at national and international level both as dancer, director and choreographer.

In recent years, and in all the above roles, she has twice represented Spain in the Caracas International Dance Stars Festival ( Venezuela ). She has also choreographed a version of ‘Carmen' for the International Taiwan Artists Association, one of the most influential arts production companies in Asia . She has also recently taken part for the third time as guest dancer in the Chicago Spanish Dance Festival organised by the Northeastearn Illinois University of Chicago , where she also impart classes of Classical Spanish dance, Spanish Folklore and Flamenco.

She is invited by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School ( Canada ) to give a conference on Spanish dance history. The Professional Dance Conservatory of Granada, the Professional Dance Conservatory of Córdoba, the Professional Dance Conservatory of Málaga and the Higher Dance Conservatory of Valencia invite her as a lecturer on the subject of stylised Spanish dance during the cultural weeks of 2008, 2009 and 2010. Also she distributes flamenco master classes in Israel (Amishav Community Center de Petach Tikva and Jerusalem ) and Australia ( Studio Flamenco School in Adelaide , Danza Viva in Perth, Casa del Compás in Perth, Laura Uhe in Melbourne, The Flamenco Center Canberra and Pasion Flamenco Dance School in Sydney ).

She has been a guest artist for the Ensemble Español's annual American Spanish Dance & Music Festival in Chicago for the last seven seasons since 2007. She has choreographed some works on the company. A contemporary Flamenco drama titled Encuentros (Encounters) and an old style Spanish Dance choreography (Bolera School) “Boleras”

Between 2008 and 2012, the Professional Conservatory of Dance of Granada, Professional Conservatory of Dance of Córdoba, Superior Conservatory of Dance of Valencia and the Professional Conservatory of Dance of Málaga, invited her as specialist teacher of Spanish Dance during the Cultural Week.

Was guest star artist by the Alicia Alonso Institut of Dance at the Juan Carlos I University in Madrid, dancing at the gala concert tribute to Alicia Alonso in the 20th Anniversary of the institut creation, celebrating at the Teatro de la Zarzuela of Madrid, with the attendance of Her Magesty the spanish queen Doña Sofía.

Main character in the shortmovie "Umbrales" under direction of Luis Lorente. Its world premier was at the International Latin Film Festival of Chicago in 2012, at the Cervantes Institut in the same city.

During March 2010 she´s creating a new classical Spanish dance choreography named "Encounters" for the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre of Chicago, in residence of the Northeastern Illinois University of Chicago.

Between 2008 and 2010 se created two productions with her own company; “Reencuentro” whose premier was in December 2008 and "Ahora que te has ido" in 2010.

She was invited as guest artist at St. Louis Spring Dance Festival in 2011. During this year she created some new choreographies, "Alhambra" for the Professional Conservatory of Dance of Granada whose premier was into the International Music and Dance Festival of Granada and "Boleras" for the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater of Chicago, whose premier will take place at the International Spanish Dance Festival of Chicago 2012.

Her last production for her own company Paloma Gómez Flamenco & Spanish Dance is "Rotas/ Broken" which premier was on May 2014 at Teatro Marquina in Madrid during two weeks, which it was a big success. Now “Rotas” will have its international world premier at Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium of Chicago on November 2014.

In 2016 she has the premier of the film "Rotas, dancing real life" where she is one of the main characters with Raquel Gómez, Juanjo Artero and Andoni Ferreño and under direction of Luis Lorente, at Latin Film Festival of Chicago. Months later it will take place the national premier at Cine Palafox and Palacio de la Prensa in Madrid.

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