Segunda Quimbamba


Fall 2023 Classes Start Sunday, October 1!

¡Saludos! Segunda Quimbamba’s dance and drum classes in Afro-Puerto Rican folkloric traditions of la Bomba y la Plena are open for registration this fall!! We offer adult classes and kids classes, and in the fall semester we conclude with Parrandas in downtown Jersey City, a neighborhood holiday celebration.

Join us for the Fall 2023 semester starting October 1 for adult classes and November 5 for children’s classes! 

Register online now: Download and fill out our adult class registration form here or the children’s class registration form here; email completed forms to and please pay via PayPal.

Or, register for adult classes on Eventbrite here or for children’s classes on Eventbrite here. Adult enrollment is open until October 22 and children’s enrollment is open until November 19.

We can’t wait to see you and share our love and passion for Puerto Rico! A new season to celebrate and uplift each other sharing in the arts and culture!

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.

Segunda Quimbamba’s foundational learning and teaching of 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 (fall/spring) will focus on specific rhythms to learn in dance and drum this fall 2023 we are going to learn: Sica and Cuembe. Great exercise, healing and positive energy! Fun and supportive community. SIGN UP NOW!


October 1 – December 17 at 2 – 5 PM Sunday afternoons.

Fall program culminates with Neighborhood Parrandas con Segunda Quimbamba on December 17.

Classes are held at the Nimbus Arts Center in Downtown Jersey City. Open enrollment for students to register ends October 22.

Nimbus Dance studio and theater building is an ADA compliant and accessible venue. Please visit their website for complete venue accessibility information.

For program access contact Nanette Hernandez at or call/text 201-463-4814.

NIMBUS ARTS CENTER PROTOCOLS ON COVID SAFETY: visit for updated information. Please be aware of your own exposure: If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, we ask that you consider staying home: If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: (Cough, Sore throat, Shortness of Breath, Headache, Fever). Thank you.

CHILDREN’s Dance and Drum Exposure Program,

November 5 – December 17 at 1-2 PM Sunday afternoons.

Culminates in a community celebration with Neighborhood Parrandas con Segunda Quimbamba!

Dance: Students (4 – 11 years old ) Focus on Plena, and exposure to Bomba dance

Children’s classes start on November 5 – December 17. Classes are at the Nimbus Arts Center in Downtown Jersey City

Students can register through November 19. After this date no new students are accepted into the class.

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

Dance classes begin with a warm up. Exposure to Bomba and Plena learning of rhythms, basic steps and simple choreography done also dancing in pairs. Maximum 15 students per class.

Students learn about singing and chorus, call-and-response methods in the Spanish language and the beloved Plena dancing traditions.

Attend biweekly 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.