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DANCE PROGRAMS

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DANCE PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Child & Teen Traditional Dance & Culture (Beginner through Intermediate)
[Youth Photos]!

Starting at age 4. Beginner through intermediate dance classes teach children and teens traditional dances such as Bomba, Plena, Seis, Danza and native Taino dance to students. We also teach popular dances that are relevant to our culture (like Salsa and Merengue) to help students join the fun at family celebrations. Classes start with the basics and build on previous lessons to create full-length choreographies for performance. These fun, bilingual classes include age-appropriate lessons on culture, history, games and songs. Cultural lessons enhance the base appreciation of Puerto Rican traditions, and provide great research materials for school projects. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.


Teen Contemporary Dance (Beginner/Intermediate)

Select Semesters. This class helps dance students excel in scholastic Dance Teams by teaching technique and dance routines that fuse contemporary and athletic moves, using music that appeals to today's youth. Students learn challenging choreographies for performance. Stage presence and teamwork are an important focus of this class. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical.

Junior Company & Apprentice Program (Intermediate)

Our Junior Company is the training ground for our Adult Performing Company. This program includes youth dance apprentices who have reached an intermediate/advanced skill in Puerto Rican traditional dance. Those who have demonstrated a a serious committment and passion for dance, may be promoted to the rank of Junior Company Dancer. Our Company performs at cultural and artistic events throughout the year. The Junior Company, and their apprentices, take weekly technique building classes to help them mature their skill-level in traditional dance, complex choreographies, and estampas. Commitment to attend appropriate technique-building classes and Junior Company rehearsals is a program requirement. Jr Co rehearsals polish choreographies to performance quality at a speed and intensity geared towards youth dancers at an intermediate/advanced youth level. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.


Adult Traditional & Fusion Dance (Beginner/Intermediate)

This beginner/intermediate level dance class for adults and advanced teens teaches traditional dances such as Bomba, Plena, Seis, Danza, and native Taino dance. For extra fun, we also explore fusion-dance that combines traditional dance with Jazz, Salsa, and other popular dance styles from Puerto Rico in "Broadway" (theatre) style! Class teaches basic steps, correct character, stage presence, and builds on knowledge from previous classes towards a full-length choreography. Joyful and challenging, this is a great class for those interested in stage performance, or for those who just want to have fun! Lessons on Puerto Rican food, language, history, and more are added to enhance the base appreciation of Puerto Rican culture. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.



Performing Company Dance (Intermediate/Advanced)

By Director's invitation. Named by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, PRFDance is the cultural Ambassador for Puerto Rico in Texas and the Southwest. We are proud to share our rich traditions with the community, and hand down our cultural heritage to the next generation! Our Company produces and performs at cultural and artistic events throughout the year.

This fast-paced adult company class trains our Performing Company Dancers. It is targeted for dancers who have reached an advanced-level in Puerto Rican folkloric dances. The first hour of class teaches advanced technique, stage presence, and character of traditional dance styles such as Bomba, Plena, Seis, Danza, and native Taino dance. The second hour focuses on advanced choreographies for performance at a speed and intensity geared towards dancers at a professional level. As a well-rounded company, we also experiment with popular and fusion styles of dance that are relevant to our culture, and incorporate acting skills to present estampas -- scenes from life through dance expression.

Commitment to attend dance classes and company rehearsals is a program requirement, as well as team spirit and a demonstrated passion for our nonprofit mission. Classes teach, review, and polish old repertoire, and build new complex choreographies and estampas. Closed company rehearsals polish material to performance perfection. To prepare for performances, exciting full-company rehearsals are held that merge the PRFDance Performing Company Dancers and Musicans. There is nothing like practicing and performing live music and dance together to learn how to work as a team! In addition to participating in inhouse and community events, semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.


Company Dancer Apprentice Program

Audition by Director's invitation. PRFDance is the cultural Ambassador for Puerto Rico in Texas and the Southwest. We produce and perform at cultural and artistic events throughout the year. This program trains dancers for our performing company. Adult dance students with the following qualities may be given an invitation to audition for this program: Invited participants take class with our performing company dancers, and as they excel, begin learning company repertoire. Continued demonstration of the above qualities -- especially commitment, good attendance, and team spirit -- is a requirement to continue in the program. Apprentices who master folkloric dance technique, and demonstrate a devoted heart, commitment, and a passion for our nonprofit mission may be promoted to rank of PRFDance Performing Company Dancer. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our
June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.


Boricua Jazz - Teens through Adults

Group classes available. What do you get when Puerto Rico meets Jazz -- BORICUA JAZZ! This class fuses Jazz Dance with unique Puerto Rican and Afro-Boricua traditional dance style and movement. This class starts with the basics and builds choreography to the sounds of today's music influenced by Puerto Rico's rhythms and traditions. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.

Boricua-Cardio & Weights - all levels.

Select Semesters. Get in shape with this exciting, high energy class! Will increase cardio and endurance, strength and flexibility to the explosive sounds of music from Puerto Rico. Bring a towel or workout mat, and optional, weights (2-5 pounds) to intensify your work out. All you need for this class is enthusiasm.

Boricua-Robics - all ages, levels.

Group classes available. You can take Aerobics all over town -- but only *WE* are Boricuaaaaaa! Get in shape with the traditional dance moves from Puerto Rico all the world loves! This exciting, high energy class will increase cardio and endurance, strength and flexibility to the explosive sounds of Puerto Rico -- Salsa, Merengue, Reggeaton, and more. Bring a towel or work out mat, and optional, weights (2-5 pounds) to intensify your work out. All you need for this class is enthusiasm! Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.


Salsa & Puerto Rican Culture

Custom workshops for couples and special groups. Learn to dance Salsa ("On1") and other latin social dances -- Puerto Rican Style. Custom classes teach basic steps, easy turn patterns, body movement and style that is uniquely Puerto Rican. Lessons on culture and history will enhance appreciation for your special workshop. Interested in an entertaining or educationl talk without the dancing? Our Founding Director is a Humanities Texas Scholar/Speaker and can deliver a custom workshop on a wide variety of topics in Puerto Rico's traditions, culture and history for your team building, educational program, or event. Sample list of topics. Custom workshops are perfect for training and education programs, team building, stress relief, and healthy living. Contact us for affordable pricing.

Wedding, Quinceanera & Pageant Choreography

Make your day truly magical with a choreography created just for you! Creative, custom choreography for any solo, couple, or group including Wedding, Quinceanera, and Pageant. Let us create your dream father-daughter or mother-son dance, wedding or surprise dance, grand entrance and more for your court or wedding party. We can work with any style of dance or music, or let us help you decide from our vast expertise in Puerto Rico's elegant Salon (Danza and Vals), folkloric (Bomba, Plena, Seis), modern social dances (Salsa, Merengue, and more). Lessons on Puerto Rican culture and history added for those who want to learn about our proud and lively heritage. Additional culturally specific event planning is also available upon request. Private classes in our oversized maple-floor studio will fit your schedule and budget. Contact us for affordable pricing.



COMMUNITY THEATRE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Community Theatre Program

Fall Semesters (starts Sept). Each Fall, PRFD Director Tekina-eiru' Maynard creates an original bilingual musical, written in her signature style filled with joy, adventure, and magic, that combines live music, dance, and theater, to bring awareness of often-forgotten elements from Puerto Rico's rich heritage. All levels are welcome. If you enjoy (or always wanted) to act, dance, sing or play music -- one or more -- -- you will have great fun being part of our community theatre program! Acting students meet on Wednesday evenings. Semester culminates in the performance of an original story that brings to light unsung heroes in Puerto Rico's history! Here's information on
TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.



MUSIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Coqui & Family / Youth Percussion Rudiments [Photos]

Whole families are having as much fun as the kids in this family-style program for young children and children with varying abilities who have the opportunity to enjoy music and dance. Everyone participates in this class that teaches the rudiments of folkloric rhythm and dance, children's songs in Spanish ("Canciones Infantiles"), and traditional children's games ("Juegos Infantiles") in a family-style, mixed-age class based in our cultural traditions. Children receive a musically rich learning experience to help them one day grow and graduate into our Youth Dance and Music Programs!

Students progress at a rate tailored to their individual abilities. Emphasis is placed on the enjoyment and experience of family togetherness. Although this class is not therapeutic in its intent, all are welcome to enjoy this learning experience that encourages family togetherness and bonding through the joy that is Puerto Rico! Read this exciting story about Coqui Class, written by a Parent. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.


Percussion - Beginner/Intermediate

Percussion classes for beginners through intermediate levels (Adults/Teens, 12 & up) teach traditional percussion rhythms from Puerto Rico, such as Bomba and Plena, as well as other afro-caribbean percussive rhythms relevant to our culture. Instruments taught include barriles, panderos, large and small percussion. Lessons on Puerto Rican food, language, history, and more are added to enhance the base appreciation of Puerto Rican culture. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.

Percussion - Advanced/Company Class

By invitation. This very advanced percussion class teaches traditional percussion rhythms from Puerto Rico, such as Bomba and Plena, as well as complex compositions for barriles, panderos, large and small percussion instruments for performance with our Company Music Ensemble. Lessons on Puerto Rican food, language, history, and more are added to enhance the base appreciation of Puerto Rican culture. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.


Cuatro - Beginner through Advanced

Puerto Rico's national instrument, the 10-string Cuatro Puertorriqueno is the cornerstone of our musica tipica. Our beginner and intermediate level classes will teach you basic technique, as well as interpretation and execution of various traditional styles ranging from seis and aguinaldo, to plena, to bailes de salon. The intermediate/advanced class teaches more complex technique and compositions. Any age, any experience, no experience- we invite you to become part of a rare class of musician. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.

Rondalla - Intermediate/Advanced

Music ensemble class for cuatro and guitar, targetted for intermediate levels and above, focus on various traditional styles ranging from seis and aguinaldos to bailes de salon. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.


Choir Programs - Beginner through Advanced

Do you like singing in the shower? You will have MUCH more fun singing with us! Choir classes for all ages and levels teach tradition songs -- Bomba, Plena and more! Our beginner class for all ages is a joyful way to practice or learn Spanish -- great for the whole family! Learn to play the recorder (wind instrument) for added fun!

Our Music Ensemble Choir (Intermediate/Advanced), for adults and advanced teens, works on performance material with our Company Musicians. For all classes, lessons on Puerto Rican food, language, history, and more are added to enhance the base appreciation of Puerto Rican culture. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.

Student Music Ensemble & Apprentice Program (Intermediate)

This program teaches Puerto Rican compositions to pre-college and adult students who have a proficiency in instrument, percussion, or voice. Taught by professional performers, it is ideal for students at an intermediate level (or higher) who are interested in learning authentic orchestration of Puerto Rican music and cultural traditions. This student program provides opportunities to play and learn with our Performing Company Musicos. Our nurturing environment helps students develop their musical ability, build confidence, and work as team. As skill permits, students may be invited to perform with the Performing Company Musicians.

Advanced students interested in becoming a Performing Company Musico may advance to Apprentice with their hard work and maturity of talent. Apprentices learn advanced-level material and the art of delivering quality performance in folklore. Commitment and good attendance is a program requirement. Successful apprentices who demonstrate a proficiency for their instrument and a passion for our nonprofit mission may be invited to join the PRFDance Company Musicos. Semesters for all culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.

Music Ensemble Program (Intermediate/Advanced)

This program is for singers, instrumentalists, and percussionists interested in learning authentic orchestration of our traditional and popular music, as well as engage in Puerto Rico's lively cultural traditions. Program participants learn and play with the Performing Company Musicos. For the very advanced, ensemble meetings offer opportunities to keep polished, improve technique and orchestration skills, as well as work on material for community performances. Musicians who demonstrate a firm committment and a passion for our non-profit mission may be invited to join the Performing Company Musicos. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.

Performing Company Musicos (Advanced/Pro Level)

Audition by Director's invitation. Named by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, PRFDance is the cultural Ambassador for Puerto Rico in Texas and the Southwest. We are proud to share our rich traditions with the community, and hand down our cultural heritage to the next generation! Our Company produces and performs at cultural and artistic events throughout the year.

This fast-paced program works on traditional and popular music for performance. Gifted musicians through professional-level, who demonstrate a firm committment and a passion for the nonprofit mission of PRFDance, may be invited to join the Performing Company Musicos. Company Musicos are active members of the Music Ensemble Program, as well as attend closed company rehearsals to polish material to performance perfection. Commitment to attend ensemble meetings and company rehearsals is a program requirement. To prepare for performances, exciting full-company rehearsals are held that merge the Performing Company Dancers and Musicans. There is nothing like practicing and performing live music and dance together to learn how to work as a team. Here's information on TUITION, DUES & DISCOUNTS.

Puerto Rican Masters

By Director's Invitation. This program attracts active professional musicians already skilled and knowledgeable in Puerto Rican music and folklore. Musicians bestowed this prestigious title are a living resource, contributing expert knowledge in traditional compositions, authentic ochestration, documented and oral music history and traditions. Their profound expertise may inspire them to lead a program in instrument or ensemble, or share Puerto Rican traditions at a conference, workshop or live media interview. Puerto Rican Masters enjoy ensemble meetings with the Performing Company Musicos, and opportunities to keep their technique and orchestration skills polished while working on high-quality performance material. Commitment to attend regular ensemble meetings and rehearsals is a program requirement. Puerto Rican Masters who demonstrate a firm committent, and a passion for our non-profit mission, may be invited to join the PRFDance Performing Company Musicos. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical.


PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

In 2005, Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance was named by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, as the cultural Ambassador for Puerto Rico in Texas and the Southwest. Here is a sample of our annual productions & community outreach:

  • Celebrando Heritage Festival (with Puerto Rican Masters) - multiphase project engages our community with folklore workshops and a heritage festival featuring performances, dancing for all, authentic food, and handcraft artesania. Master-level workshops broaden our performing and teaching expertise.

  • Sembrando Herencia (annual December musical) - original bilingual musicals, written by PRFDance Director Tekina-eiru' Maynard, bring history to life through community theatre featuring live music and dance. Gives actors, dancers, musicians, and students of all ages opportunities to develop multidisciplinary skills.

  • Community Outreach - free, near-monthly events share cultural traditions such as: Three Kings/Octavitas holiday celebration, dominoes socials, and the annual Roberto Clemente memorabilia display.

  • Taino Arts & Heritage Programs - workshops based in autentic, indigenous oral traditions give community exposure to the Taino traditions of Puerto Rico.

    Company Performance Opportunities (Photo Album)

    The Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance performing company of dancers, musicians and juniors perform at cultural and artistic events throughout the year. In addition to our free inhouse presentations, we perform at cultural events in Central Texas and beyond that serve a greater community. We also produce two annual high-visibility, mainstage productions that joyfully present Puerto Rican culture and traditions.

    The Celebrando Heritage project is a large-scale, annual two phase project featuring master-level training with Puerto Rican masters, and a joint-performance at our annual Heritage Festival. Sembrando Herencia's December musical is our annual original musical that features live music, dance, and community theatre. It gives company members an opportunity to explore and engage in a multidisciplinary performance while learning about Puert Rico's unsung heroes and oral history.


    Student Performance Opportunities (Photo Album)

    Learning the art of performance is an important part of the formal education students receive through our performing arts programs. This valuable beyond-the-classroom training gives experience and insights that cannot be learned in a studio. Good attendance during the semester is required to master the material and perform in these productions.

    Professional-level students participating in our programs enjoy the opportunity to work on high-quality performance material, and serve as role models to aspiring young artists. Performance opportunities for all include informal, inhouse presentations that serve a resource limited community. Semesters culminate in high visibility performances including our June Heritage Festival and annual December musical (described above) that give our performing arts students the opportunity to share the stage with our Performing Company.



    CLASSES OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN

    We are located in Austin Texas. See our Links Page for a listing of schools and cultural centers that we know of in other cities. If you teach Puerto Rican traditional dances, music or culture, contact us and we'll add your information.




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