Join Virginia Folklife mentor artist Tata Cepeda and her team from the Escuela de Bomba y Plena Doña Caridad Brenes de Cepeda for this unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals and techniques of the Puerto Rican Bomba dance. Previous experience is not necessary, just come to learn and enjoy.
This event is free and registration is required. Presented in partnership with Semilla Cultural.
*Masks required to attend.
Enslaved West Africans on Puerto Rico’s sugar plantations created the foundation of bomba in the 1600s, and the art form continues to develop, transform, and connect the island to its African heritage today. Bomba is defined by its percussion, including barriles de bomba—drums originally made from rum barrels, maracas, and the cuás (a pair of wood sticks).