Cultural and FOLKLORIC Arts

Drum, Song & Dance Classes

About this Program

Our winter cycle will begin February 5, 2024, please check back for details!

Raíces Cultural Center offers instruction in Caribbean folkloric dance, drum and song. Participants learn the fundamentals of rhythms, songs and dances from traditional and folkloric genres from the Caribbean, including the Afro-Cuban Orisha tradition and the Puerto Rican forms of bomba and plena. Throughout the classes, participants also learn about the basic cultural history of these artistic forms.

Classes are taught by core members of the Raíces Cultural & Community Arts team, with occasional guest teachers and scheduled field trips to cultural events in our region. Class participants have the opportunity to share what they learned in periodic student showcase and community events. Learn more about our current class offerings and register below.

If you are looking to schedule private classes and workshops for school groups and organizations please submit a presentation request.

Weekly Classes at Raíces

Classes begin February 5, 2024, registration is now open!

These open, public classes will introduce the rudiments of bomba dance and explore the cultural significance and history of the genre.
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Introduction to Bomba Dance

Mondays & Thursdays 7-8 pm

These open, public classes will introduce the basic movements of several Afro-Cuban dance forms including orisha dance, rumba, and comparsa.
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Introduction to Afro-Cuban Dance

8-9 pm

Drum lessons are offered in small groups of 5-10 students.

Our current cycle of lessons is focused on AfroCuban güiro!
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Introduction to Caribbean Drumming