Arts Recipients - 2011

Jose Ortiz & Melinda Gonzalez, Co-Founders

BombaYo is dedicated to presenting and preserving the Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance known as Bomba, a synergy of drumming, call and response singing, and dance. In Bomba, a captivating dialogue is created by a solo dancer and drummer who respond to the dancer’s movements. BombaYo engages young people to explore and celebrate their cultural identity, promote cross cultural understanding, interdependence and unity, and presents vibrant educational programs and performances.

BombaYo offers workshops in senior citizens’ centers, public schools, universities, concert halls, and other venues. Classes include a cultural-historical presentation in addition to dance instruction, singing, and playing of drums and other instruments. Participants expand their sense of community and learn to appreciate their important role in preserving cultural traditions.

BombaYo’s music and dance ensemble features 16 members, dancers, musicians, and creative contributors, ranging in age from 12 to 65, who perform throughout New York City and the Tri State area.


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