The Bomba y Plena Workshop Schedule

Workshops are open to people with all skill levels. Beginners will find a supportive community in which to explore the music and dance of Puerto Rico's Bomba and Plena. More advanced participants develop skills in expression through sound and movement. In the discovery of the music we learn about the cultures that have blended and built the rich folkloric tradition that is bomba puertorriqueña.

We look forward to seeing you there.

La Peña, Berkeley

WhoHéctor Lugo, Shefali Shah
WhenEvery Sunday, 12:30 - 2:30pm
WhereLa Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California
Cost$15 - $20 (sliding scale)


  Bomba Percussion and Dance Youth Workshop Series

We have created a Bomba Percussion and Dance Workshop specially tailored for young people. Students will learn Bomba songs, dances, rhythms, and beats along with Bomba history and its significance and place in Puerto Rican and Afro Caribbean culture. In addition, students will engage in exciting opportunities to learn percussion and dance improvisation with a culminating performance in June 2008.

Ages: recommended: 7-11

La Peña, Berkeley

WhoHéctor Lugo, Shefali Shah
WhenThursdays: March 13 - June 12, 4:30 - 6pm
WhereLa Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California
Cost$25 for 4 classes, or $75 for semester (14 classes - $12 discount)
No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds, Scholarships available*

Additional Information

You may pay monthly, or for the entire semester in one lump sum (discount for lump sum payment,). Semester payments are due the first week of the semester.

* Please do not let money stop you from attending. Scholarships and work exchange are available. Please contact Sophia Sanchez at 510-849-2568 x20 for class, registration or scholarship information.


  Quienes somos

Héctor Lugo leads percussion workshops, teaching the cuá, maraca and drum patterns as well as teaching the songs. New students begin by learning the basics and add their voices to the coro. As students develop they can choose a song and lead the group. Héctor has long experience as performer and teacher and also presents the historical and cultural contexts of the music.

Shefali Shah leads the dance workshops, teaching basic steps, techniques, and modeling piquetes, or improvised movements, which students interpret into their own unique way of expression. Beginners learn the basic steps of each musical form. As dancers progress, they begin to throw piquetes which the lead drummer must interpret and respond to. This conversation allows the movement to be come music, literally.

Shefali has been studying and dancing Bomba since 1999. She currently dances with Son Borikua and Cacique y Kongo. She has performed at "Maestros de Bomba en la Bahía" with members of the Cepeda family (2005) and at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with Grupo Folclórico Paulé (2004).

Shefali also trains in Odissi, a classical Indian dance form from the state of Orissa, India, with Bay Area Master Guru Sri Vishnu Tattva Das. She performs with the Bay Area group Odissi Vilas.