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IN MEMORIAM: DAME LIBBY KOMAIKO 1949-2019

February 5, 2019

“They say that every dancer dies twice: once when they stop dancing and once when they leave this world,"said Richard J. Helldobler, former Provost and former Interim NEIU President. 

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

October 6, 2017

“An ensemble of extraordinarily beautiful, passionate, superbly skilled dancers” (The Chicago Sun-Times). Following their triumphant performances in Spain in 2016, and their fiery 40th anniversary finale at#theAud last fall,Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater returns to the Auditorium to open the 2017–18 “Made in Chicago”...

What’s Next with Ensemble Español?

What’s Next with Ensemble Español?

August 22, 2014

  Aug. 22, 2014 marks sixty days since NEIU’s very own Ensemble Español held its summertime...

Excursion to Spain

Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2012

                                    The Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Youth Company, whose home base is here at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), had the incredible once-in-a lifetime experience of traveling to Spain to study flamenco dancing with Carmela Greco, known as the “soul of flamenco,” as well as with other prominent instructors. The dance company began with a scholarship; given to Dame Libby Komaiko by Jose Greco (Carmela’s father) in the early ‘70s. Now the company provides a number of scholarships to NEIU students to dance with the Youth Company which consists of 18 American school children. Be- cause of the noble leadership of the Dance Company’s Executive Director Jorge Perez, the company was privileged to experience this educational excursion. The education trip involved dancing five hours a day, visits to the National Ballet of Spain, the Prado, the palace, Plaza de Mayor, Parque Retiro, and a visit to Casa Patas. Sara Samuels and Julia Hinhosa are two of the many teachers responsible for the Youth Company who returned to show off their newfound skills with Monica Saucedo at the Bucktown Arts Fest shortly after their return at the end of August....

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