BCFW Caribbean Dance and Music Workshop
Enjoy an interactive workshop on Plena Dance from Puerto Rico. Experience 25 percussion instruments, and go deep into the history of our Afro-Caribbean roots, learning the story of How the Drums were made in the Caribbean. Then learn a fun and easy plena dance!
This is a participatory event. We encourage all our attendees to get involved and dance with us.
There will be light refreshments served.
Jorge Santiago Arce was born in Bélgica, a working class neighborhood of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ponce is a city well known for its rich cultural traditions and is characterized by the emergence and evolution of important Afro-Caribbean music and dances such as the “Bomba,” “Plena” and “Danza.” Half of Jorge’s family comes from San Antón, mainly a black community known for the African tradition of the Bomba music; the other half comes from the music tradition. His life in the “barrio” Bélgica was filled with the Plena music. This experience, among other things, has contributed to his creativity and curiosity. In addition to being an actor, dancer, singer, and performer, he is also a cultural historian and researcher.