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Puerto Rican Dance by Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center

Puerto Rican Dance
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
Cleveland Museum of Art
October 13, 2013

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The beginning of the History of Puerto Rican Music and Dance performed by the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center at International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art. This dance featured very young dancers representing the first indigenous inhabitants of Puerto Rico, the Taíno people of the Arawak Indians.




Bomba is one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico. It is the mixture of the three different cultures of the Island, the Spanish, African and Taino cultures. The base rhythm is played by two or more drums.




Plena is one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico. Dancers from the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center performed at International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art. This dance features a husband and wife arguing as the town people laugh at them.




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Merengue is often thought of as the dance of the Dominican Republic but it is also one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico.




Salsa is a complex musical genre that is derived from many roots including a Cuban influence. Dancers from the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center performed three different styles of salsa dances at International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art.




For a finale, they performed popular urban youth dances to songs from artists like Ricky Martin, Bruno Mars and Jennifer Lopez.




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