The mission of the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater is to preserve, promote and present the Flamenco, folkloric, classical, Escuela Bolera and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain.
Pictured below is Crystal Ruiz, daughter of Ensemble Español's Artistic Director Irma Suárez Ruiz, in Dame Libby’s actual Flamenco Zapateado costume striking the same pose as Dame Libby, featured in the background. Photo credit: NEIU alum and former company dancer, Joel Maisonet.
Ways to Give to Ensemble Español:
Honor our seniors by giving to the Zelda Kolber Senior Program, which provides provide meaningful arts programming to underserved seniors.
The Dame Libby Komaiko Legacy Fund for Ensemble Español 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. For generational support, consider the Endowment Fund will expose future generations of students to the beauty of Spanish dance.
$50 for 50th Anniversary Celebration 2025: The pledge of $50 for our 50th season will allow you to provide support in the amount of $50 for a 12-month period. The proceeds will support dancer training in the following year. Donations will be matched by the Hurvis Foundation through Dec. 31, 2023.