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Angela Del Moral Olivera, a world-renowned Spanish dancer, died on July 25, 2006, in Jaen, Spain. She was 65. She married Pascual Olivera and moved to Chicago in 1976. They danced all over the world together until his passing in 2003. Angela was born in Jaen, she was the prima ballerina with the Royal National Ballet of Spain and with Antonio's Ballets of Madrid. She danced for President John F. Kennedy, the Queen of England and the Royal Family of Spain. She performed at La Scala, Vienna Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, and Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Dance critic Ann Barzel, wrote, ''Pascual Olivera and Angela Del Moral brought Spanish dance up to a level not seen here in decades. They are the finest Spanish dancers we have in the world today!'' Angela was a 30 year member of the SGI-USA dedicating her life to encouraging people throughout the world. She was the president of International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP). In April 2002, she received the Honorable Ambassador of Soka University Award from Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda. In May of 2004, she danced at an SGI-International meeting in Tokyo, Japan, with President Ikeda in attendance. She is survived by her cousin Prudence Gutierrez, and her husband's family: Raymond, Pam, Amy, and Danny Olivera as well as her father in-law Pascual Olivera Sr. There will be a memorial service on Friday, August 4, 2006, at 7 p.m., at the SGI-USA Chicago Culture Center at 1455 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, Telephone 312-913-1211. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP), 606 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401, or Soka University of America, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.
Published in Chicago Tribune on July 30, 2006
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