Pascual Olivera Jr., a world-renowned flamenco dancer and choreographer, died on Sept. 19 of lymphoma. He was 59.
Olivera’s passion for Spanish dancing began in childhood. At 14, he moved to Spain to study with Enrique El Cojo. He attended high school on the U.S. military base in Seville during the day, and at night he was the premiere Spanish dancer in the Jose Greco Spanish Ballet.
As an adult, Olivera became a professional classical, regional and flamenco dancer who performed with more than 50 symphony orchestras, including the DuPage Opera Company and the Midwest Opera Company.
He married dancer Angela del Moral in 1976, and the couple spent the next 27 years dancing together. In the late 1990s, they founded their own company and took the show, “A Romantic Celebration of Spanish Dances,” on tour through the U.S. and Japan.