Grupo Bayano

Grupo Bayano

Contact: Sharon Cronin, Artistic Director, Adam Rivera, Music Director, and Ricardo Guity, Master Drummer

A Seattle-based Carribean dance and music group, Grupo Bayano was founded in 1984 by Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Honduran, and Panamanian young women who were very committed to the values of collaboration, cultural expression, community building, and unity. The group has danced and developed choreography for both folkloric and modern dances of the Caribbean. Che Che Cole was one of the first dances choreographed for the group (by Carla Ortiz and Sharon Cronin). Some of the other dances include Zing Ping from Dominica, Reggae and Cuadril from Jamaica, Orisha dances from Cuba, Salsa and Bomba from Puerto Rico, and Calypso from Trinidad. Grupo Bayano has participated in Edmonton Carnival with Trinidadian designer, Fitzgerald DeFreitas and has also learned about the history, music, dance, and philosophy of the Caribbean from Juanita Rivera, Irving Charles, Elisio Pitta, Dr. Antonia Darder, Dr. Kofi Agorsah, Bobi Céspedes, Román “Ito” Carrillo, Elsie Rosa, and Angel “Balancé” Reyes. Grupo Bayano is currently focusing on the history, song, percussion, and dance of Bomba from Puerto Rico. For more information contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Members of Grupo Bayano:


Rae-Ann Barras
Isolina Campbell Cronin
Carlos Cherena
Chavely Cherena
Sharon Cronin
Santiago Crosby-Vega
Catherine Cruz
Roberto Cruz
Deanna Hickey
Genevieve Espinoza
Marisol Gonzáles
Ricardo Guity
Raven Ingenito
Rosa Mansilla
Carletta McKinney
Hortencia Mercado
Nayeli Mercado
Adam Rivera
George Rodríguez
Reynaldo Enrique Rosario Cronin Enríquez Rainford 
Naomi Saavedra
Noemi Teofilo-Rivera