The V.I. Department of Education’s Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education (DVICE) and its partners will hold the second installment of the Cultural Pop-Up Workshop Series for the 2019-2020 school year on Dec. 13.
The “Dances of the V.I. — Bamboula, Bomba, Maypole and Quadrille” pop-up workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Sunny Isle Amphitheater.
According to Division of Cultural Education Director Valrica Bryson, the workshop will “engage both our students and the community to learn the various dance art forms of the Virgin Islands.”
Each of the dances have significant historic relevance in the territory.
“Long ago, our ancestors were not given the opportunity to display their heritage and thus began to mimic those whom [sic] had them enslaved,” Bryson said. “As we pay homage to the Bomba from our sister island of Puerto Rico and our very own Bamboula, let us bring back those dances of our African heritage.”
The workshop is free and open to the public. Students are welcomed and encouraged to participate.