Liliana Ruiz was raised in Mexico City in a Spanish culture-based home. She started dancing classical ballet at the age of six. Shortly thereafter, she began Classical Spanish dance and Flamenco. She was inspired by her family's deep-rooted passion for the arts.
Ms. Ruiz reached her first dancing career achievements when she was 12 years old. She was already teaching ballet when her class was examined by the Royal Academy of Dance. Liliana got recognition for being the youngest dance instructor with excellent teaching results. When approaching her 13th birthday, she was asked to perform professionally in Culiacan Sinaloa (Mexico). Ever since, Liliana has been actively performing, choreographing, and studying a diversity of dances, including flamenco. Her flamenco master teachers in Mexico include Chunny Amaya, Winny Amaya, Cristobal Reyes, Mario Maya and Cristina Aguirre, among others.
Liliana studied classical Spanish Dance with Milagros Rioja and Pilar Rioja. She specializes in Classical Spanish with castanets, Folklore and Flamenco. Her notable dancing credits include performances in Carmen with opera singer Placido Domingo at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, Premier Club with Julio Iglesias, Noches Españolas (Spanish Nights) with the “Poeta de Granada” (Granada Poet) Manuel Benitez Carrasco. Her experience allowed her to choreograph and participate in plays such as Cyrano de Bergerac by Roberto Sen and Don Juan Tenorio by Gonzalo Vega at the Teatro Helénico, Los poetas que hablan tan alto by Ricardo Brust at Teatro San Jerónimo, and El rey de los gorilas at the Teatro de los Insurgentes.
Ms. Ruiz served as Artistic Director for the Centro Asturiano dance ensemble for ten years. This group performed at the magnificent Palacio de Bellas Artes, and had the honor to perform a few times for the King Juan Carlos I of Spain, his wife Queen Sofia, and Prince Felipe of Asturias.
Liliana Ruiz taught at the Spanish Academy of Dance Rioja for a few years. She then created her own dance school/company Suspiro Español, which performed twice a year at the Teatro Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Suspiro Español was sold out at all performances.
Performances in the United States
When Liliana moved to the United States in 2000, she joined the company New York Express, and performed throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Shortly after, Liliana started to dance with local companies and in theatres in NY and Philadelphia, such as the Cashama Theatre (Broadway), the Wilma Theater, the Painted Bride, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Annenberg Center, and the Kimmel Center at the International Festival of the Arts. In the USA, Liliana continued her flamenco studies with masters such as Raquel Heredia, Rosario Toledo, Almudena Fernández, Juana Amaya, Chiqui de Jerez, Antonio Hidalgo, Belén Maya, Isabel Bayón, Angel Atienzo, Pilar Ortega, Manuela Rios, La Meira, among others.
Ms. Ruiz has performed Classical Spanish dances with the two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero and the Philly POP’s at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, as well as with the Atlantic Bay Symphony, the Pottstown Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony, and the NJ Patriots Symphony directed by Dan Spalding. Liliana danced, choreographed and created a flamenco character of Carmen with the Virtuosi Orchestra of Philadelphia directed by Daniel Spalding.
Liliana choreographed the play called Azul, produced by La Fábrica Theater Company, shortly after she choreographed the play-show "Las Estaciones del Alma" The Seasons of the Soul A story based in a real-life situation, interpreting the seasons of nature with the cycles of life through music and dance. Right now, she is working on the second part of this story based in real live events, "Matices del Alma" Nuances of the Soul.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Liliana performed virtually with the Up Town Knauer West Chester Theatre and did FB live with different venues reaching up to more than 2,300 views at once. She also performs at Ole Tapas twice a month and with the band La Revancha internationally and throughout the USA including NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego.
Liliana teaches Flamenco weekly in Philadelphia at CSN Productions in Scotts Mills
3510 Scotts Lane CSN Productions Studio Suite 3015 - A Philadelphia, PA 19129
More information about the classes can be found on the Flamenco classes page.