We love to learn about Puerto Rican culture! Recently, our Performing Arts and Music teacher, Gloria Hicks, taught our ES students how to dance Bomba!
This activity is part of our IB PYP Programme. An IB education works within global contexts, increasing students’ understanding of their own culture as well as others. Because Robinson School puts the International in International Baccalaureate!
As stated in an article by the Smithsonian Folkways, “Bomba dates back to the early European colonial period in Puerto Rico. It comes out of the musical traditions brought by enslaved Africans in the 17th century. To them, bomba music was a source of political and spiritual expression. The lyrics conveyed a sense of anger and sadness about their condition, and songs served as a catalyst for rebellions and uprisings. But bomba also moved them to dance and celebrate, helping them create community and identity. ”
For more information about Puerto Rican Bomba and other folkloric dances, read the Smithsonian Folkways full article.
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