Dancer, Manager and Producer Angel is from Brooklyn, NY and director for Salsa Guy’s Bomba y Plena. He’s lived in Richmond since 2007. “I’ve been dancing since 1977 because I wanted to meet people.” Besides dancing, Angel enjoys computer repair and small business consulting.
Dancer Judy is from the Bronx, and has lived in Richmond since 2007. She enjoys reading, dancing, and gardening. “When I first joined the group I thought it was a great way to exercise in a group environment and have fun. I quickly realized it was more of a cultural experience. In the process, I’ve met a wonderful set of people with whom I truly enjoy spending time. WEPA!”
Dancer and Costumes Person Originally from Brooklyn, Carmen enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and dancing. She’s lived in Richmond since 1994. “I joined the group because Bomba y Plena is in my Puerto Rican roots. As a child, I was able to learn about the history of our folklore. I love the music and I love to dance. Through this group I can represent Puerto Rico, and bring the dance alive to everyone to see and enjoy.”
Originally from Veracruz Mexico Lizz is a Mexican folk dancer who enjoys crafts, drawing painting, cooking and is always happy to learn the food and culture of other countries. Lizz joined Tradición because “it feels like a family”.
From Carolina, Puerto Rico A'vie has been in Richmond for more than 24 years. She loves spending time with my Grandbabies, enjoying the sunset, dancing, listening to music. "I remember that Angel was one the first person I met in Richmond that can dance salsa like Puerto Rican. I love the fact that Angel is teaching about our culture the right way using Puerto Rico history. And the most important thing is that BYP become my familia.
Dancer and Artist Director Marilin, aka Piña, is from Puerto Rico. She's been in the Richmond area since 1985, and loves to dance, travel, meditate, go to the beach in PR, fashion, and spend time with friends and family. "It has been my passion to dance since I was 15 when I joined El Ballet Isleño of Puerto Rico. Angel and I had the common vision to form a Bomba and Plena group. We wanted to continue to dance and most important, we wanted to share our Puerto Rican culture with the world."