About

Ritmo Flamenco was founded in 2011 with the purpose of bringing Spanish cultural awareness through Flamenco.

Flamenco is truly an art form by and for the people. Flamenco continues to inspire and resonate with audiences all over the world. It has transformed itself over time to absorb multicultural and multiple modern influences. This form of music and dance has been passed down primarily from oral tradition, giving it a unique and powerful voice that has been embraced across cultures and borders.

Ritmo Flamenco offers performances for cultural celebrations as well as family and corporate events. For more information, please contact us ritmoflamenco@live.com.

Members Bio

Diane Coronado-Campbell

Diane Campbell began dancing later than most, and in an unconventional way. But nothing Diane does is conventional. During her formative years, Diane spent most of her time involved in gymnastics. While her background as a child and young adult involved movement, it was not the traditional route most dancers take. It was not until her young adult years, that she was introduced to formal ballet. Those classes piqued her interest in performing arts.

As she sought out different forms of dance, she pursued her Bachelors degree in Electronic Media from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and shortly after, received her Masters of Arts in Education from National-Louis University in Evanston.

Inspired by Martha Graham, the founder of modern dance, who started her dance career at an age considered to be too old, Diane sought out Flamenco. She had always had a passion for performing arts, but that passion was reignited by Flamenco, following time spent in Europe.

Her Flamenco training began 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 Nascimento, Chiara Mangiameli, Libby Komaiko, Vida Peral, Timo Lozano, Marija Temo, and Emilia Galvez.

Diane 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.

She is currently a resident of Naperville and continues her studies with world renowned Master teachers.

Gabriela Galvez

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Ms. Galvez comes from a family of dancers and musicians.  She began her dance career at the age of 9. Her dance career includes Spanish Classical, Regional Dance (Spain), and Flamenco. She studied extensively at Las Cabales in Mexico for 8 years under the direction of Lyla Pratts de Barzee and Gaby Espinoza de los Monteros. She continued her studies at Estudio de Danza Jacobo Palafox for 4 years under the supervision of Chiquina Palafox and Graciela Nieto. She then continued onto Zayi Estudio de Danza with Ana Maria Jurado.

Her more recent studies in Flamenco include Master teachers from the United States, Mexico, and Spain. Her career continues to include world class dancers such as Queti Clavijo, La Terremoto, Dionsia Garcia, and Emilia Galvez, her sister. Additional teachers include Rosa Maria Espeso, Maria Antonia Martinez, Lily Mayo, and Maria Romo.  Performance experience include Degollado Theater, Torres Bodet Theater, and Alarife Martin Casillas Theater, all located in Mexico.

Mithra Zaucha

Mithra’s musical journey began at the age of 4.  She studied classical piano at 4 and violin at the age of 9. Her classical training took her down the usual path of recitals, camps, and competitions at a young age. As an adult, she joined various ensembles, orchestras, and continued to train taking master classes. Mithra’s musical career lead her to play violin at the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.

In 2006, after a brief interruption in her musical career to raise a family, she enrolled in a belly dance class.  Quickly she embraced the dance and continued her dance training in various styles of Oriental dance including: Egyptian, tribal fusion, and American Tribal Style. Mithra received certification in American Tribal Style and currently teaches belly dance in Bolingbrook.  In addition, she is a Flamenco student of Diane Coronado-Campbell since 2012 and performs as a dancer in her student ensemble.