Focused on creating and exploring new avenues to evolve flamenco dance, dancer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez melds the fiery passion and exhilarating footwork of flamenco with a unique Afro-Cuban flair. She has earned high praise from The New York Times
, who declared, "Ms. Rodríguez is an intense, exacting dancer; the word 'fiery,' so overused with respect to flamenco, actually suits her well." Compañía Irene Rodríguez's program in Washington DC, part of the at Kennedy Center's Artes de Cuba
, showcases different dance styles ranging from genuine flamenco like Bulerías and Tanguillo de Cádiz, to Afro-Cuban dances like guaguancó, son, and rumba, to La Guajira and La Habanera. Among her many honors, Rodríguez has been awarded First Prize in the Ibero-American Choreography Competition "Alicia Alonso" in 2012, and an award from the Author's Foundation of the Spanish General Society of Authors and Editors.