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14th Birthday Celebration &
Disaster Relief (Texas Wildfires)
Sept. 11th, 2011, 2-5pm

On September 11, 2011, 2-5pm PRFDance partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas to turn our 14th Anniversary celebration into a Disaster Relief event to help our communities displaced by the Texas Wildfires. Approximately 150 cultural tourists, from Houston to Dallas, as well as members of our community joined our special guests, the Csardas Hungarian Dancers to celebrate our annual birthday event with cake and candles, thanks to sponsorship by Fiesta Mart! Visitors of all ages enjoyed traditional to contemporary music and dance by PRFDance Performing Company and Youth, as well as a special percussion circle led by PRFDance's own master of percussion.

The Borinqueneers Motorclub joined our Disaster Relief efforts, adding to donations of non-perishable foods, water, and baby supplies to help our City stocks that had been running low in this critical time. Due to the extended drought -- the worst recorded in 150 years -- 16-mile-long walls of fire and smoke had destroyed more than 100,000 acres that week. 57 wildfires had destroyed 1,000 homes, and most of the 6,000-acre Basdrop State Park (95%). More than 3.5 million Texas acres had burned since December, an area roughly the size of Connecticut.

We closed our event with an authentic Taino Areyto (ceremonial dance) to thank God for 14 wonderful years, and the opportunity to help others. The Areyto ended in a Guaytiao (friendship dance) that everyone was able to participate in, a Taino tradition taught to us by El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma Cu A Boriken.

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance is happy to have been able to share the joy of our rich traditions with our community these last 14 years, and hand down our heritage to the next generation! Enjoy the memories!

Hungarian Dancers celebrate with us!

Birthday Bombazo!

Our Youth love Bomba!!

And we're friendly too!

Dances from El Dia de Hoy!

Happy Birthday PRDance

Taino Areyto to celebrate our birthday

Jajom Semign! (Thank you God)

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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