Sunday, June 19, 2022

Ballet Folklórico Estrella del Mar is Truly a Gem of Chicago's Southwest Side

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

There are plenty of reasons why the Southwest Side is one of the best parts of the city--or for that matter, the entire Chicago area.

Ballet Folklórico Estrella del Mar is one of those reasons.


Since 2015, this talented group of boys and girls from St. Mary Star of the Sea School in West Lawn has brought vibrant, colorful, meaningful, joyful culture--delivered via traditional Mexican song and dance--to delighted and grateful audiences across the Midway area and beyond.

BFEDM recently staged its annual showcase at Hubbard High School.

About 50 talented students, ranging from kindergarteners to St. Mary Star of the Sea alumni, wowed an appreciative audience of BFEDM families and other community members.

The Southwest Chicago Post was granted full access (including backstage access) this year, to capture both the performance and the backstage preparations--and photographer Kelly White made the most of it. The best of her photos are posted below.

The boys and girls performed under the guidance of Salvador Hernandez, Cynthia Ramirez, Jessica DeLuna and Michaela Hernandez, who are all co-founders of BFEDM and serve as co-instructors.

This talented troupe is a gem of the community and a source of great pride for the entire Southwest Side.

Well done, Ballet Folklórico Estrella del Mar, and thank you!