Paloma Gomez

Ms. Gomez graduated from the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance “Mariemma” in Madrid, with specialties in Classical Spanish Dance, Escuela Bolera and Flamenco. She studied with master teachers Lola de Avila (Classical Ballet), José Antonio (with whom she later shared the stage as lead dancer) Azary Plisetsky (Classical Ballet), Jorge Esquivel (Classical Ballet), Victoria Eugenia “Beti” (Classical Spanish Dance), Paco Romero (Classical Spanish Dance), Goyo Montero (Jazz), Carl París (Modern and Contemporary) and Pedro Azorín (Spanish Folklore).

At the age of 17 she became a member of Ballet Nacional de España, where she remained for four and a half years. She was also a principal dancer for José Antonio y los Ballets Españoles and Nuevo Ballet Español, under direction of Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez, where she was also a costume designer and Assistant Artistic Director. In 2000 she founded Paloma Gómez Flamenco & Spanish Dance and directed two shows: De Lunares and De Tapas. Both shows, for which she was director, choreographer and dancer, toured nationally and internationally. Since then, Ms. Gomez has traveled extensively, performing, teaching, and choreographing.

Ms. Gomez has been a guest artist for the Ensemble Español’s annual American Spanish Dance & Music Festival in Chicago since 2007 and has choreographed for the company. She was also a guest artist at the Tribute to Alicia Alonso during the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Alicia Alonso Institute of Dance at the Juan Carlos I University, celebrated at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.In her master class, Ms. Gomez will staged “Esperanza,” an original piece in a contemporary flamenco style with castanets.