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OPED is a Massachusetts non-profit educationalcharitable corporation since 1972. One of our endeavors is to build bridges among individuals and groups of different cultures using music, dance and food. Over the last few decades we have worked with several approaches: Multi-Cultural Group Dynamics, Human Relations Workshops, workshops in various folkloric dances from the Caribbean area and South American countries

Currently OPED offers lectures about the history, about the music and dances demonstrations of Latin America, particularly dances from the Caribbean and from Argentina. The various courses at multiple locations provided by OPED/Dance World Division explore the dance forms in both Argentinean and Caribbean dances in the co-genres of Milonga, Tango & Valse and Bachata, Merengue & Salsa. These genres combine elements of African and European, particularly Spanish origin in a unique, sophisticated integration that will allow you -to express your powers of motion, communications, bi-personal dynamics and harmony.

During various decades OPED have brought to many New England locations Dance Masters from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, USA, Canada, Germany, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. OPED have produced lectures, musical and dance presentations, classes, courses and community T.V. shows depicting footage representing various styles, periods and genres of music and dance from Latin America. OPED maintains a visiting instructors program for both Argentinean and Caribbean dances. The many dances from Latin America are over 1 to 2 centuries old cultural expressions that have been adopted in various countries; both the music and dance have developed masters in different nations.



Argentinean Dances are an experience, which distills complex syncopated music and an artful dance form. Tango is a process of communication with a dance partner that brings the two dancers together in a fusion of coordination, elegance and harmony within the music, when properly danced. The torsos are close, move together in harmonious complement, the legs intertwine in a series of "ganchos", "boleos", "sacadas", "paradas", "dormidas", "lapiz o dibujos" "adornos o firuletes" and "cruzadas" while the feet move precisely in multitude of step patterns, continuously changing into artful positions that fuse the dancer's feelings and their interpretation of the music as if they were creating with their own bodies a painting into the canvas of space just for the two hundred or so seconds of time of the duration of the song.

When the rendition is meant just for the enjoyment of the two dancers it takes an intimate tone where improvisation is the modus operandi; if the dance takes place in a space where other couples are dancing similarly is usually called "tango salon". Usually the light is low, the music has an eight beat musical base, alternating tonalities from strong to passionate, and then turning into a lamenting adagio; these social dances are usually called "milongas", which are to be distinguished from another form of ancient tango with a six beat base musical phrases called "Milonga”.

When tango is danced for the viewing of a public the series of steps, figures, patterns sequences are usually the best the dancers know, executed in larger motions in precise and studied combinations oriented towards an audience and seeking a performance routine that is usually called stage tango” or "fantasy tango.


The dances from countries located in the Caribbean Sea are a sensual and dynamic experience. They are a mix of African and Spanish elements. The Merengue combines a simple one step timing with the hip motion also know as the Cuban Motion into a brisk side-way-stepping 2 step which sharpens your coordination of body motions and timing to interpret this sensual musical rhythm. This genre seems to be simpler to learn as a building block for other Caribbean forms of dancing.

The Salsa combines the influence of music and body motions elements from Rumba, Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha and Merengue. The curriculum includes three basic foot patterns, nine ways to execute them and circular figures. There is progression from the Beginners to Intermediate level focusing on the linear steps, circular turns and communication patterns that now form the main curriculum of this modern dance. This genre is danced by natives throughout the Caribbean basin and beyond. Each geographical region has a particular valid variation in their style that reviews at the advance level.
The newest musical expression and dance form coming from the Caribbean region is the Bachata. This style of dancing is known by various names in the Latin World. The newer song recast the lyrics of older songs of Latin music and dance renditions are still evolving and this music is being frequently played and danced in the New England area of the USA.

Warm Regards

Jaime & Alexandra
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