Segunda Quimbamba

Clara Díaz Maldonado

Clara Díaz Maldonado is an Utuado native Afro Boricua Dancer and Cultural Administrator. She begins her journey in Utuado, a crucial place for her due to the importance in Taino Culture as well as the Nationalist Movement, where she is raised and lives in until 2012. She moved to Hato Rey in order to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Her science major quickly transforms into an Art History Major, where she explores Caribbean Art History and Legacies.  Her Undergraduate Thesis, “The representation of Bomba Dance in Puerto Rico’s Visual Arts” gives her a chance to dive deeper into her passion for Bomba, as well as the historical background in Puerto Rico’s Art History. 


After living through the devastation of Hurricane Maria in her hometown Utuado, in 2019 she is accepted into Baruch College to pursue a Masters Degree in Arts Administration, where she graduates in 2021. Since then, she has been living in Jersey City and living between both worlds: Jersey City and New York City, East Coast and Puerto Rico. She has developed programs at El Museo del Barrio, The Public Theater, and worked with organizations like New York Latino Film Fest and Studio Museum in Harlem. Currently, she performs Bomba with groups like Segunda Quimbamba, Bomba Yo, Bombrxs de NYC, Pa Afincar and Taller Tambuyé. She continues her bomba journey with Segunda Quimbamba as a Dance Teaching Artist since 2020 and develops programs and workshops focused on Bomba Dance and Tradition.