Viento's dream was to ride like the wind across the Cordillera Central ... with her. Ara had chosen a dangerous course to pursue her goal. Is it any wonder that Naguety came along to help keep them out of trouble?
Join Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance for Expreso Pony de Boriken, a refreshing dose of action and comedy that combines theater with traditional music and dance. Written in English, Spanish, and Taino the drama reveals the forgotten history of the Vaqueros de Boriken. The afternoon will inspire you to follow your dreams -- even when your path is unclear.
Our 12th original production, Sembrando Herencia 2014, raises awareness of often-forgotten elements from Puerto Rico's rich heritage and brings history to life for the audience, actors, dancers, musicians, and performing arts students who share in the experience.
Expreso Pony de Boriken will take place on Sunday, December 7, 3pm, at the Davis Auditorium at the Texas School For the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, Austin, Texas 78704. Adult tickets, $12.00 in advance ($15 at the door). Child tickets (ages 3-12) are $5.00. Children 2 and under are FREE. Buy tickets online (no service charges) at: casita.prfdance.org
Expreso Pony de Boriken was written by Tekina-eiru Maynard with the support and collaboration of many people in both Puerto Rico and the mainland. Special thanks go to Actor Luis Olmeda for his collaboration and to Rupert Reyes, Director of Teatro Vivo, for his continued mentorship. Thanks to Dr. Juan Giusti-Cordero (Univ. of Puerto Rico), Juan David Hernandez (Historiador de Caguas), Orville Miller (Actor), and others for sharing their knowledge of the documented history of the vaqueros. Finally, thanks to the Elders of the Taino Pueblo of El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-cu A Boriken for passing down the oral history of the mensajeros of the Cordillera Central that has not been captured by written history.
The Sembrando Herencia 2014 community theater program was made possible in part by funding and support from Target, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Please consider joining the list of many private sponsors who support our work.
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Tickets will be on sale, as well as Puerto Rican Flag accessories (tshirts, banderas, car flags!). Center Location: 701 Tillery Street #13, Austin 78702. Entrance in back. See our invitation on Facebook for Expreso Pony de Boriken or see announcement below.
Roberto Clemente was -- The Great One -- one of the greatest Puerto Rican baseball players of all time! On Saturday, November 8, 10am-1pm, come enjoy a showing of Roberto Clemente Memorabilia! Edwin Baez, "die hard" Clemente fan and avid collector of baseball cards, will show his collection and teach you how to start collecting cards in any sport. Come collect trading cards. Follow the career of your favorite sports star!!
Bring the kids! Our sports experts promise there will be surprises -- and door prizes every hour! At PRFD Cultural Center we are more than dance and music!
SO COME ONE COME ALL to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, in Austin, Texas 78702. Our entrance is on back of the building, steps away from the free parking lot.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, this Taino celebration will be held at the Stephen F. Austin State Park (near Houston), Park Road 38, San Felipe, TX 77473-0125. To find us, ask for the Group Shelter/Dining Hall. Note: There is a fee to enter the park. Directions & info for the park ARE HERE.
The Taino Heritage Celebration is made possible in part by the Pueblo of the Concilio Taino en Tejas, and through funding and support from the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center through a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
For more info see our Facebook invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/378138155671401/
Free & Open to the public. Our 17th birthday celebration will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2-5pm at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin 78702. Our entrance is in the back, just steps away from the free parking lot.
PRFD's season of cultural outreach is sponsored in part with funding and support through the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division which believes an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
Jewels of the Caribbean - Conserving the Coqui Frogs of Puerto Rico
Workshop by: Jennifer Stabile of the San Antonio Zoo
Although Puerto Rico is the smallest of the Greater Antilles, it is also holds much biodiversity. The island is home to many ecosystems from mountains in the interior to coastal plains and beautiful beaches. You can experience several types of life zones such as the montane rain forests of El Yunque and the subtropical dry forests of Guanica. There are 19 amphibians found native to the island of Puerto Rico, and 17 of those species belong to a group of tree frogs we know as the coqui. The coqui are very important to Puerto Rico, both ecologically and culturally. They are the national emblem of Puerto Rico, and represent their community by singing every night as the sun sets over the island. Many of the coqui frogs are declining in population, and are considered species of conservation concern due to a variety of environmental pressures. Out of the 17 species, three are already thought to be extinct. This workshop will teach you about the biology and conservation of the coqui frogs, and what we can do to help preserve these "gems of Puerto Rico" so their song will be heard for years to come.
Jennifer Stabile began her zoo career in the Department of Herpetology at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in 2004, having just completed an internship at Med Toxin Venom Laboratories. During the first few years at the zoo, Jennifer worked weekends as a research assistant at the Ashton Biodiversity Research & Preservation Institute studying the ecology and conservation of Florida herptefauna, with special emphasis on amphibians. In 2005, Jennifer began working with the common coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui), and thus began a long term partnership with Dr. Rafael Joglar, founder of Proyecto Coqui. She has almost a decade of experience working both in-situ and ex-situ with the coqui frogs of Puerto Rico. From 2010-2014 Jen served as a contract partner with The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute to conduct proactive surveillance for the amphibian chytrid fungus, a protist (Dermomycoides sp.) , and ranavirus in amphibians of greatest conservation need. Jennifer currently works at the San Antonio Zoo as Supervisor of Conservation and Research and serves as Co-Chair of the first international division for Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), Caribbean PARC.
Here's the [ Facebook Invite ]/[ Flyer ]. SEMI-FORMAL - THIS IS THE BIG ONE! Join Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance as we celebrate our rich culture with our annual Salsa & Heritage Festival. This year's celebration brings ancestral Bomba traditions to Austin with Bomba Elder & Master and LP artist, Jorge Emmanuelli Nater -- and members of his group -- who will join PRFDance in an exciting joint performance. Bring your dancing shoes and join us in a Bombazo (Bomba Dance)!
Our heritage festival will also feature the hottest Salsa in Central Texas with Orquesta Trabuko, performances by our PRFD performing arts students, handcraft artisans, and comida criolla (food for sale) by Chago's Caribbean Cuisine.
The Celebrando 2014 - Salsa & Bomba Festival will take place on June 21, 2014, 7pm-11:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm) at the Ballroom of the Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane, Austin, TX 78731. Tables are first-come-first-served. So come early and grab a table, visit the artisans, eat, dance, relax, and celebrate -- Puerto Rican style! Admission: $15 Advance/$18 Door, $7 children (12 & under), 2 and under free. Tickets available at our cultural center. Also...
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Celebrando 2014 Humanities and Heritage project was made possible in part by support from APRISA of San Antonio, Holiday Inn Express, Chagos Caribbean Cuisine, and, through awards from the Austin Friends of Folk Arts, Humanities Texas, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks. This year's Festival is also sponsored in part with funding and support through the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division which believes an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
CALLING ARTISANS OF HANDCRAFTED, PAINTED OR SCULPTURED ARTS & CRAFTS!
Here is the application to register your artesania for a vendor opportunity at our Festival!
Come relive your childhood! Some of the sweetest memories, and the best friendships are formed from the simple times in life! Oh yeah...don't forget to bring the kids.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. This event will take place at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street 78702. Entrance is in back of building, steps away from free parking.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Taino love the Earth everyday! Our cultural center hosts El Concilio Taino as they organize a Spring Celebration that will teach Taino traditions on why it's important to take care of the earth. Activities will include learning how to:
The day will be fun, educational, and of course, include an Areyto Guaytiao, a Taino "friendship dance" for all! Contact Tekina-eiru Maynard if you want to learn more about the Taino and become involved!
This event is hosted by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street 78702. Entrance is in back of building, steps away from free parking. *When Nature Sings! is an interactive workshop supported by La Pena, and sponsored in part by The City of Austin with funding and support through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
This cultural event will take place at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin 78702. Our entrance is in the back of the building, steps away from free parking.
This workshop will take place on Saturday, March 22, 5-7pm, at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702. Entrance in the back of the building, steps away from free parking. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is part of our larger Celebrando 2014 - Salsa & Bomba Festival (June 21, see below), all made possible by funding and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks; and the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division which believes an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
Bring your dancing shoes and come experience an authentic Bombazo (a Bomba dance) based in our Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. Saturday, March 22, 5-7pm, at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702. Entrance in the back of the building, steps away from free parking. This event is part of our larger Celebrando 2014 - Salsa & Bomba Festival (June 21), all made possible by funding and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks; and the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division which believes an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
Each year Los Reyes honor someone who has made a significant contribution to our Central Texas community! The 2014 honorees -- Chago's Caribbean Cuisine! Like dancing Salsa? Come enjoy our maple wood floors! This joyful afternoon will feature Salsa dancing for all, a Parranda, and a performance by Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance!
This celebration will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2014, 2-5pm, at our Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, in Austin, Texas 78702. Our center is located in the back of the building, steps away from free parking. Here are directions. This event is sponsored in part by Crown Trophy-Austin, who has provided the award for this year's secret honoree!