Dancers and choreographers for the November opera La Vida Breve
Artistic Director, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (EESDT), Spanish Dance Instructor in the Music Department and Dance Program at Northeastern Illinois University 

    Irma Suarez Ruiz of Mexican – Puerto Rican descent was born in Chicago. Her formal dance training in classical ballet and Spanish dance began with Dame Libby Komaiko in 1979 at Northeastern Illinois University.  During that year she received a scholarship apprenticeship to the E.E.S.D.T.  In 1980 she became a company dancer and in 1986 was promoted to First Dancer.  She has also studied with important Spanish dancers/choreographers Maria Alba, Edo, Paco Alonso, Victorio Korjhan, Juanjo Linares, Roberto Lorca, Timo Lozano, Manolete, Carmela Greco, ballet with Ana Czajun, and  Juan Mata & Ana González, founding members of the National Ballet of Spain. In Spain she has studied with Cristian Almodovar, Aida Gomez, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Maya, La China, El Guito, Paco Romero and Candela Soto at the Amor de Dios Spanish/Flamenco dance studios.  

    Irma Suarez Ruiz performs annually for the American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and on the international dance series of the Auditorium Theater. Ms. Ruiz continues to perform in starring roles in Dame Libby Komaiko’s Bolero (Maurice Ravel), and has starred in Memorias de Vidas Gitanas, Pasión Sevillana (Joaquin Turina) as well as EESDT’s production of El Amor Brujo (Manuel de Falla) in the role of Candela choreographed by Juan Mata and Ana Gonzalez (founding members and former first dancers of the National Ballet of Spain ).

    As Artistic Director for the company, Irma Suarez Ruiz has contributed to the company’s choreographies for national and international engagements to critical acclaim. Irma is a professor of dance at NEIU and on the faculty of the E.E.S.D.T. Flamenco dance workshops open to the community.

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Diane Coronado-Campbell

Diane Coronado-Campbell
Ritmo Flamenco

    Ms. Coronado-Campbell began her Flamenco training in Chicago under the direction of Edo Sie, Master Flamenco Teacher and Dancer. This included classes and privates. After the third year, she began to take direction under Azucena Vega, Director of Soul y Duende and Mr. Sie’s wife. She was asked to join Soul y Duende as a performing student. Her performance experience includes performing with Las Riojas Flamenco Group and Olé Olé Puppet and Dance Theatre (now Clinard Dance Theatre) as a corps dancer in their production of Quest for Theseus at the Vittum Theater. Other teachers included, Michelle Nasicmento, Chiara Mangiameli, Wendy Clinard, Libby Komaiko, Vida Peral, La Conja, Timo Lozano, and Marija Temo  Diane Coronado-Campbell has studied at Amor de Dios in Madrid, Spain. Teachers include, Maria Magdelena, La Truco, Carmela Greco, and Nuria del Rio. Diane’s dance experience also includes competing in International Latin, Pro/Am with teacher/partner, Allen Desterhaft.

    Choreography for Ms. Coroadno-Campbell’s Danza Solo, Queti Clavijo and Gabriela Galvez. Rehearsal Mistress, Gabriela Galvez.

    Ms. Coronado-Campbell is a resident of Naperville and is the Founder/Owner of Ritmo Flamenco. To learn more about Ritmo Flamenco, see