Ana Masacote

Director: Dance Company and School Staff

Specialties: Salsa, Cha Cha, Cuban Movement, Bachata, Merengue

Ana “Masacote” Tinajero, an international ambassador of Latin dance and music, has more than 20 years of experience as an instructor, dancer, and choreographer. She has loved dancing since childhood, and she began her formal dance training with folkloric dance at age 5 and Salsa at age 15.

Ana was profiled in La Voz del Mambo Magazine as “The Future of Mambo,” in Cuerpo Magazine, and the Dallas Morning Newspaper; she has been a judge and guest of honor at salsa competitions and festivals worldwide. She believes that through dance, we can break down cultural barriers while we learn to better understand ourselves, and each other.

Ana holds a BS in Management Science from MIT in Cambridge. She co-founded Masacote Entertainment with Joel Masacote in 2003 and has since spread the salsa bug to more than 30 countries across 5 continents. Ana was a recipient of the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award for lifetime achievement in dance and is an alumna of the 2015 Goldman Sachs 10KSB National Program.

Notable Stages

– Carnegie Hall
– Lincoln Center’s “La Raza Latina” with Larry Harlow & Ruben Blades
– Lincoln Center’s “Midsummer Night Swing”
– NY Couture Fashion Week
– Hynes Convention Center, Boston’s “First Night”
– National Society of Hispanic MBAs National Conference
– 30+ International Salsa Festival Platforms

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What People Say

“From all of us here at BDA, a very big thank you for making the after party such a success….You all did a tremendous job of keeping it simple and fun. So many, many thanks.”

Ruth Birnberg

“Thank you so much for everything you did for the Mambo Mania family concert. It was a pleasure getting to know and working closely with you. Including dance in this family concert really added so much to this show. And I loved that we were able to weave in some showcase dancing along with an opportunity to get the audience up and dancing. It was the perfect icing on the cake for this very special family concert.”

Heather Briere

“Thank you for everything you’ve done, and for how you will continue to gift me in my life. I’m sure you’ve heard this plenty, but what you and the Masacote team has constructed is a truly unique force of life.”

David Lombino

“I’m always so moved by the way you speak to your students (with kindness), how mindful and articulate you are with what and how you teach, and just blown away with how BRILLIANT the entire Masacote team is.”

Jamie Koo-Kepka

“Dancing and taking classes with you … has such a powerful healing effect …. It is the one thing in my life that has centered me, always.”

Tana Ruegamer

“What a fun night last night! I wanted to thank you for the private lesson you gave me last week- it made me feel like there is hope for me after all!”

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