Segunda Quimbamba

Dance and Drum Classes

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Download and fill out our adult class registration form here or the children’s class registration form here; email completed forms to sqfcjc@gmail.com and please pay via PayPal.

Download and fill out our adult class registration form here or the children’s class registration form here; email completed forms to sqfcjc@gmail.com and please pay via PayPal.

The Fall 2023 Dance and Drum Program has expanded our class offerings. Below is only for students ages 9 and up and programming starts March 5. The Children’s Program begins November 5; scroll down for further information on the children’s classes. 

  • Dance I (beginners) for adults, ages 9 and up
  • Dance II (advanced) for adults, ages 9 and up
  • Drum for adults, ages 12 and up

Fall Program – Join us on Sunday afternoons: October 1 – December 17

Dance Classes

Dance Class I: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (ages 9 and older)

Dance Class II: 2:50 – 3:50 PM (ages 14 and older)

(Note: Students in the advanced Dance Class II must have completed at least 1-2 Segunda Quimbamba dance sessions as pre req for admission.)

Drum Classes: Age: 12 – Adults

Drum Class:  4:00 – 5:00 PM (ages 12 and older)

Program Fees

Drum or Dance: 10-11 Class Package and Parrandas Celebration

New students: $225

Returning Students Disc: $200

COMBO Drum plus Dance Classes Special Offer: $350 get all 20+ classes!

Dance classes begin with a warm up then the learning of Bomba rhythms, steps and choreography: Sica, Yuba, Cuembe, Holandes and Seis Corrido. We also teach the dance steps to Plena as well as the call-and-response-based songs which are all sung in Spanish, and the beloved traditions of Parrandas (mobile holiday party similar to caroling serenading house to house). Dance classes overlap for 10 minutes with students learning Plena dances together.

Students are introduced to Bomba and Plena drums—all major and minor percussion elements. We offer beginners and advanced learning to students. Families and returning students discounts available. Classes are offered Sunday afternoons at the Nimbus Arts Center in downtown Jersey City.

Students attend biweekly Zoom meetings: Hablando con los Maestros.

Children’s Program

Children learn Afro-Puerto Rican drum and dance, beats and moves with Segunda Quimbamba! This program culminates with the Student Recital on June 4. Children’s classes start on November 5 and end December 17. Classes at the Nimbus Arts Center in Downtown Jersey City offered in-person. Open Enrollment through November 19.

Register on Eventbrite hereYou can also download and fill out our children’s class registration form here. Please send completed forms to sqfcjc@gmail.com and please pay via PayPal.

Dance classes begin with a warm up then the learning of Plena rhythms, steps and choreography done also in pairs. If time permits we will introduce briefly Bomba Sica rhythm. Maximum 15 students per class. Students learn about singing and chorus, call-and-response methods in the Spanish language and the beloved traditions of Parrandas (mobile holiday party similar to caroling serenading house to house). Family friendly. In the fall, we conclude the classes with Holiday Parrandas in downtown Jersey City. Opportunity to attend biweekly midweek Zoom meetings for additional practice, discussions of cultural history, the instruments, the rhythms, the diaspora or whatever is on YOUR mind, community building together in a continuing shared learning space.

Please read health protocols information listed below for in studio facility safety measures. The new building is ADA compliant and accessible. Accommodation accessibility contact: Nanette Hernandez at sqfcjc@gmail.com or call/text 201-463-4814.

Sunday afternoons at 1 – 2 PM~ November 5 – December 17

Plena Program: Drum or Dance 6 Class Package + Student Recital

Dance Class: (Students 4 – 8 years old): 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Drum Class: (Students 7 – 11 years old): 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Program Fees:

New students: $125

Returning Students Disc: $105

Student must be at least 7 years old to register for the combo dance and drum classes.

Accepting students until October 22, the last day to register for the adult fall classes. Any questions? Reach out to Nanette Hernandez at sqfcjc@gmail.com. 

Segunda Quimbamba is excited to share that our friends at Nimbus Dance Works Company have partnered with Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center through a Resident Partnership at the Nimbus Arts Center at the Lively. We’re working with Nimbus to help extend community outreach and impact.


This program is made possible in part by funds from the 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 with additional support of the Nimbus Arts Center Resident Partnership and individual donors.