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Yelimara Concepcion Santos

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Yelimara Concepcion graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.A .in Psychology. She is a multi-talented and accomplished actress, choreographer, vocalist and dancer. She has used her many talents to collaborate and perform with Afro Puerto Rican bomba groups: Los Parranderos de Loiza and Orchestra, Eco de Tambores Loiceños, Alma Moyo, and BombaYo throughout Puerto Rico, Chicago, Philadelphia and the greater New York City area. Currently pursuing her M.S. in Dance Movement Therapy at Pratt Institute, Yelimara has relocated to New York City to seek the finest instruction the world over. Currently performing as a vocalist and dancer with The Welfare Poets, a Hip Hop band with a fusion of Jazz and Afro-Caribbean music from Puerto Rico, and the all-women's traditional musical group, Legacy Woman, rooted in Afro-Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. She has had the opportunity to work as an art/movement expressive specialist for different organizations and populations including Housing Works with HIV Women’s group (Brooklyn), Casa Promesa - a Women’s drug addiction group (Bronx), Esperanza Center; Down Syndrome and Austistic Group (Manhattan), as well as a number of community centers and not-for-profit organizations in Puerto Rico, New York City and Chicago. She is presently working as a Bomba Dance Instructor for Los Pleneros de la 21 Community Workshops,Inc. Yelimara truly emphasizes and believes that the creative process of art and dance can be empowering, healing, and life enhancing.