Omar Ocampo

Omar is an exceptional and gifted dancer, a passionate milonguero and folklorista. Born in Entre Ríos he started his professional career in Buenos Aires when, at age 16, hearing of the dance master Santiago Ayala, “El Chúcaro”, he discovered his mentor and spiritual father.

“El Chúcaro” and Norma Viola invited Omar to join their folkloric company Ballet Argentino. Omar quickly progressed to be the lead dancer and dance master of the company, travelling round the world with them for eleven years. During this time he created lead roles in some of the most important masterpieces in the genre: El Martín Fierro, La Vida de San MartÍn, Homenaje a Ezequiel Navarra, Juegos Pampeanos and the famous Del Gaucho Al Compadrito, specially choreographed for him by “El Chúcaro” and noted for containing a beautiful and tasteful disrobing during his transformation from gaucho to compadrito.

While pursuing his folkloric career, Omar was for several years a member of the Juan Carlos Copes tango company where he met his wife Mónica Romero and, as Los Ocampo*, they went on to tour the world performing, teaching and choreographing.

As a choreographer Omar is an exponent of all the Argentinean dance forms. His show Tango Bravo, developed with his wife Mónica, blends Tango with Folkloric dance; and, he also choreographed for Tango Pasión and Mariano Mores’ show.

Today considered the best dancer of Argentine folklore, Omar is the repetiteur and curator of the choreographies of Santiago Ayala “El Chúcaro” and Norma Viola and their natural successor. As an honorary teacher, each time he returns to Argentina, he gives classes of Folklore to the Ballet Folklórico Nacional. He is a senior judge at many folkloric and tango competitions.

Mónica Romero and Omar Ocampo, “LOS OCAMPO” are a partnership of over 40 years made up of performing, teaching and sharing Argentine Tango and Folklore around the world. They have a rich dance background and began dancing at an early age, meeting when they were dancers in the Carlos Copes tango company in Buenos Aires and later becoming a stage couple and marrying in 1984.

Their charismatic stage presence and personalities combined with their elegant style, creativity and extensive knowledge make them hugely popular with audiences and students alike. They have performed on some of the most prestigious world stages, both with their own dance company, Tango Bravo and as part of international shows, such as: Mariano Mores; The Carlos Copes Tango Show; and Tango Pasión with the renowned Sexteto Mayor, and where they were original cast members and toured with the show for over 17 years. Los Ocampo are the directors and organizers of the annual National Argentinean Festival of Folkloric Dance, Encuentro con Los Maestros.

Los Ocampo are masters not only of Argentine Tango, but also of Argentina’s folkloric dances, such as Chacarera, Zamba and Malambo.

They are sought after as coaches and have trained, and choreographed for, celebrities and professionals of Latin & Ballroom as well as Tango and Folkloric. Their motto is “dancing around the world”, this they do with great verve and generosity, their good humor and approachable nature is what is remembered by their students and colleagues.