Segunda Quimbamba

2Q Classes Bomba and Plena: Learn Afro Puerto Rican Dance Traditions


Segunda Quimbamba’s foundational learning and teaching in Bomba is rooted in the traditions of 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 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!


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

March 3, 10, 17, 24, No classes 31 (Easter); April 7, 14, 21, 28; and May 5, 12, 19

Performance Prep Dress/Tech Rehearsals: May 26 Time: 1 – 4 PM

Run of Show: Saturday, June 1 Time: 1 – 5 PM

Spring semester culminates June 2 with a Student Recital with Segunda Quimbamba!

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

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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 term. In the Spring all students are invited to participate in the student recital on June 2. For full participation in the recital the student is expected to attend a minimum of 9 classes of 12 offered, 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 1 Beginner Level for ages 12 and up

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.

Dance Step up to 2 (By invitation only) * for ages 14+ and up

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.

Step Up to 2: A by invitation only. 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 may be required to continue in Dance 1 while participating in the Step Up to 2 class. To accommodate access a Special rate for the advance class is offered: $180. 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.

Dance 1 Beginner Level for ages 12 and up

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

Dance 2 Buleo Plus (By invitation only) * for ages 15 and up

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

PLUS SPECIAL OFFER COMBO DANCE AND DRUM CLASSES: 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.

TOUCH POINTS: Students have the opportunity to attend biweekly midweek Zoom meetings: Hablando con los Maestros for additional classroom support, discussions / demonstrations of techniques in dance or drum, cultural history, the instruments, the rhythms, the diaspora or whatever is on your mind, building community in a shared learning space.

SQFC offer beginners and advanced learning to all students. Private classes also available. Families and returning student discounts available. Classes are for Adults and Children.

See you in Class!

SEMESTER SCHEDULE March 3 – June 2 at 2 – 5 PM Sunday afternoons-


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

Ages 12 and up

Dance Step up to 2 (By invitation only) * Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Ages: 14 and up

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

*Advance level minimum experience/classes at least 2 semesters with Segunda Quimbamba or the equivalent 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.


This program includes 12 Classes plus the 3 days for the Performance/Tech Prep, Run of Show and Recital. Student touch points with biweekly zoom meetings with the Masters and Instructors. June 2: STUDENT RECITAL WITH SEGUNDA QUIMBAMABA!

Semester Program Fees for the DANCE Classes.

New students: $265

Returning Students Disc: $245

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

Advance Dance Class Step Up to 2 requires meeting certain criteria. Special Intro Rate Fee: $180 for 12 classes of 45 minutes long.


Getting to classes-

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

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.

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, or call or text 201-463-4814

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

If you easily can, yes.

Can I update my registration information?


Additional information

Pricing Levels

Dance, DA/DR Combo, Return Student Discount, Dance: Step Up to 2