Join acclaimed Bomba dancer, choreographer, educator and Puerto Rican native, Milteri Tucker Concepcion, for a workshop in Afro-Puerto Rican BOMBA dance!
Bomba is Puerto Rico’s African roots, dating back to the 17th century maintained by the enslaved of the island. The dance is executed as a conversation between drummer and dancer, where the drummer accentuates the dancer’s movements. Milteri Tucker Concepcion founded the dance organization Bombazo Dance Co, Inc which preserves Bomba and connects it to African Diasporic dances. In this performance workshop series students will learn basic timing, figure, footwork and skirt technique as well as folk songs, which will culminate in a Bomba final performance on June 30th! Enjoy live music from Bombazo Dance Company drummers as you enhance your practice of Making The Drum Talk!®
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Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Milteri Tucker Concepcion is the founder and artistic director of Bombazo Dance Company, which aims not only to preserve traditional Bomba dance, but also fuses Afro-Caribbean Folk elements with Contemporary, Modern and social styles. She holds a masters degree in dance education from NYU and is currently working on her doctorate. Milteri has worked and performed along Bomba masters from Puerto Rico such as Cepedas, Ayala, William Cepeda & AfroRican Jazz. She has performed in San Juan, Loiza, Ponce and Carolina. She is also trained in Ballet, Modern, and African dance styles and has worked with a wide range of choreographers including Maria Torres, Sekou McMiller, Richard Pierlon, Jeff Shade, Angel Gil Orrios and George Faison.
Milteri’s class is open to all and designed to introduce students to the rhythms, basic steps, figure, timing, posture and skirt technique. Each class has a warm up followed by pedagogical Bomba dance content and practice of the form. Learn more about Milteri and the work of Bombazo Dance Company at www.bombazodanceco.com.
About Bomba: Dating back to the 17th century among slaves residing in the coastal areas of the island of Puerto Rico, Bomba was a form of entertainment permitted by plantation owners. This cultural tradition focuses on the interaction among drummers, singers and dancers. It was conceived as a form of respect and liberation among people of African descent and marginalized by the elite society of the island. According to William Cepeda, the word Bomba originates from the Ghanaian language “bomaa” pronounced “bombaa,” which has been defined in the English language as “a big drum.” The songs are in the form of call-and-response, a common practice in traditional African and Caribbean song folk tales.