The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Youth Company (EESDYC) serves as the youth training troupe to the professional company, the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater in residence at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), Chicago. Founded in 1985 as the “Jr” Ensemble Español by Dame Libby Komaiko & Lillian C. Heminover, executive board member and fine arts coordinator at the Frederick Funston School, the program presents the culture, music, art and dances of Spain via performances and classes. In 1990 the programs demand expanded beyond it’s location throughout the city and suburbs.