Ensemble Español's tribute to Dame Libby Komaiko. Photo by her birth daughter, Jen Miller

Letter to the Editor from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, is sorry to hear that Irene Rodríguez may have forgotten our company's mission to preserve, promote and present the flamenco, folkloric, classical, escuela bolera and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain.

Back in 2015, we were in communication with Ms. Rodríguez and her company regarding a potential choreographic partnership for our 40th Anniversary American Spanish Dance & Music Festival Gala performances. We shared many examples with her about our distinct offerings in the four styles of Spanish dance and she was impressed with our dedication to preserve all of the styles.


Ensemble Español wants Dance Magazine readers to know that American audiences do, indeed, have remarkable Spanish dance and flamenco companies in the United States. Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, thanks to our beloved founder, Dame Libby Komaiko and her mentor, Jose Greco, is extremely proud to have close to 45 years of experience in all four styles of Spanish dance. We would like to thank all of the dance enthusiasts out there who support Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, and ask you to continue to support all the arts as an institution worthy of recognition in America. ¡Olé!

—Jorge Pérez, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater's Executive & Associate Artistic Director

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