First Fridays! Artful Health
Friday, December 5, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Need to add a little pep in your step? Enjoy a night of dance at the Bronx Museum! Join us to see performances by contemporary dancer Christal Brown and Milteri Tucker & Bombazo Dance Co., a group that fuses the traditional Afro–Puerto Rican dance bomba with ballet and modern dance. The evening will end with a dance class, taught by Milteri Tucker, founder and artistic director of Bombazo Dance Co.


Free admission and bar (donations suggested)

Location: Lower Gallery


Public Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts are made possible by Mertz Gilmore Foundation;  The New York Community Trust; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and The David Rockefeller Fund. Beer has been provided by Bronx Brewery. 


Various health organizations will be at the Museum during the event to answer your health-related questions - from signing up for health insurance to tips on maintaining healthy eating habits!


-Bronx District Public Health Office

1826 Arthur Avenue
Bronx, NY 10457


-Corbin Hill Food Project


-MetroPlus Health Plan

Christal Brown

Christal Brown (choreographer, educator, performer, writer and activist) is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, and received her BFA in dance and minor in business from the University of NC at Greensboro. Upon graduation, Brown went on to tour nationally with Chuck Davis' African-American Dance Ensemble and internationally with Andrea E. Woods/Souloworks. Immediately following those experiences, Brown performed with and managed Gesel Mason Performance Projects while apprenticing with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland. Upon relocating to New York Brown, apprenticed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company before finding a home with Urban Bush Women, where she spent three seasons as a principal performer, community specialist and apprentice program coordinator.

Aside from performing, Brown is the Founding Artistic Director of INSPIRIT, a performance ensemble and educational conglomerate dedicated to bringing female choreographers together to collaborate and show new work, expanding the views of women of all ages, and being a constant source of inspiration to its audience as well as members. Founded in 2000, INSPIRIT has been honored to show work at Aaron Davis Hall, St. Mark's Church, Joyce Soho, The Lincoln Theater of Washington, D.C., and various other venues across the country.

Photo credit: Bombazo Dance Co.

Bombazo Dance Co. is a non-profit dance company, whose mission is to showcase choreographies that have been influenced and inspired by Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro Caribbean and traditional folkloric elements drawn from our history as Americans and as Latinos. Bombazo combines these main ingredients and fuses them with classical, contemporary, and social styles of dance, thus creating a new movement vocabulary while still preserving the authenticity of our culture. The word "Bombazo" signifies a Bomba jam. It is where the community gathers to celebrate life through its rhythms, song and dance.


Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Milteri Tucker holds degrees in Dance, Biology and Chemistry. Tucker is the founder and artistic director of BOMBAZO Dance Co. She has worked for distinguished dance companies and choreographers from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and United States. She has performed and showcased her work at City Center, Alvin Ailey, Hostos Main Stage, BAAD, Pregones Theater, Thalia Spanish Theater, Castillo Theater, El Museo del Barrio, Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, PRTT and STEPS. Theater Credits include:The Perils Of Chencha" written and directed by Anita Velez Mitchell, YES I YES, written by Acclaimed Spanish writer Yolanda Garcia Serrano directed by Noelle Mauri, Amor Latino written and directed by Angel Gil Orrios, La Negra Mas Bella", "Llamada/ Rally Cry" both written and directed by Nancy Nevarez, Lulu en la Habana written by Ntozake Shange and directed by Carla Pinza. She portrayed Josephine Baker for Macy's Herald Squares tribute to the "First Diva: Josephine Baker" in 2007 and she performed for Broadway's Easter Bonnet at the Minskoff Theater in 2011. For more about Milteri, please visit her website at


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