About our collective
Individual Artists with Common Goals
We are an entrepreneurial Artist Collective dedicated to using the arts as a tool for positive transformation. We may have come from different places, we may have lived different lives, and we may dance different styles… but there is something that has brought us together and keeps us united, and that is our philosophy, our mentality and our mindset.
Over 40 artists from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and North America are now a part of MetaMovements, and we have grown tremendously--both personally and professionally--through our connection over the years. We have all learned new styles of dance, improved how we teach our own personal styles, and together created new fusions and innovations! We have also inspired each other to increase our physical abilities through fitness and technique training, and to increase our knowledge through study of the music, the history, and even the science behind our favorite styles. We have counseled each other and we have cheered for each other, and learned how to care for each other. We have gained appreciation for each of our countries and cultures, in the similarities and the differences.
It has been an amazing experience, and one we have loved sharing with all of you when you have entered our programs in Havana, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Las Terrenas, Boston, New York, or other places in North America.
Well known in Boston for our program, "Salsa in the Park" -- our time in this region is dedicated to spreading the joy of Latin dance through classes, events, and educational programs at corporations, schools, and camps.
Our collective in Havana has welcomed hundreds of travelers to enjoy Cuban culture through our cultural exchange program. We have partnered with colleges, dances schools, nonprofits, and many other groups to create live changing experiences.
Our team has dedicated members in both Santo Domingo and Las Terrenas, many have traveled to the US for cultural tours... and also have welcomed many travelers to enjoy our newest exchange program and dance training opportunity.
Spanish meta means goal...In Ancient Greek the prefix meta- denotes change or transformation. The mission is to help individuals and communities experience a metamorphosis through movement, by promoting salsa (and other dance styles) for to improve community health and affect social change, while inspiring others to join them.
Our Business Model
We are all self employed artist-entrepreneurs who choose to work in collaboration with one another to create programs and experiences that we could not do on our own.
While we all have an art form that we are passionate about -- we also have business, administration, and marketing skills that we share to support one another and our programs! Some of us are grant writers, accountants, or customer service specialists... some of us are videographers or graphic designers, and some of us are interns or students developing our professional skills.
By all contributing in this way, we make programs that would be impossible on our own, possible together!
From An Artist development Program to a collective
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Over more than 3 decades, our director has forged personal and professional relationships with artists, educators, arts administrators, and cultural leaders. She has led over 50 cultural exchanges (both US travelers to Cuba and Cuban artists to the US), and has collaborated a multitude of international events with a focus on Cuban culture. This network of collaborators and the years of experience are precisely what makes the program unique, and each time we have brought travelers to this island, the results have been described as “life changing,” and the relationships that have been forged have been deeply impactful for all parties.
Our relationship to the DR:
In 2016, MetaMovements brought Alfred Pena’s Rhythmology Dance School from Long Island to Cuba for our New Year’s Eve cultural exchange program. Alfred and his school were so inspired that we decided to collaborate on a new project in the Dominican Republic. Given the country's rich cultural history that's led to some of today's most popular latin social dances (and the fact that Alfred was from the DR himself) it was a natural next phase in the expansion of our mission.