Segunda Quimbamba

Course Description

Hola Familia!

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, seis corrido, and rule.

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Program Access contact Nanette Hernandez will coordinate your requests for assistance and accommodations and answer your program questions. Please email Nanette at sqfcjc@gmail.com or call/text 201-463-4814.

 

Nimbus Dance studio and theater building is an ADA compliant and accessible venue. Please visit their website https://www.nimbusdance.org/ for complete 

Each term semester (fall/spring) will focus on specific rhythms to learn in dance and drum this spring 2024 Yuba and Holandes. Great exercise, healing and positive energy! Fun and supportive community for all ages.

For assistance with program access contact Nanette at sqfcjc@gmail.com or calling or texting 201-463-4814.

PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

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, seis corrido, and rule.

 

Each term semester (fall/spring) will focus on specific rhythms to learn in dance and drum this spring 2024 Yuba and Holandes. Great exercise, healing and positive energy! Fun and supportive community for all ages.

For assistance with program access contact Nanette at sqfcjc@gmail.com or calling or texting 201-463-4814.

DANCE & PERCUSSION PROGRAM

General Session Spring 2024

 

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 review the welcome packet together with Q&A.

 

Dance Classes

There are three levels in the Bomba dance program: Dance 1, Step up to 2, and Class 2 Advance Level. Midway through the semester includes a Batey experience where students can practice together in community beyond the structure of the classroom.

Dance 1 Beginner

 

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 

 

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. 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 foundation core of their postures, paseos, batey etiquette in the piquete movements (upper and lower body expressions) and core understanding of drum responses intently creating beats in your dance to the drum. Intentional learning with concrete steps to execution. Mandatory requirements apply. See below.

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. Students are required to continue in Dance 1 while participating in the Step Up to 2 class.

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 traditionally 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 them 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.

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

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

SEMESTER SCHEDULE

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

Dance 1 Beginner Level   (Ages 12 – Adults)

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Cost: New Student: $265; Returning students $245

Dance Step Up to 2 (Ages 14 and older)

Time:: 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Cost: $180    Special Promo Rate

(Note: Students in Dance Step Up to 2 must meet certain criteria, please inquire.)

Percussion Classes

There are two levels in Bomba drum. 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.

 

Percussion 1

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

 

Percussion 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.

 

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

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

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

PERCUSSION CLASSES (12 classes)

 

Drum 1 Beginner Level   (Ages 14 – Adults)

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

 

Drum Buleo Plus  (Ages 15 – Adults)

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM

 

Cost: New Student: $265; Returning students $245

WEPA! 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.

Gain insight and additional support with the monthly zoom meetings with the Masters and Instructors! This covers additional practice, discussions on cultural history, instruments, rhythms, the diaspora or what you wish to share continuence of community building using different platforms for learning.

 

Semester Program Fees 2024 for General Session

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

New students: $265

Returning Students Disc: $245

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

June 2 STUDENT RECITAL WITH SEGUNDA QUIMBAMBA

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM DANCE AND MINOR PERCUSSION CLASSES

April 14 – June 2, 2024 Sunday afternoons at 1 – 2 PM.

 

Fun, energetic and engaging! The program culminates with a Student Recital with Segunda Quimbamba on June 2 at the Nimbus Arts Center.

Children’s classes begin on April 14 – June 2. This includes the all-preparatory dates for the culminating event. Classes are at the Nimbus Arts Center in Downtown Jersey City. Students can register through April 21. After this date no new students are accepted into the class. Artist Access with Zoom meetings with Masters and Instructors for additional support in practice, cultural history, instruments, rhythms, and community building.

 

CHILDREN’s Spring Program will focus on Bomba Dance & Bomba Minor Percussion

Dance Day 1: Student and teacher exchange introductions and share. The classes start with a 5-minute warm up. Through listening, observing, and asking questions, we prepare to learn and understand the Bomba rhythms. Students will learn one rhythm – starting with the basic bomba step with a short choreographed routine. Maximum 15 students per class. Students learn to sing in chorus in the call-and-response methods in the Spanish language.

BOMBA DANCE CLASSES (7 classes)

Dance Beginner (Ages 6 – 11)

Time: 1:00 – 1:30 PM                                                       

Cost: $145        

BOMBA DRUM CLASSES (7 classes)                                        

Minor Percussion Beginner (Ages: 8 – 13) 

Time: 1:30 – 2:00 PM                

Cost: $145

Returning Students Disc:        $125

COMBO CLASSES! Save!       $250

Students experience 14+ classes, Run of Show and Recital! WEPA!

Learning both dance and drum art forms enhance the knowledge of the rhythms and their interconnected intricacies.

Children’s Schedule:

April 14 – June 2nd, Sunday Afternoons 1 – 2 PM

April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 Run of Show: June 1st

Performance with Segunda Quimbamba: June 2nd

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All classes are held at the Nimbus Dance Studio. Please visit their website nimbusdance.org for complete venue accessibility information.

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Program Supporters:

Nimbus Dance Works Company Resident Partnership .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

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Nimbus Arts Center •329 Warren St. • Jersey City, NJ 07302 www.nimbusdanceworks.org • 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 the venue.

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

 

What can I bring into the studio?

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.

 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Segunda Quimbamba contact is Nanette Hernandez, sqfcjc@gmail.com or call or text 201-463-4814. Connect with  us on IG and FB.

 

Thank you for choosing Segunda Quimbamba!

¡Gracias por escoger a Segunda Quimbamba!

 

 

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Craig Guy, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of County Commissioners. A grant Supported Public Funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund. A Resident Partnership at the Nimbus Arts Center at the Lively which helps extend community outreach and impact.