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La Peña 40th Anniversary Party: Puerto Rican Dance & Afro-Cuban Drums | Berkeley

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Sunday, June 7, 2015 - All Day | Cost: FREE
La Peña Cultural Center | 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

La Peña 40th Anniversary Party: Free Classes & Performances | Berkeley

RKS-at-La-Pena-300x225La Peña Cultural Center celebrates 40 years of art and activism in the Bay and beyond throughout the month of June, kicking off with an open house, a facility-wide art exhibit, free music and dance classes, and more.

“La Pena” means gathering place, where artists of all disciplines could come together to share company, food, and music in order to preserve cultural forms and create new ones.

2015 La Peña Open House
Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7, 2015 | Noon to 5 pm
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley

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  • 12-1 pm: Rockin’ Kid’s Sing Along – Instructor: Stephanie Pepitone
    Family-friendly music straight outta Oakland. Rockin’ Kids Trio is lead by Stephanie Pepitone, host of the Rockin’ Kids Sing-Along, a weekly early childhood musical playgroup held on Friday mornings at La Peña.
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Blues Dancing Class – Instructor: Victor Lane
    Blues dancing is all about connection, musicality, partnership and having fun. It can range from sensual to sad to gritty to soulful and anything in between. DJs play a variety of vintage and modern blues music in many styles and tempos, suitable for many styles of blues dancing.
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Discover the Guitar (In the Lounge) – Brother Khalil
    This group class is designed for beginner to intermediate musicians seeking to find their individual voice on the guitar. Discover The Guitar offers students a solid musical foundation while exploring songs and styles from around the world.
  • 12-2 pm: Tango and more – Instructor: Gigi Jensenmaria-de-la-rosa-e1417876532363
  • 4-5 pm: Kids Vocal Recital – Instructor: Gail Dobson


  • 1-3 pm: Bomba y Plena Workshop & Son Jarocho
    Bomba y Plena: Instructors Shefali Shah and Hector Lugo
    Bomba is a traditional form of Puerto Rican music and dance. The central feature of all bomba dancing is its improvisational character. The dancer calls, with her or his moves, for specific accents and figures, piquetes, that the drummer has to execute on the drum. Musically, bomba features the use of the drum and other percussion instruments in combination with an African derived call and response vocal style.
    Son Jarocho: Instructor Maria de la Rosa
    Learn fundamentals in jarana, zapateado, canto, and some percussion in a holistic approach to studying son jarocho. These classes are a continuation of PAZ: Fandango Urbano and are opportunities to get together and discover the protocols associated with fandango and the practice of a community music.rumba-300-2001-300x200
  • 3-4 pm: Rumba
    Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.
  • 4-6 pm: Meet and greet with Aaron Lorenz, La Peña’s new Executive Director


Links: Event details

Cost: FREE


Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, East Bay, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops, Live Music
Address: 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
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