Bomba!

Jaylynn Lyons; Group 13

Following more introductions, we lead into Bomba. After watching a short video in class about it, I was very excited to experience it live. Bomba is a traditional dance and musical style that originated in Puerto Rico. Bomba is described to be a presentation that shows the connection between the drummer and the dancer. The drummer is required to follow the dancer in their movements. The rhythm that was instructed for majority of the session was named “Bombiando.” The participants were engaged and enlightened by the experience by following the instructor’s movements. People of all ages that joined in Bomba expressed an energy that spread throughout the whole room. To “spice it up” the last four minutes of Bomba was the rhythm called “Quembe.” Different from “Bombiando” the rhythm was faster and included a vocal portion from the dancers to intensify the emotions that radiated throughout the dance. This was an unforgettable moment to watch a community come together to dance and release feelings of excitement and love. 

Women Who Rock: Dance

By: Jaylynn Lyons; Group 13

Walking into the event, I was overwhelmed with all of the beautiful colors and culture that radiated through the space. The energy in the room is fulfilling and the crowd’s expressions are full of love and happiness for the words and performances being presented. After the introductions, two members presented a beautiful poetic dance named “Where Do I Come From.” It displayed beautiful movements of the body and rhythmic patterns by the feet. There was dialogue in Spanish that illuminated the emotion of the dance as a whole. During the presentation, I was moved and invited into another universe full of inclusion and sharing. After the performance, they explained the importance of communication and how it can be presented through drumming, singing, and dancing. A beautiful quote shared by one of the dancers was “We all can drum, we all can sing, we all can dance.” They express how emotions soar through the rhythm and way the drum is played. They define it as a way of healing and portraying a story full of emotion. I was definitely enlightened by the performance and it was a great start to an amazing event.