Taller Bombalele workshops are led and taught by Julia C. Cepeda, one of the heirs of the Familia Cepeda’s Bomba y Plena cultural and folkloric heritage—the most visible and powerful expression of African heritage of Puerto Rico. Developed and practiced over a span of seven generations. Julia Cepeda has learned everything related to the Bomba cultural legacy—rhythms, song and dances, her focus is as a dancer, she has been dancing for 33 years and teaching for 19 years in Puerto Rico and the diaspora, she relocated to the Bay Area from P.R. in 2013 and started Taller Bombalele with Denise Solis in 2014.
The classes offered by Taller Bombalele at Rhythmix Cultural Works will focus on Bomba Dance in the style of Santurce, particularly focused in the style and tradition passed down for 7 generations and counting, by La Familia Cepeda of Santurce, Puerto Rico.
Taller Bombalele strives to promote our Afro Puerto Rican roots music and dance tradition of Bomba, by teaching its history, dance, music, and songs through classes, lectures, workshops, and Bombazos to continue to preserve and expand this form of expression in community. Taller Bombalele is also proud to be part of a diverse community in the SF Bay Area and is therefore committed to teaching, learning, and collaboration and in reflection of this community, we welcome our community of different cultural experiences and intergenerational participation. We strive to continually learn, grow and support each other in our learning. “De Santurce a la Bahia, La Bomba es Vida”.