Dancing Bomba: A Diasporic Context for Social Change and Meaning in Los Angeles
Mentor:Dr. Patricia de Freitas , Professor of Ethnic & Women Studies , California State Polytechnic University Pomona - Cal Poly Pomona
This qualitative study explored the performance of Bomba and its historical evolution from the rural regions of Puerto Rico to the urban spaces of Los Angeles. Bomba is the name of a dance and a group of related dances that evolved in the 17th century in Puerto Rico. I investigated the social reasons for the changes and how different social contexts - urban Puerto Rico, New York, and Los Angeles – have changed the way the dance is understood and performed. Additionally, I examined the extent to which dance performances, such as Bomba, have the potential to affect and change context and social dynamics where they are performed. Specifically, this research explored the performance of the dance in Los Angeles largely by Afro-Latino performers to bridge the divide between African American and Latinos communities in the area.