Courses in the practice and performance of traditional Afro-Latino percussion and dance.

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Academia Bembé focuses on practice and performance skills within the cultural context of the Afro-Latino Diaspora through the traditions of

Puerto Rican Bomba, Plena and Salsa | Brazilian Samba and Capoeira | Colombian Cumbia, Bullerengue and Puya | Panamanian Tamborito and Congó | Cuban Son, Rumba, Batá and Salsa | Mexican Son Jarocho | Dominican Merengue and Bachata | West African Kuku, Sinte, and more

Important Registration Information: * Afro-Latino musical traditions rely on a strong group dynamic. Regular attendance is expected for the progress of the entire group. * Participation in 1-2 public performances is required as a part of these courses. * One month’s tuition is due upon registration and is non-refundable. The following months’ payments will be auto-billed. * Traditional performance apparel and instruments are included in cost of tuition. * Discounts: $25/month sibling discount | $25/month discount for students enrolled in both drum and dance. (*Discount cannot be applied to Teen Dance, or Parent/Adult classes).

Register for Fall 2019 Youth Workshops September 20-December 14

YOUTH DANCE for Ages 6-12: Saturdays, 11:30-12:30am @ Studio 611 (611 S. Layton Blvd.) PRE-REGISTER HERE

YOUTH DRUM for Ages 6-16 - Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm @ Escuela Verde (3628 W. Pierce St.) PRE-REGISTER HERE

TEEN DANCE, Ages 13-19 - Both Wednesdays, 6:15-7:30pm & Saturdays, 12:30-1:45pm @ Studio 611(611 S. Layton Blvd.) PRE-REGISTER HERE

OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FIRST TUITION PAYMENT WILL BE DUE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH. Once you have pre-registered (no cost to pre-register), you will receive your official registration link to pay your first month’s tuition. All tuition payments after your first payment will be auto-billed.

For registration questions, please email our Program Director, Imani Jalil, at

Register for Adult Workshops September 23-December 9

Beginners Cuban Rumba Percussion with Carlos Adames, Ages 17+, Mondays, 7:30-8:30pm @ Escuela Verde (3628 W. Pierce St.) REGISTER