South Bronx Folk Festival 2017

November 13-18, 2017

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 eighth 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

Cristal ReyesGrupo Bambula

Biography coming soon!

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.

Cristal ReyesMatthew González

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 Geroge Delgado and Afro-Cuban folkloric drumming with Louis Bauzo. He has also demonstrated to be bgreat at teaching younger students. He performs profeassionally and is equally gifted as a dancer. Mathew Hilds a Business Administration degree from Broicua College.

Danza FiestaDanza Fiesta

Danza Fiesta Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueño is the premier Puerto Rican folklore ensemble in the diaspora. It was founded in 1998 in New York City by former Gibaro de Puerto Rico dancer and choreographer Gilda Rivera Pantojas with the goal of sharing the Puerto Rican culture and folkloric traditions with the rest of the world. Today, Danza Fiesta's repertoire portrays Puerto Rican folklore and popular dances as a medium to educate, preserve and promote the traditions of these regions. Danza Fiesta has built and preserved a local audience through community and educational outreach and through collaborations with other arts and cultural organizations, public schools, and higher education institutions. Outside of New York City, Danza Fiesta has participated in many travel shows, festivals and other cultural engagements sponsored by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Atlanta and Washington D.C. Other major local events include the 77th annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade with the piece “Un Carnaval de Cabezudos y Vejigantes”, and most recently with the opening pieces of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in 2014, 2015, and 2017.Danza Fiesta has have been featured in NBC, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, NY 1, and CW11. In addition, our colorful images has been published on the cover of major newspapers such as The New York Times, Daily News, El Diario La Prensa, The New York Catholic, and Hoy.



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 and Luis Llorens Torres Children’s Academy PS 114X.

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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 13th, 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

Wednesday, November 15th, 11:30am

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

Thursday, November 16th, 4:00pm

Bomba Dance Master Class with Matthew González
@ Boricua College, 890 Washington Avenue, Bronx

Friday, November 17th, 10am & 11:30am

10:00am: Folklore for Students
11:30am: Folklore for Seniors
@ Hostos Center for the Arts, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx
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Saturday, November 18th, 4:00pm

Festival Finale with Danza Fiesta & Grupo Bambula
@ Main Theater at Eugenio Maria de HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE/CUNY
450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street, Bronx
Box Office: (718)518-4455
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