Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance
& Cultural Center
11th Birthday Celebration &
Hurricane Ike Benefit
On Sunday, September 14, 2008, our Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural
Center converted our originally planned 11th Birthday Celebration into a Hurricane
Ike Relief Event that raised food-donations for the Capital Area Food Bank of
Texas. Just days before, Hurricane Ike hit our coastal shores and was
headed to Austin, Texas. As the storm progressed, the hurricane
altered its path making Austin a safe haven.
Austin opened its doors to the mass exodus of over 6000 evacuees
from the coastal regions in its path. Our schools and public facilities
were filled with families seeking safety from the storm.
Free and open to the public, this event demonstrated our continued
committment to share our culture with our community and hand down our
beautiful heritage to a new generation!
Approximately 200 from our local community, nearby cities -- and even guest
hurricane families -- were treated to informal performances of music and dance -- Bomba, Plena, Salsa, and Taino music and dance --
by our company and performing arts students. The community participated in a "Bombazo"
and sang and danced with us before the barriles! The children enjoyed
singing happy birthday to our escuelita and blowing out the birthday
a closing Areito, a Taino prayer and ceremonial dance, to the families
affected by the hurricane.
Bomba dance and singalong -- for all!
The community dances Bomba!
Happy Birthday dear Escuelita!
Plena, Salsa, everybody dance!
Taino prayer and areito, dedicated to hurricane families
For more information:
Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Cultural Center Address: 701 Tillery Street #13, Austin TX 78702-3738 (Map & Directions)
Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728-4555
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