Suspiro Flamenco Dance Company does events in Philadelphia and the suburbs area.
Flamenco performances, Classical Spanish Dance, and Spanish folklore.
Suspiro Flamenco Dance Company that provides shows and private events:
Suspiro Flamenco Dance Company is directed by Liliana Ruiz
Liliana Ruiz-Flamenco Dancer - Director.
Acclaimed performer Liliana Ruiz was raised in Mexico City in a Spanish culture-based home. She started dancing classical ballet and performing arts at the age of six. Shortly thereafter, she began Classical Spanish dance and Flamenco, and has been actively performing ever since. Her notable dancing credits include performances with Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias and Benitez Carrasco, among others; and performances in local venues such as the Kimmel Center with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and the Suzanne Roberts and Wilma Theaters. Ms. Ruiz also founded the dance company Suspiro Flamenco, which has performed in festivals and celebrations throughout the Philadelphia area, and has choreographed musical plays and participated in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival on several occasions. Ruiz performs internationally with La Revancha. She danced and choreographed Carmen with The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Choreographed and directed the play Las Estaciones del Alma. During the pandemic she hosted online - live performances such as " A Spanish Night with Suspiro Flamenco" Now, she is working on " Matices del Alma" Nuances of the Soul" .
Yolanda Aguinaga - Singer
Flamenco singer, Yolanda Aguinaga, physiologist and flamenco singer. Yolanda was born in Pontevedra Galicia, northwest of Spain. Soon after, her family moved to the south of Spain. Yolanda was raised in Jaen Andalucía, province of the birthplace of flamenco in Spain. From an early age she started learning flamenco in several studios. She grew up attending flamenco shows, seeing flamenco street gatherings and flamenco festivals. Yolanda fell in love with the cante and the different rhythms of flamenco, ever since; she has been inspired to sing carrying an inner passion for the cante flamenco. While growing up she traveled around Europe later on, she moved to the USA. Yolanda has participated in spontaneous flamenco events, shows, peñas and has been involved with Flamenco with different professional companies. Aguinaga has been in the Philadelphia area for the past 15 years; recently she became part of Suspiro Flamenco Dance Company.
Juana Martin - Guitar player
Juana began her studies of flamenco guitar with Dominick Zullo in Princeton, NJ. Studied many years with Carlos Rubio in Philadelphia PA. Her studies have also taken her to learn from the source where Flamenco comes from, Spain. She has traveled several times to different parts of Spain to study with masters of flamenco guitar such as Manolo Sanlucar, Paco Peña, Serranito, Gerardo Nuñez and El Entri among others. Martín has performed at Meson Don Quijote, Cantina Del Dios, Tapas, Malaga and MediTierra, restaurants and numerous other establishments in the Delaware Valley area. Juana worked for many years with “Flamenco Ole '' directed by Julia Lopez and Carlos Rubio accompanying masters classes for guest artists, dancers in places and halls like The Merriam Theater, MTI, University of Penn, the International House and many colleges and universities. She has been a guest artist and worked for Raíces, The Ballet Des Jeunes and was invited to collaborate with Latin Fiesta in many of their concerts. Nowadays, Juana performs with Flamenco y Más and recently, she became part of the International Dance Company Suspiro Flamenco directed by Liliana Ruiz. Juana plays shows and lecture demonstrations. When she is not accompanying dancers, she also plays solo guitar for parties, weddings and various functions in the Delaware Valley area.
To contact Juana Martin call (609) 414-3219.
Grayson Zuber - Guitar player
World-class guitarist Blane Bostock has studied with luminaries such as Dennis Sandole, author of Guitar Lore and teacher of virtuosos John Coltrane, George Benson and Pat Martino. Over the course of his long and storied career, Mr. Bostock has performed in small groups, big bands, jazz ensembles and rock, soul, disco and country bands. He appeared as a soloist with Latin legend Johnny Pacheco at the Allentown Symphony and Annenberg Center in A Night of Latin Classics, featuring arrangements commissioned for the concert by artists such as Reuben Gonzales and Bebo Valdes. In the spring of 2018 Blane, in collaboration with Liliana Ruiz, Donna Bostock, Yajaira Paredes Productions, La Fábrica and other area performers, presented Azul: Picasso's Blue Period with Live Flamenco Music and Dance at the Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center and other venues.
Donna Bostock - Percussion
Donna Bostock has spent the last 24 years immersed in Afro-Caribbean culture; studying percussion and dance, while integrating that knowledge into performance and education. Ms. Bostock, currently a working freelance musician in percussion and upright bass, arranger/composer and music educator/director at The Philadelphia School and Academy of the New Church, has co-founded groups such as Ellas y Amigos, The Molly Blooms, Trickster Sister, and The Bostock Band. Donna has organized and participated in study programs in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Spain and Brazil in order to expand her capacity to perform and disseminate her specialization: Afro-World Rhythms and music. Her most recent creative endeavors include providing the foundation for the rhythm section on multiple instruments for Suspiro Flamenco.
Grayson Zuber - Guitar player
Grayson Zuber attended Temple's Boyer College of Music earning an MA in Theory with a classical guitar concentration. Grayson is a highly proficient guitarist who has been inspiring members of Swedenborgian New Church congregations, who attend devotional services at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, with exquisitely performed Brazilian classical and other works on a regular basis for many years. The multi-talented Mr. Zuber is currently employed as a stone mason for the Cathedral as well.
Suzzette Ortiz - Piano & Harp
Suzzette Ortiz is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, choral conductor and music educator. Her work as a music teacher has been well recognized, with countless awards and commendations for empowering inner city students through choral music. Suzzette retired from full-time teaching after 32 years of service; 27 of those in the City of Camden, New Jersey. Her high school choirs achieved first and second place awards in Italy, Prague, Puerto Rico, Ghana, Poland, Virginia, Nashville, Tennessee, New York City, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida. Suzzette continues to serve as an advocate of music education in her community. She is currently the Artistic Director at Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) music school in Philadelphia and the choir director of the Jubilee Singers acapella vocal ensemble from St, John Baptist church in Camden, New Jersey, where she strives to continue to create social change through music. Suzzette holds a Bachelors degree in piano performance with a minor in composition from the Conservatory of Puerto Rico, and a Master Degree in music education from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is versatile in many music styles, especially Latin jazz. She is a multi-instrumentalist and also plays the harp providing comfort music to patients through the Music for Healing and Transition program. She has arranged and composed choral music published by Hal Leonard, W.J. Pepper, GIA, Oregon Catholic Press, Philadelphia Jazz Real Book and World Library publications.