South Bronx Folk Festival 2016

November 14-19, 2016

With the goal of highlighting the cultural diversity of our community, while showcasing a shared folklore and tradition in performance, Diversity in Arts and Nations for Cultural Education, Inc. (DANCE), presents the sixth annual South Bronx Folk Festival—a week of cultural events open to the public at various venues in the South Bronx. For more information please contact

Featured Performers

Matthew GonzalezMathew Gonzalez

Mathew is a Bronx native raised in a musical family where his grandfather, Benny Ayala is a seasoned “Plenero”, composer, folklorist, and mask maker. As a young child, Mathew was immersed in an environment filled with the Afro-Caribbean beats of Puerto Rican folkloric music. He began formally studying music, learning to read and studying theory at the Harbor Conservatory in East Harlem at age 11. Since then, he has become accomplished in conga, bongo and timbales. He studied Conga and Bongo with George Delgado and Afro-Cuban folkloric drumming with Louis Bauzo. He has also demonstrated to be great at teaching younger students. He performs professionally with Los Pleneros de la 21, ILU AYE and Aurora and Zon de Barrio among many others. He is equally gifted as a dancer and has been member of Danza Fiesta for over 10 years. Mathew holds a Business Administration degree from Boricua College.

Cristal ReyesCristal Reyes

Cristal is a Bronx native that comes from a family of musicians. At age 5, she began training “Bomba” style and is also trained in ballet, jazz, modern and flamenco at renowned schools such as Ballet Hispanico and Dance Theater of Harlem. A member of Danza Fiesta: Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueño since 2002, she is currently a lead dancer and choreographer. She has been DANCE’s teaching artist in residence at PS114 since 2009 where she has shown great commitment. Cristal holds a BA in Performing Arts Lehman College and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree Education at Lehman College.

Danza FiestaDanza Fiesta

Danza Fiesta was created in 1998 by Hilda Rivera-Pantojas in New York City, with the idea of sharing Puerto Rican culture and folkloric traditions with the rest of the world.



A Special Thank You To Our Sponsors

This Program Is Supported In Part By: Public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York State Council on the Arts, donations by Amigos de Danza Fiesta, and the generous support from Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture. This program would not be possible without the invaluable help of the amazing Board, staff, members, and volunteers of Diversity in Arts and Nations for Cultural Education (DANCE). Special thanks to Boricua College, Luis Llorens Torres Children’s Academy PS 114X, and CITGO Bronx Social Programs for supporting the Children and Teens Dance project participation in this event.

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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 14, 2016 | 6:30pm

A Panel Discussion with Bronx-based artists
building bridges to Puerto Rican folk dance and music in NYC
@ Boricua College, 890 Washington Avenue, Bronx

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 4:00pm

Re-Discovering Traditional Afro-Puerto Rican Dance and Music with Mathew Gonzalez
@ Boricua College, 890 Washington Avenue, Bronx

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | 11:30am

Traditional Puerto Rican Dance Workshops for Children with Cristal Reyes
@ PS 114, 1155 Cromwell Avenue, Bronx

Saturday, November 21, 2016 | 4:00pm

A memorable afternoon of Puerto Rican Folklore with Danza Fiesta
@ The Main Theater at Eugenio Maria de HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE/CUNY
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street, Bronx
Box Office: (718)518-4455
Tickets: $10 General admission

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