Danza Fiesta is one of the leading Puerto Rican folkloric dance theatre organizations in the Diaspora.
Danza Fiesta in New York City
Danza Fiesta, New York’s Puerto Rican folk dance company, presents Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueño, the grand finale of the 14th South Bronx Folk Festival; in the Main Theater at Hostos Center in Mott Haven, The Bronx; on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 3pm. Free with rsvp. hostos.cuny.edu 🇵🇷
By the way, this time of year around November 19 is an important time for Puerto Ricans. The Feast of Our Lady of Providence, Patron Saint of Puerto Rico, is the traditional start of Puerto Rico’s Christmas 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!
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.
Being in Diaspora in the time of social media, young Puerto Ricans are losing their connections with our traditions, so the work of Danza Fiesta is important. They don’t just teach dance theatre, they teach Puerto Rican!
We heard about Danza Fiesta from the island. They are that good. Watching them feels like home!
For more information, visit danzafiesta.com