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Back in their dancing shoes

 

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After the pandemic forced them off the stage for more than 20 months, the boys and girls of Ballet Folklórico Estrella del Mar donned their costumes and dancing shoes last week and performed for Big Shoulders Fund representatives visiting St. Mary Star of the Sea School in West Lawn. Founded in 2015 at the school, BFEDM started with several students and has grown into one of the premier youth dance companies in the Chicago area, bringing traditional Mexican culture to a wide audience. Members include students from St. Mary Star of the Sea School, as well as alumni. Pictured are Itzel Gonzalez, Elisa Hernandez, Natalia Contreras, Maelly Velasquez, Emma Lagunas, Sofia Moreno, Natalia Vasquez, Eava Zuniga, Sara Hernandez, Isabella Contreras, Elizabeth Almanza, Lili Almanza, Lucas Kozel, Diego Mora and Aaron Juarez-Butler. Dance instructors are Salvador Hernández, Cynthia Ramirez, Michaela Hernandez and Jessica Deluna.

–Photo courtesy of Michaela Hernandez

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