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Resources in Preparedness for Immigration Enforcement

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With the news reporting that ICE enforcement is beginning in various parts of the United States, we want to ensure that our community members are safe and protected. Below are some resources that you or someone you know may find helpful. Please share accordingly.

Special thanks to the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement for providing these resources. If you’d like to reach them directly, you can reach their offices at or 617-635-2980. 

Pizza with a Purpose: Benefit Night

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Save the Date | Thursday, August 23rd | 5:30-8PM

Enjoy delicious hand-made pizzas while raising money for Hyde Square Task Force! You can help us amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth so they can build a just, equitable Boston. If you’re interested in attending Pizza with a Purpose, click here to buy tickets today!


Big News for Boston’s Latin Quarter!

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HSTF youth leaders celebrate the designation of Boston’s Latin Quarter as a Massachusetts Cultural District during a press conference on May 24th.

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, May 22, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board of Directors voted to designate Boston’s Latin Quarter as an official Massachusetts Cultural District!

Two years ago, in an effort led by Hyde Square Task Force youth, the Boston City Council voted 13-0 to recognize the neighborhood as Boston’s Latin Quarter. Hyde Square Task Force then began the effort to obtain official cultural district designation. Latino immigrants have had 60 years of history and impact in our neighborhood and the designation honors that. Located in the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, the Latin Quarter is a bustling business and cultural district that has over 125 businesses – the majority immigrant owned – including many Latino specialty shops and restaurants.

“The Latin Quarter is important to me because I believe in diversity and I strongly believe that all cultures have a place in the city,” reflected Mabel, HSTF youth, yesterday at a press conference announcing the news. Barbara Wallace Grossman, Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Board of Directors, described the Latin Quarter as “diverse, colorful, and loving” and acknowledged the youth who served as the catalyst for this work.

We are also excited to announce that the City of Boston, in partnership with Hyde Square Task Force, was awarded a $100,000 grant through the Our Town Program of the National Endowment for the Arts to support long-term planning for the Latin Quarter Cultural District. Hyde Square Task Force will serve as the Managing Partner for the cultural district, and this investment comes at just the right time. We look forward to engaging community stakeholders in this planning process.

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Dance Salsa with Eury Ortiz!

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Our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth event is approaching! Don’t miss your chance to dance Salsa with HSTF alumnus Eury Ortiz, who will co-teach classes with Burju Perez!

Who is Eury Ortiz?
Eury Ortiz began dancing in 2010 when he joined Hyde Square Task Force’s Ritmo en Acción dance group. During his time at HSTF he learned Afro-Latin choreography that inspired him to take dance more seriously.

In 2014, Eury received the Emerging Leader award as an HSTF alumnus during our Annual Making Change Happen Breakfast. During this time he attended Bunker Hill Community College, was a member of the professional Mambo Revelation Dance Company,which toured the U.S. and Canada, and taught middle school kids dance at UMass Boston.

Today, Eury is an instructor at Cultura Latina Dance academy where he teaches people how to move their bodies!

If you want to learn Salsa from Eury himself, get your tickets to Bailemos today:

Take Bachata lessons with Angeline Egea during ¡Bailemos!

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Our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth fundraiser is around the corner, and we have some amazing instructors! If you want to learn how to dance Bachata from professional dancer Angeline Egea, make sure you get your tickets today!

Who is Angeline Egea?
Angeline Egea began her formal dance training in her native Colombia with ballet at age 5, and flamenco at 14. She performed and competed with the Julie de Donado Flamenco Dance and Theater Companies.

Angeline continued her training with belly dance, modern/contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, samba, ballroom, capoeira and aerial dancing. She moved to Boston in 2008, where she won various ballroom competitions and received a teacher-training diploma from Extreme Dancesport Academy. Angeline began salsa training at the Hacha y Machete Company in 2011 and has been performing professionally and teaching dance since then. She believes dance is a wonderful vehicle through which people can better express and connect with themselves.

Currently Angeline is the Afro-Latin dance specialist and resident artist at Hyde Square Task Force, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping inner-city youth build communities through music and dance. Since 2014, Angeline joined the world renowned Masacote Dance Company where she currently serves as a Latin dance coach, performer and choreographer. The most recent and impactful project she was part of was “Yo Soy LOLA” an annual thought-provoking multimedia experience showcasing Latinas in the arts.

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Learn Cuban Movement with Jonathan Burke!

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Don’t miss the chance to learn Cuban Movement from Masacote’s Jonathan Burke at our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth fundraiser on May 12th!

Who is Jonathan Burke?
Jonathan Burke, born to Jamaican immigrant parents, grew up with a love for hip hop/reggae music and various modalities in the arts. He fell in love with Cuban music and dance in his teenage years and began training intensively with MetaMovements Latin Dance Company.

Jonathan progressively developed into an instructor for the school, teaching various Cuban styles and managing performance and weekly classes. He continued his intensive training in Afro-Cuban and Cuban Modern Dance through mentors at the company and Cuban instructors through visits in Cuba and abroad. He began training at the Masacote Dance School and joined the MASA2 Coaching Team in Fall 2016.

Masacote’s connection to Cuban culture has resonated deeply within Jonathan. He has focused on the connections between Cuban folkloric music/dance and popular Latin music/dance. As such, Jonathan found himself dancing anything with a clave: Son, Casino, Danzon, Chachachá, Salsa, Mambo, Rumba (Yambu, Guaguanco, Columbia), Yoruba — you name it! If he knows it he wants to share that knowledge, and if he doesn’t then he is trying to learn it. Jonathan joined the Masacote School Family in Summer 2017.

Notable Stages and Work
– Various Salsa congresses and dance festivals across the US
– Club Jardines de 1830 (Havana, CU)
– Festival Cubano (Chicago, IL)
– Telemundo “La Gran Feria” (Roxbury, MA)

Specialties: Cuban Son, Afro Cuban, Rumba, Salsa

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Dance with Burju Perez on May 12th!

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On May 12th, come dance with Burju Perez of Burju Shoes! During our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth fundraiser, Burju will lead our Salsa dance class with the help of Hyde Square Task Force alumnus Eury Ortiz. Get your tickets today to dance with Burju and for your chance to win a pair of Burju Shoes!

Who is Burju Perez?

Burju, along with her husband Victor, are professional performers, choreographers, and instructors, specializing in New York (“On2) Mambo. They were the directors of Hacha Y Machete Dance Company, the premier professional Latin dance company of Boston. Since the group’s inception in 2000, HYM has achieved worldwide recognition for their innovative and dynamic choreographies, the highest caliber of dancers, and the best quality instruction. Burju and Victor are responsible for training some of the best dancers from Boston. People have come from overseas to train under them. They have also traveled all over the world teaching, performing, and inspiring other dancers. They have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages all over Europe and Asia, for audiences of over ten thousand people, and for national and international television. Burju and Victor were also principle dancers with the Fogarate Dance Project of NYC, under the direction of Juan Matos.

Burju’s dance background is made up of rhythmic gymnastics, hip-hop, jazz, belly dancing, and of course salsa. Victor grew up in a household where Latin dancing, Salsa in particular, was a daily activity and dancing house was a very big hobby. When Burju and Victor joined forces they fused their various dance backgrounds and immense passion for dancing to form a union of beauty, art, and motion

Today, Burju and Victor have two beautiful children who love to dance. They are focused more on their shoe brand, Burju Shoes, and making it the most love dance and fashion shoe on the market.

If you’re interested in dancing with Burju OR winning a FREE pair of Burju Shoes, you can enter our raffle giveaway during our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth fundraiser! Get your tickets today:

RSVP for our upcoming performances of Raíces!

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The building is alive as our youth rehearse for their upcoming multidisciplinary performance! Raíces, which debuts at the end of this month, explores themes of roots and identity through folktales about the majestic Ceiba Tree from across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Come experience the magic of the Ceiba Tree live at Hyde Square Task Force!

Wednesday, April 25th | 7PM
Thursday, April 26th | 7PM
Saturday, April 28th | 2PM & 6PM

Limited spots available. Please RSVP at:

Get Tickets to our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth Fundraiser!

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Join Hyde Square Task Force on Saturday, May 12th for our first ever “Dance for Youth” fundraiser! Hosted at HSTF’s Youth Community Development Center, we invite you to engage in social dancing, partake in genre dance classes, and learn from our amazing dance instructors. Enhance your dance experience all while raising funds for our organization! All ages are welcome.

Doors open.

Dance lessons. Choose which room to join based on dance genres!

Social dance. Find a partner and hit the dance floor.

Youth performance and raffle.

Social dance round 2.

Please note that there is a $25 entrance fee for this event! Help us raise money for the youth of Hyde Square Task Force! Buy tickets here:



Tell us what you think! ¡Su opinión nos interesa!

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Dear Hyde Square Task Force community members and supporters,

As someone who knows Hyde Square Task Force, we would like to ask your help in completing this short survey to provide feedback and advice to our board and staff leadership about our future. We are interested in hearing from a wide variety of people as we take a step back, assess the organization’s strengths and weaknesses, and consider how Hyde Square Task Force can best serve the community over the next 3-5 years.

Please take the +/- 15 minutes it requires to make sure that your voice and perspective are taken into account in our planning!


Thank you for your support and honest feedback.

Celina Miranda, Ph.D.
Executive Director


¡Su opinión nos interesa!

Estimados amigos y miembros de la comunidad del Comité de Hyde Square (HSTF):

Sabiendo que usted conoce a HSTF, nos gustaría pedirle su ayuda para completar esta breve encuesta que nos ayudará a tomar decisiones sobre nuestro futuro. Estamos interesados en saber la opinion de una variedad de personas para evaluar las fortalezas y debilidades de la organización y considerar cómo HSTF puede servir mejor a la comunidad durante los próximos 3 a 5 años.

Por favor dedique +/- 15 minutos para asegurar de que su voz y perspectiva se tomen en cuenta en nuestra planificación.


Muchas gracias por su apoyo y su honestidad.

Celina Miranda, Ph.D.
Directora Ejecutiva