The Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center aims to promote cultural pride and awareness through performances and cultural programs by celebrating history and traditions in the performing folkloric arts. The organization is the only cultural center in Texas and the surrounding states associated with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture that offers cultural programming and a professional dance company. When the non-profit was founded, it only had a three dance members and produced an annual production. It now has a 20-member folkloric company and offers more than 12 annual production programs.
Even though Christmas may be over for most, there’s still much to be celebrated in the Puerto Rican community. The organization will celebrate Octavitas while honoring Linda Irizarry-Crockett, the current media and marketing events coordinator for the Mexican American Cultural Center, for helping expose Latino talent in our community. The Octavitas celebration includes Boricuan antojitos, artist exhibitions, traditional and contemporary music as well dance performances by the dance company.
The organization’s free celebration is from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday January 22 at the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center located at 701 Tillery St. For those not familiar with Puerto Rican Christmas traditions, Octavitas is an eight-day celebration that precedes the Octavas celebration that is just as long. The 16-day celebration honors Los Tres Reyes Magos and Jesus Christ.