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DANCE | "Madre Mia"


Borinquen Dance Theatre, a youth company led by Artistic Director Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez, brings its contemporary-modern and folkloric (Caribbean, Jamaican, and Puerto Rican) dance to Hochstein School of Music and Dance this Saturday, May 2, to present "Madre Mia," a tribute to mothers. The company has nurtured hundreds of city youths through a structured dance program since Padilla-Rodriguez founded it 34 years ago when it was housed in the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

"We use art as a vehicle to expose kids to discipline and to teach them how to transfer that discipline to academics," Padilla-Rodriguez said. She currently teaches Caribbean dance at Hochstein where Borinquen has rehearsed for more than 30 years.

Both senior and junior groups will perform at the concert this weekend, and some of the choreography is the work of graduating seniors. The program will also include poetry and song and a photographer will be on hand to take pictures of mothers and daughters together. The program is an homage to Padilla-Rodriguez's loss of her own mother last year.

Tickets are $25 at the door for adults ($20 when purchased online at, $10 for students and seniors. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the performance begins at 7 p.m. at Hochstein School of Music, 50 North Plymouth Avenue.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The photo that originally ran with this "choice" write-up was incorrect. It has been removed and a correction will appear in our May 6 issue.