Programs and Presentations


Cultural Performances by ¡Retumba! a multi-ethnic all-female music and dance ensemble. Interweaving traditional rhythms, beautiful ancient melodies, with its very own unique interpretation, ¡Retumba! bases its work on the music and dance of Africa, Europe, and its expressions in the Americas and the Caribbean - Puerto Rico, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Brazil. ¡Retumba! emphasizes the particular strengths and sensitivities of diverse women working together in celebration, demonstrating the similarities and links of our shared cultures. ¡Retumba! brings forth the drama and excitement of world culture and traditions into a feast of folkloric music that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Throughout the year  “Journey through the Caribbean”, “Holiday Extravaganza” and “Fiesta Navideña are three productions presented throughout the year for general audiences as well as for schools, colleges, universities, museums, community and senior centers. One World Arts and !Retumba! have been working with students in all grade levels in various schools with outstanding success.

            Concerts and Festivals– Musical concerts for the community presenting various Caribbean and Latin American styles of music from the folkloric genre to the contemporary genre.
Corporate, Business and Fundraising Functions – Entertainment for corporate and special events such as cultural awareness, employee appreciation, annual celebrations and conferences. One World Arts has presented programs for Bristol Myers, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Chase, Bellcore, Lucent Technologies, Pathmark and Con Edison.            

- Our Educational Programs range from the informal to the highly technical and formal presentations in which audiences of all ages and backgrounds are introduced to history, tradition, and participate actively in the performance of traditional and contemporary African and African-based rhythms, music and dances from Latin America and the Caribbean as well as theatrical, visual arts and storytelling programs.  


Workshops - In dance we offer folkloric dances from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, and Africa as well as ballet, jazz, and modern dance. In addition the modern Latin dances such as salsa, mambo, cha-cha-cha, merengue and bachata.

In music we offer Bomba and Plena rhythms from Puerto Rico, religious and secular music from Cuba and Haiti as well as popular salsa rhythms and the use of various Latin percussion instruments.

We offer various styles of theatre, writing and visual arts workshops utilizing North American, Caribbean and Latin American folk traditions. 


Residencies - All of One World Arts programs are especially designed for traveling. You can choose and combine a long-term residency or a single presentation from the various programs that we offer. We can design a residency appropriate for any audience and/or age group: children, teenagers, adults, senior citizens, intergenerational and professionals and other populations (HIV individuals, Domestic Violence Survivors and others) at any level of proficiency.

Staff Development - Our skilled and experienced artists of One World Arts, Inc can teach educators and other professionals how to integrate cultural and creative expressions into their work with the purpose of enhancing educational, emotional, social and cognitive skills. We can also assist professionals in the design of culturally competent programs and curricula to celebrate the diversity and commonalities of cultures and nationalities.

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