Segunda Quimbamba

Course Description


We can’t wait to welcome you and share our love and passion for Puerto Rico! A new season to celebrate and uplift each other! Learning together about la música, cultura y comunidad.


Learn Afro-Puerto Rican drum and dance, beats and moves with Segunda Quimbamba! We’ve been teaching the rich cultural folkloric music known as la Bomba and la Plena for 30 years in Jersey City, and throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.


Segunda Quimbamba’s foundational learning and teaching in Bomba is rooted in the traditions of the la Familia Cepeda de Santurce. In discussion and demonstration, the students will gain an understanding of the various regional differences of the dances and drum rhythms from Loiza and Mayaguez. The rhythms that are practiced are: sica, cuembe, calinda, yuba, holandes, sies corrido, and rule.


Each term semester (fall/spring) will focus on specific rhythms to learn in dance and drum this spring 2024 we are going to learn: Yuba and Holandes. Great exercise, healing and positive energy! Fun and supportive community. SIGN UP NOW!

● Dance Beginner (Ages 6 – 11) 
Time: 1:00 – 1:30 PM _____ $145
● Percussion Beginner (Ages: 8 – 13)  

Time: 1:30 – 2:00 PM ______ $145 
Returning Students Disc: ______ $125
DEEP SAVE COMBO! (14+ classes, Run of Show and Recital) 
● Dance/Drum Combo discounted rate _____ $250


March 3 – June 2, 2024 at 2 – 5 PM Sunday afternoons

Spring semester program culminates with a Student Recital with Segunda Quimbamba on June 2.

Classes are held at the Nimbus Arts Center in Downtown Jersey City. Open enrollment for students to register ends March 17.


Nimbus Dance studio and theater building is an ADA compliant and accessible venue. Please visit their website for complete venue accessibility information. Program Access Coordinator Nanette Hernandez, please email her at or call/text 201-463-4814 for your accessibility requests for accommodations.



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On the first day of class, you will receive a welcome packet containing a syllabus detailing what you will learn by the end of the terms. To participate in the term’s culminating event the student is required to attend a minimum 10 classes, plus the performance prep and run of show.


Day 1: Students and instructors exchange introductions. We engage in sharing stories of our experiences that brought us to this place of learning and growing in the community. A brief oral history of the drum and dance traditions of our African heritage is shared. We will review the welcome packet together with Q&A.

This spring semester the students will be immersed in learning the Bomba rhythms: YUBA and HOLANDES.

DANCE: Bomba

Dance 1

Yuba and Holandes basic steps are introduced with fundamentals and technique exercises grounding the dancer in the rhythm. Opportunity to deepen your understanding of the dance and drum dynamic of the lead drum and dancer this conversational exchange through observing, listening, and engaging with intention in the complete process. Singing coro in the call-and-response method in the Spanish language includes Batey experience.

Step up to 2 (By invitation only) *

This class will help the student develop confidence to trust themselves in their foundational learning. To be firmly grounded in the basic learning of the rhythms to build on from the learning of Class 1. The student here will prepare to transition for the Advanced Class 2 level. Students will be challenged in their bomba journey to master sufficient understanding and comfort level in the piquete movements (upper and lower body expressions) and core understanding of drum responses intently creating beats in your dance to the drum. Mandatory requirements apply. See below.


Class 2 Advance Level *

Exploring students’ interest and goals in areas of the dance they want to improve on and learn new. Choreography cultivation, small group choreography, opportunity to lead and create in an experimental space for piquetes you want to explore. How it feels in your body and how it sounds in the drums responses (repiques). Expanding dance vocabulary by understanding the dynamic of male (masculine) and female (feminine) dance language culturally. Students will learn to use verbal cues/sounds through actively listening to hear and learn how to differentiate how the drum responses (repiques) pertain to certain dance steps and body movement they are dancing.

Students will be introduced to modern dance language that will help the students develop choreography for class assignments and foundational choreography standard in performance arts. Mandatory requirements must be met for this class. See below.


Prerequisites/Requirements: All decisions are made by the education team.


Step Up to 2: A by invitation only class. You must have completed 2 terms of classes or show that you are sufficiently prepared to meet the class challenges and goals by demonstrating your knowledge and skills to the education team. Student is required to continue in Dance 1 while participating in the Step Up to 2 class.

*Advance Level Minimum at least 2 semesters with Segunda Quimbamba or equivalent for pre req admission into this dance class. Plus continue in Step Up to 2.


All classes’ Ages 14 + The SQFC Team will guide students for proper class placement assuring the best learning experience.




Students are introduced to all major and minor percussion elements.

This spring session the students will be immersed in the learning of the Bomba rhythms: YUBA and HOLANDES.


Drum 1

Students will focus on Yuba and Holandes barril hand technique. Metronome work for barril. Focus on maraca technique.


Drum 2 Buleo Plus (By invitation only) *

Prepares students to transition from bomba bueladores in performance contexts to buleadores in Batey contexts. Instructors will focus on speed, stamina, and advanced rhythms.



+SPECIAL OFFER COMBO CLASSES DANCE AND DRUM: – Consider signing up for both dance and drum classes as a combo with deep savings! Learning both disciplines together will deepen and enhance your experiences that are intertwined and necessary for a full embodied experience of the drums and dances of our ancestors.

Additional Support:

Hablando con los Maestros Biweekly zoom meetings with the Masters and Instructors! This covers additional practice, discussions of cultural history, the instruments, the rhythms, the diaspora or whatever is on YOUR mind, community building using different platforms for shared learning space. 


March 3 – June 2 at 2 – 5 PM Sunday afternoons




Step up to 2 (By invitation only) *                               Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Ages: 14 +

Dance 1 Beginner Level                                                 Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Ages 12 – Adults

Prerequisites / Requirements: All decisions are made by the education team.

*Advance Level Minimum experience/classes at least 2 semesters with Segunda Quimbamba for pre req admission into this dance class. Ages 14 + The SQFC Team will guide students for proper class placement assuring the best learning experience.




Drum 1 Beginner Level                                         Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Ages 15+

Drum 2 Buleo Plus                                                           Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Ages 14 – Adults


*Advance Level Minimum experience/classes with at least 2 semesters with Segunda Quimbamba for pre req admission into this dance class. Ages 15+ The SQFC Team will guide students for proper class placement assuring the best learning experience.



Semester Program Fees for the DRUM and DANCE Classes.


12 Classes plus the 3 days for Tech Prep, Run of Show and Recital.

New students: $225

Returning Students Disc: $200

SAVE with COMBO Drum plus Dance Classes Special Offer: $425 get all 24+ classes!



Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center is grateful to the Nimbus Dance Works Company for the Resident Partnership at the Nimbus Arts Center at the Lively which helps extend community outreach and impact.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Department, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of County Commissioners, and Supported by Public Funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund and individual donors.


Getting to classes-


Nimbus Arts Center •329 Warren St. • Jersey City, NJ 07302 • Phone/fax (201) 377-0718

Trains: Take PATH to Grove Street STOP, then a short walk east towards the water on Columbus turning left onto Warren Street, venue at 329 Warren Street. Or Exchange Place STOP walk west on Columbus away from the water to Warren Street turn right for venue.

Car: Limited Street or paid parking available in the area of Downtown Jersey City.

For dance, dress comfortably NO footwear in the studio. A limited number of dance skirts and drums are available in class. If you own a dance skirt or drum please bring it with you to classes. Bring your own water, personal hand sanitizer and mask.

Segunda Quimbamba contact is Nanette Hernandez, or call or text 201-463-4814