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 www.northshorecenter.org or call 847-673-6300.