Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and After School Matters partner to offer paid apprenticeships to teens (ages 14-18) to learn Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba, Afro-Caribbean Jazz, and Music Video Production. We also offer Brazilian Samba Classes in partnership with Evanston Escola de Samba every Wednesday.


Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba

(Percussion, Singing and Dance)
Classes start again this October 3rd, 2017
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL 60639

Bomba is unique in that the lead drummer follows the dancer, forming a unique relationship between the two. The lead drummer makes the movements of the dancer audible through the sound of the drum. In this program apprentices will be introduced to the history of bomba, singing, dancing, as well as basic Bomba rhythms. These rhythms include Yuba and Sica patterns, songs, and dances. Apprentices will learn footwork and defining “piquetes” (improvisational moves). Fill out an application here to set up an interview. Enter “Traditional Puerto Rican Bomba” under program name to find the program easily.








Music Video Production

Classes start again this October 3rd, 2017
Prosser Career Academy
2148 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

This Music Video Production program explores video production with emphasis on music and culture. The activities will focus on mixing music beats and creating a music video. Apprentices get the opportunity to produce, direct, shoot, and edit music videos. Apprentices also attain a foundational understanding of music video production from idea development through production and editing. Fill out an application here.

Write “Music Video Production” under Program Name.



Afro-Caribbean Jazz

Classes start in October 2, 2017
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble program provides the opportunity to expand on the fundamentals of the Jazz and Afro-Latin traditions of the Caribbean. The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble is an introduction, for teens with some musical experience, to the next level of concepts that are essential for aspiring musicians looking into World Music performance. Fill out application here.



Dates: Every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted)
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4048 W Armitage, Chicago
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: The Evanston Escola de Samba begins its residency at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center! Students will learn Rio-style percussion techniques and patterns in preparation for our major 4th of July Parade. Every week is a drop in – so join us as often as you can. Instruments will be provided! All levels welcome!
For questions and information, contact Reed Flygt (
$12 per class. OR buy 10 classes for $100 and get a class card that will be marked for each class you take. Pay by cash, check or by credit card on our Paypal Donation Page. If you buy a class card, you will receive it on the first day of class.
El Ritmo School of Latin Percussion
Every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60639
Free drop-in Afro-Caribbean percussion classes for beginners and intermediate students of all ages.
Call instructor Michael Rodríguez for details at 773-968-3197.