Danza Fiesta is one of the leading Puerto Rican folkloric dance theatre organizations in the Diaspora.
Danza Fiesta in New York City
Danza Fiesta, one of the leading folkloric dance theater organizations in the Puerto Rican Diaspora, celebrates their 25th Anniversary with a family presentation of Bomba, Plena and Seis (Jíbaro music) at the South Bronx Folk Festival at Hostos Center in Mott Haven, The Bronx, on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 3pm. Recommended for ages 4+. Free with registration. hostos.cuny.edu 🇵🇷
By the way, November 19 is an important day for Puerto Ricans. The Feast of Our Lady of Providence, Patron Saint of Puerto Rico, is the traditional start of Puerto Rico’s Christmas Holiday Season, the world’s longest.
Founded in New York City in 1988, Danza Fiesta is a community dance theatre company dedicated to preserving Puerto Rican folk traditions. They are teaching artists who usually march at the front of New York City’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
They teach and perform many different Puerto Rican dance traditions including Bomba, Plena and Seis which is Jíbaro music of the iconic mountain farmers of Puerto Rico. When most Americans think of the island, they think of beaches, but the soul of Puerto Rico lives in the mountain heartland. ¡Jíbaro Soy!
Watching Danza Fiesta feels like home!
Puerto Rican Culture Is Community
In New York, music, dance and theatre are performed on stage. In Puerto Rico they are performed on the street and at home, as part of community celebrations and everyday family life.
In the time of social media and especially in Diaspora, traditions are fading, so the work of Danza Fiesta is important. They don’t just teach dance theatre, they teach Puerto Rican!
[Editor Keith “Coqui”: Soy Boricua de Corazón que vive en la isla. Me siento más Puertorriqueño con el cuero de un barril de Bomba o una pandereta de Plena en mis manos. I heard about this company from the island. They are that good.]