About Us

Who we are

Masacote Entertainment grew from a chance encounter at a salsa social in New York between dancer/choreographer Ana Tinajero, and musician/dancer Joel Massicot. Their immediate rapport, and their great love for music and dance, led them to create a company that gives equal respect and attention to musicians and dancers, respecting the symbiotic harmony of notes and moves.

Since its founding in 2003, Masacote Entertainment has become one of the most influential and in-demand Latin performance groups in the world. Though based in Boston, the company has taught, performed and spread the salsa bug in more than 30 countries, including Australia, China, Curaçao, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Tunisia.

Every member of Masacote Entertainment knows how music and dance can transform lives, and they share their passion eagerly. The company aims to elevate the appreciation of salsa as a sophisticated art form while helping to shape the ongoing evolution of Latin music and dance.

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Ana Masacote

Co-director of Masacote Dance Company

Ana began her formal dance training in folklórico at the age of 5 and Salsa at the age of 15. She has since traveled to 30+ countries performing and teaching around the world. Her unique style, distinctive movement, uncanny musicality, adaptability to follow any lead, and attention to detail have earned her tremendous popularity around the world.

Joel “Masacote” Massicot

Co-director of Masacote Dance Company

Joel is skilled in both music & dance. His focus lies in the relation of notes to movement.

Currently a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Joel began training in music in 1986 and has previously also studied the prestigious Howard University in the Jazz Studies department. In 1995, he began his formal training in salsa dance and began to merge his skills in music and dance.

Definition of Masacote

Masacote Entertainment is an internationally renowned Latin Music & Dance company. Its specialty is Salsa, with a strong emphasis on merging various disciplines of dance & music.

Directed by Ana & Joel Masacote, Masacote Entertainment is comprised of 3 entities: Masacote Latin Dance Company; The Masacote Dance School, and the Ritmo Masacote Orchestra. Masacote Dance Company often performs to music created by them and for them by the Ritmo Masacote band.


Masacote has received the 2009 Boston Dance Alliance R&R Fellowship, the 2014 SBA Minority-Owned Business of the Year award, the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award, and is an alumna of the 2015 Goldman Sachs 10KSB National Program.

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