Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater in residence at Northeastern Illinois University in Rendicion by Irma Suarez Ruiz (photo by Dean Paul).

The elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture will be front and center this June in Ensemble Español's 38th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, Wednesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 22. Three crowd-pleasing, live music and dance Flamenco Passion Gala performances will cap the festival at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m. The performances will feature the world premiere of “Mil Clavos” (One Thousand Nails), a new, full company, Spanish contemporary ballet suite in three movements, created by award-winning choreographer and former Ensemble Español and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company dancer Ron De Jesũs in collaboration with Ensemble Español, to honor of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre and founder Dame Libby Komaiko.  

The festival features performances by guest artists, a comprehensive series of 57 master classes and workshops, costume exhibits, “Meet the Artist” sessions and more.

Under the artistic direction of founder Dame Libby Komaiko and associate artistic director, Irma Suárez Ruiz, Ensemble Español Center for Spanish Dance & Music is internationally recognized as a premier center for Spanish dance, music, art, culture and education in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. Its dancers, singers, instrumentalists with international guest artists promote and preserve Spanish dance culture in all its forms from classical, folkloric, Flamenco and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain from the renaissance through the 21st century . In 1982, Dame Libby became the first American artist in history to be decorated with Spain's highest honor "Lazo de Dama" (Ribbon of the Dame) de la Orden de Isabel La Católica by his Majesty Don Juan Carlos I, King of Spain. The award recognized the legendary dancer and choreographer for her artistic, cultural and educational work throughout the United States.

For more information about Ensemble Español's 38th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival visit ensembleespanol.org.

Dame Libby's Ensemble Espanol Returns with 38th  Festival this Summer