Sembrando Herencia 2005 - Puerto Rico Mi Patria - December 11, 2005, 3pm
A British fleet of over 7000 men arrived for
what should have been an easy victory with less than 200 trained Spanish
soldiers guarding the fort. To their surprise, the British discovered the
heroism of the Puerto Rican people as farmers, fisherman, and ordinary
citizens came from the mountains, coastal towns, and cities to save the island!
Join us for the debut our newest mini-musical "Puerto Rico Mi Patria,"
our exciting "obra" of traditional music and dance, written by
PRFDance Director Ana Maria Maynard, that tells the story of
the British Invasion of 1797.
This "obra" of traditional music and dance is the product
of eight months of serious historical investigation and is based on official and
rare historical references. Enjoy reading
behind our production, which including historical research contributed
by Professor Juan A. Guisti Cordero, Univeristy of Puerto Rico.
Theatrical enhancements were in collaboration with Rupert Reyes, director of
Teatro Vivo. Special guests include "Jaleo Flamenco" Austin's own student
flamenco company, and performing arts students from Texas Empowerment Academy.
Each year PUERTO RICAN FOLKLORIC DANCE brings the rich heritage of Puerto Rico to Austin
in a lively performance of traditional dance, music and song that passes
on a heritage to a new generation and showcases more than 50
of our own dancers, musicians, and performing arts students.
This lively celebration of Spanish, Taino and West African roots
will take place at the Journey Theatre at W. Charles Akins High School's Fine Arts Center, Sunday, December 11 at 3pm.
Admission general seating - $10 adults, $5 for children 12 and under,
lap children free (2 & under). Advance tickets online through
http://austix.com or call 512-474-TIXS (8497).
For more information on Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance, see our
website (www.prfdance.org) or call 512-251-8122.
Here's a direct link to
at austix.com (or click on our picture on the
main page at AusTix).
DIRECTIONS TO THEATRE: Akins is located at
10701 South First Street, south of Slaughter Lane, in Austin, Texas.
Take IH35, exit at Slaughter Lane.
Turn WEST onto Slaughter. Turn Left at 2nd Light onto South 1st St.
School 1-1/2 miles on the left hand side.(Apparently, none
of the computer map websites can find it!)
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance's performance season is annually funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Institute
of Puerto Rican Culture, IBM, and others.
Here's a POSTER for the show.
Live outside of Austin? Take advantage of the
special PRFDance Rate and treat yourself to a weekend in Austin!
Enjoy these promotions from the Chronicle and
Institute of PR Culture Affiliation Announcement, November 10, 2005
On November 10, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture came to Austin to announce that it has named the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center the 5th Affiliated Cultural Center on the Mainland US! This was a major media event. Austin City Councilman Raul Alvarez and Josilda Acosta from the Inst. of PR Culture shared the delivery of the announcment. A special performance by
PRFDance musicians and dancers followed.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Ft. Sam, San Antonio - Oct 8, 2005, 8pm to 1am
In support of the Hispanic Month Celebration held in all military
facilities around the world, A & C Promotion Latin Entertainment brings
a little bit of Hispanic culture to the San Antonio community with a special
performance and dance. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance opens with a performance
of Bomba and Plena, traditional dances to live music featuring native
instruments. Then there will be dancing for all to the sounds of the
very popular salsa band from San Antonio "Orquesta Tropicante."
To make sure you never sit down, DJ Tropicolosound will be
spinning the hottest Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Reggeaton.
Come celebrate Hispanic Month with us on Saturday, 8 Oct 05 from 2000-0100
(that's 8pm to 1am for civilians) at the Ft Sam Houston Club in San Antonio,
Texas. Advance Tickets $12.00, at the door $15.00.
For Tickets Call: 210-666-2090 or 210-661-7402.
Here's a flyer!!
Poetry Workshop (Luis Pales Matos) - Oct 9, 2005, 2-4pm
Our Puerto Rican Studies program proudly announces a a poetry workshop by
Tomas Ayala-Torres entitled: "To the Rhythm of Nappy Hair and Mulatto Things,"
a recital and introduction to the poetry of Luis Pales Matos.
This entertaining workshop will present the poetry of Pales, how it
spans Afro-Caribbean literature, and what it means to Puerto Ricans.
This workshop will be presented in Spanish and English by Puerto Rico's own
Tomas Ayala-Torres, creative writer and translator with expertise in
World Literature and Poetry. This two-hour workshop will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2005 from from 2-4pm at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance &
Cultural Center. Admission is $5, but FREE to current Cultural Center
student/participants and FREE to PRFDance Familia Members!
RSVP, seating is limited. Click here
for more information on our Workshops on Puerto Rican Studies.
Hispanic Heritage Day at Ft. Sam, San Antonio - September 22, 2005
We were excited to represent Puerto Rico at Ft. Sam's Hispanic Heritage
Day celebration held on September 22, 2005 in San Antonio Texas. Over 300 were
invited to this special luncheon -- from Generals to Soldiers, as well as other VIPs. Our display
included information on Puerto Rican cultural traditions. Several of our
young students in costume brought color and life to our representation.
PRFDance Familia Picnic - September 11, 2005, 2-6pm
We will be inviting ALL our PRFDance Familia members, their family and friends,
to our annual "Dia en el Campo," an old-fashioned event for the whole family!
Come dance to the hot sounds of Salsa and Merengue, play Dominoes and
Briscas while children play in a deluxe playground within eye distance!
Come dance Bomba to live drums!!
Familia Members have already been invited. Become a
PRFDance Familia Member
and receive YOUR invitation! (This year's Familia donations will be used
to build our New School!!)
LatiNation on American Latino Television, Sept 11th weekend, July 17th weekend, 2005.
We enjoyed performing for American Latino TV (www.americanlatino.tv)
and their weekly program "LatiNation."
Our documentary piece will educate major cities in the US and Caribbean
on Puerto Rican culture and traditional music and dance. American Latino
TV airs on more than 70 major markets across the country,
from LA and San Francisco to every major Texas city to Chicago, Miami,
New York, as well as Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Here's where to watch
in your town. Dear Austin, our program is scheduled to air on
Sunday July 17, 2005 1:30 p.m. CST on KBEJ (UPN), Cable channel 23 and again
on Sunday Sept 11, 2005 same time, same channel.
Fiesta Hispanidad 2005, Killeen Convention Center - September 10, 2005, 8pm-2am
Central Texas performers from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Panama come together
in Killeen Texas for Fiesta Hispanidad 2005, a folkloric show and Gala Dance
on September 10, 2005 hosted by the Panamanian Folklore Dancers of Killeen.
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance will be performing Bomba and Plena,
traditional dances to live music featuring native instruments.
Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico de Texas (Austin) and the Panamanian
Folklore Dancers (Killeen) will be performing traditional dances from
Mexico and Panama. Grupo Chokolate (San Antonio) will heat up dancing
for all with the sounds of Merengue, Salsa, and Bachata.
This event will take place at the Killeen Convention Center in Killeen, Texas.
Tickets $20, available at the door or at the Killeen Food Store.
For more information call Catalina Schessler, Director of Panamanian
Folklore Dancers at 254-699-3208 or 713-907-1870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is sponsored in part by the Killeen Arts Commission.
Here's a flyer!!
Celebrando 2005 with William Cepeda & AfroBoricua - June 25 (8pm) & 26th (2pm), 2005
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance celebrates the rich culture of Puerto Rico
with a unique performance -- "Celebrando 2005 - "Loiza Viva" with
special guests William Cepeda and AfroBoricua direct from Puerto Rico!
Join our professional-level performing company of dancers and musicians
as we bring the folklore of Loiza Aldea to Central Texas for the first time!
Come celebrate with us as we recreate the carnaval traditions of
the Festival of Santiago Apostol, and the songs and games of a Baquine.
Enjoy tradition to modern, as we perform
to AfroRican Jazz based on our folklore like only William Cepeda can create!
Enjoy traditional to modern, as we perform the full spectrum of Puerto
Rican traditional music and folklore-based AfroRican Jazz
-- including the firey bomba of Loiza -- like only
William Cepeda can create.
This all-live music and dance performance will take place June 25 (8pm) and
June 26 (2pm) at the State Theater, 719 Congress Avenue in downtown
Austin, Texas. Reserved seating, admission $15 adults, $10 for children 12 &
under, lap children free (2 & under). Tickets on sale at the theatre box
by phone (1-866-443-8849), or stop by any Pinky's Wireless outlet.
[Note: the ticket selling company charges a service charge no matter
where you buy your tickets.]
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance's largest performance of the year is
brought to you by the City of Austin under the Auspices of the Austin Arts
Commission, the Texas Arts Commission on the Arts, the Institute of Puerto
Rican Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts, Central Market, IBM,
Target, and many private and industry sponsors.
While you wait, enjoy these
photos creating the show. Print the
3rd Annual Spring Gala - May 22, 2005, 2-6pm
This exclusive semi-formal event invites PRFDance
Familia Members and Industry/Local Sponsors to an elegant ballroom
celebration with our Cultural Center participants and their families and
friends! This proud afternoon of music and dancing-for-all features
special performances by our Performing Arts students and Performing Company.
Our largest donors will be recognized for their generosity!
Here's how you can become a
PRFDance Familia Member .