Latin dance group celebrates 35 years

June 12, 2011 6:50:55 AM PDT
Chicago's Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater promotes Spanish dance culture in all its forms.

This year, it is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the American Spanish Dance & Music Festival from June 16 to June 26.

One dancer and teacher, Israel Sanchez, has an amazing story to tell. In 2001, he was diagnosed with Brocheactasis, a genetic, obstructive lung disease with no cure. In 2004, he received a double-lung transplant. Sanchez was born in Chicago, but spent most of his life in Puerto Rico, where he developed a passion for cultural arts.

Sanchez and several fellow dancers of the Ensemble Espanol joined us in our ABC7 studio to give us a taste of Latin culture. You can catch the group during the festival.

35th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival
June 16 to June 26

Northeastern Illinois University

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.

Thursday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
- Duende Flamenco Music & Dance Concert
- Northeastern Illinois University

June 17 - 23
- Northeastern University Dance Studios
- 7 days of Spanish master dance classes
- Flamenco guitar & singing classes

For tickets, visit or call 847-673-6300.

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