In 2005, Ms. Ibarra and her husband moved to Spain, where she studied at the world-renowned Centro de Arte Flamenco y Danza Española, Amor de Dios in Madrid. While she was there, she studied with flamenco masters, such as: La Truco, David Paniagua, Inmaculada Ortega, Marta Jimenez, and Manuel Reyes Maya, the latter being her primary influence during that time. While in Madrid, Ms. Ibarra also performed at the tablao, El Juglar, in the historic Flamenco district of Lavapiés.
In addition to her solo work, Ms. Ibarra has collaborated with many other artists. She performed as a featured dancer in the Briseyda Zarate Flamenco Dance Company. She collaborated with Collage Dance Theatre’s 25th anniversary performance, Governing Bodies at Los Angeles City Hall in 2010, under the artistic direction of Heidi Duckler. She joined Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre for a reprise of Governing Bodies at Ventura City Hall in 2015. She regularly works in partnership with Karina Velasco and her company, Cuatro Caminos Flamenco, as well with Claudia de la Cruz and her company. She continues to perform with Linda Andrade, and she is a featured dancer in her company Sakai Flamenco, which works in collaboration with the Los Angeles Music Center to bring Flamenco performances to Los Angeles area schools. Because of her various projects and collaborations, Ms. Ibarra was nominated for and accepted into the International Dance Council at UNESCO in 2014.
Audience members and peers have described her as possessing deep musicality, elegant arms, and detailed hand technique, aire, and an infectious joy for dancing. Mrs. Ibarra is often introduced as a dancer that embodies the true intensity of Flamenco, primarily due to her expressiveness and powerful stage presence. She has been teaching at local dance studios since returning from Spain and is regularly invited to local schools as a master teacher and guest performer. Mrs. Ibarra can be seen performing regularly at various venues on the local Los Angeles and Southern California Flamenco circuits.