Come join us on October 6th for our FREE 12th Annual Night of Latin Culture Event at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Indiana.

Here is what you missed at last year’s Night of Latin Culture! #SCCLRNLC 

Opening act!!! #scclrnlc

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My talented long time friend Showing off her work!!! #scclrnlc A photo posted by Sal Bolanos (@sbolanos88) on


Puerto Rico | AfriCaribe  | El que no tiene Dinga, Tiene Mandinga | Director: Tito Rodriguez

AfriCaribe is a non- profit organization dedicated to the preservation, research, promotion, and development of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures through music, dance, theater and other artistc media.

Created in 2000 by Evaristo “Tito” Rodriguez, AfriCaribe provides Chicago with a means to celebrate the African influence in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean lands. Rodriguez’ vision came to fruition in the form of an umbrella organization providing educational and cultural programming through four main initiatives:

An academy, in which professional dancers and musicians teach the traditional drumming and dance of several Puerto Rican ‘Bomba’ rhythms;

A performance ensemble, which presents various styles of folk music from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean through song, dance, drumming, and other percussion;

A production company, which presents annual events including folklore conferences;

An education department, which provides workshops and lectures by organization members as well as by guest professionals.


Spain | Ensemble Español | Spanish Dance Youth Company

The Company’s mission is the presentation, preservation and promotion of the classical, folkloric, flamenco and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain.

The Ensemble Español, under the artistic leadership of Founder & Artistic Director, Dame Libby Komaiko, & successors, Artistic Director, Irma Suarez Ruiz, and Executive Director, Jorge Perez, is the premier Spanish dance company and center in the United States to have in-residence status at a university, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, under the auspices of the Department of Music & the Dance Program. Founded in 1976, by Dame Libby, the company is comprised of forty dancers, singers, musicians and guest artists from Spain and the U.S.



Ecuador | Arte Y Cultura Tuwamari Ballet   | Director: Mirian Fernandez

Arte Y Cultura Tuwamari conserves and share the roots of Ecuadorian cultural heritage through music and traditional dance under the direction and expertise of Mrs. Miriam Fernandez who studied at National Dance Institute in Ecuador. Her artistic career developed across national and international scenarios. Tuwamari takes pride in its group as a worthy ambassador of the culture and folklore.



(Swinging for scholars Scholarships presentation)

Liliana Mendez – $2000.00 (Salvador M. Bolaños Scholarship)
Daniel Cuevas – $1000.00
Ericka Escotto – $1000.00
Nancy Garay – $1000.00
Stephanie Cruz – $1000.00
Rafael Garcia – $1000.00


México | Xel-Ha Escuela de Danza | Director: Debra Bolaños

Xel-Ha Escuela de Danza Founded in 1970 as an Escaramuza Charra and Ballet Folkorico, Xel-Ha brings the richness of the Mexican Culture to the community. Xel-Ha has hosted educational/cultural outings including trips to the National Mexican Museum in Chicago and arranging a meet and greet with the Mexican Ballet of Mexico. In addition providing an annual free folklorico dance/educational workshops that include art and history. Debra studied and danced professionally under the direction of Amalia Hernandez of the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico. Through their participation, the young ladies and young men acquire skills that they will utilize throughout their futures, including self- esteem and discipline as they devote many hours per week to rehearsals. www.xelhaescueladedanza.org



BrazilGingarte Capoeira Chicago | Director: Marisa Cordiero

Ginjarte Capoeira Chicago was founded in 1991 by Mestra Marisa, originally from Curvelo, Brazil, and has grown to be one of the largest capoeira groups in the Midwest. We currently offer classes & workshops in the African-Brazilian martial art of capoeira, as well as performances of capoeira and African-Brazilian dances, throughout the Chicago area.



Bolivia | Renacer Boliviano

Founded in 1989, Renacer Boliviano is a not for profit organization in the Chicago area. For the last twenty eight years, we have been able to help countless organizations with their mission while upholding ours: to help the needy in Bolivia. Each year, our members choose the organization to help, and create fundraising goals  to better meet their requests.

Renacer Boliviano members (currently 28 members) work on a volunteer basis, our only compensation is the gratitude and smiles of the countless children, men and women that have benefited from our donations.

The dance troupe is an arm of the organization whose main goal is to promote bolivian culture through our folkloric dances and colorful costumes. RBDT has had numerous presentations around the Chicago area such as 4th of July parades in Skokie, Niles and Morton Grove, Day of immigrant festival in Bolingbrook and our traditional performance at the McDonald Thanksgiving Parade are the anually highlights. Renacer Boliviano Dance Troupe now is pleased to be included in this event.


2017: SCCLR Night of Latin Culture 11th Anniversary


2016: SCCLR Night of Latin Culture 10th Anniversary One on One Interview: Debra Bolaños

2015: #SCCLRNLC Recap & Interviews

2015: SPAIN: Chaira Mangiameli Performance

2015: MEXICO: Xel-Ha Escuela de Danza Performance

2014: Interview with Donna Catalano

SCCLR 2014: Night of Latin Culture

SCCLR 2013: Night of Latin Culture

SCCLR 2009: Night of Latin Culture