Music & Movement Retreat

in Oceanwood, Maine


Unfortunately, due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on us, we're unable to host Retreats in 2021. However, we are hopeful that things could improve in the future. We're asking all who might be interested in attending our Retreats to complete this wait-list form so we may keep you informed of future Retreats.

Your Registration to This All-Inclusive Camp Covers:


– Room and board
– Food (3 Meals a Day) while at retreat prepared by our Personal Oceanwood Chef
(All food is prepared in a Clean, Industrial-Style Kitchen)
– Music & Movement classes EVERY DAY directly from the Masacote Team
– Help during classes with Masacote Company Staff
– Group lectures/discussion hours
– Scheduled practice sessions for the group
– UNLIMITED access to the dance studio all day for extra practice on your own
– Nearby beaches, archery & outdoor activities available (weather dependent)
– Access to basketball courts and more around the camp
– Sunday shuttle bus from Boston airport to Oceanwood and back Saturday
– Entrance to Saturday’s finale celebration in Boston
– Saturday room and board in Boston (2 per room; Privates available for added fee)
– All in a BEAUTIFUL location only 1.5 hours outside of Boston!


In addition, attendees receive a Special Masacote Gift Bag for FREE with surprises!
But above all, get an experience like none other you have ever had before…


* Please note flights to Boston are not included.

July Music & Movement Retreat Schedule

Sunday, July 11
2:00pm - Bus leaves Boston Logan Airport for Retreat
3:00-5:00pm - Check in (No one registered before this time)
5:30-6:30pm - Group Dinner
7:00-9:00pm - Welcome with Masacote Retreat Staff

Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 16
– Weekday Schedule
– Classes EVERY DAY with the Masacote Tribe of Coaches
– Wednesday classes end @ 12:30pm to allow for rest, practice, and outings.

Saturday, July 17
8:00am - Breakfast
10:00am - Check out and Boston road trip
3:00pm - Check-in at Boston hotel
10:00pm-2:00am - Finale Outing to Boston Social.

Sunday, July 18
12:00pm - Check out and departure

Guests are responsible for transportation from hotel to airport Sunday.
Schedule is subject to change.

Why This Retreat is For You

This retreat is for dancers who are looking for a detailed course of training and are interested in working on the finer points of musicality and Afro-Cuban movements often overlooked in classes. It is about learning the how, not the what, in dance. And most of all, it is for people looking for a break from life and personal reflection while working and meeting other fabulous dancers from around the world in a safe and welcoming space.

We have dancers of all skill levels and ages who attend. However, all attendees of the retreat should be familiar with the basics of Salsa On 2 (timing, cross body lead, inside turn, outside turn).

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

How to Find Us

Masacote’s Weeklong Summer Retreats are held at:

Oceanwood Retreat Location
17 Royal St.
Ocean Park, ME 04063
Just 1.5 Hours out of Boston
For guests driving in, there is parking on the premises.

Boston to Oceanwood Shuttle Transportation

Please note flights to Boston are not included. For all guests taking flights in, Masacote will arrange bus transportation from Boston Logan Airport (BOS) to Oceanwood and back to the Boston hotel Saturday. Guests are responsible for transportation to airport the final Sunday from Boston hotel. Masacote is not responsible for missed flights, which will require attendee to find his/her own transportation to the retreat location from Boston.

– July 2020 Retreat: Bus will leave airport at exactly 2:00pm on July 12th and retreat location at exactly 10:00am on July 18th.

July Retreat Details


Calendar Button.png




July Retreat Staff

Joel Massicot

Joel Massicot, an international ambassador of Latin dance and music, has more than 30 years of experience as a musician, instructor, dancer, and choreographer. He grew up in a musical family in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and he began his music training with piano lessons at age 8, later mastering the trumpet, saxophone, and drums. He started dance training at 17.

Joel was featured in La Voz del Mambo Magazine as “The Future of Mambo”, and in Sabor Magazine; Joel has been a judge and guest of honor at salsa competitions and festivals worldwide. He believes that through dance, we can affect positive change [Click photo for full bio]...

Nels Davig Dovre

Nels Davig Dovre is a music teacher whose passion is to help humans develop some of the very skills we will delve into this week. The power of focus and releasing distractions are examples we will learn as tools for our meditation practice. As we connect with the way sound and stillness are the components of the world we get to be a part of, it is important to prepare your mind to find ways to tune in to your surroundings on and off of the dance floor.

As Nels has created and performed with his band GoodcaT, he has learned how sound can impact masses towards internal and external human expression. For the last 4 years he has been studying Yoga and Meditation with Atman Yoga Academy, an international yoga school based in Romania. He has recently completed a year long teacher training.

He is looking forward to being able to share insights that you can incorporate into your meditation experience. He hopes to aide our MasaFam’s way of connecting with our true selves, in order to positively impact your Latin dance communities.

Allison Dovre

Allison Mae Dovre iis your Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Movement Coach for this week! She is looking forward to connecting with the internal rhythms of the “heart of the world” through us all to contribute to a week of bliss. Every morning we will use movement to explore and tune in to our Body/Mind/Soul connection.

We will build balance for joint mobility and stability in order to be ready for the afternoon! Allison has completed the Nia White Belt Certification and the year 1 teacher training through Atman Yoga Academy. She is a massage therapy instructor using her movement experience to teach bodywork at Body Wisdom Massage School. She is available for bodywork sessions throughout the week. Allison is versed in many modalities of massage therapy and will custom choose techniques that to fit you.

Among her most favored techniques are Shiatsu, Neuromuscular, and Myofascial. Rather than try to “Fix” you, her approach to bodywork is to hold a safe space that allows your body’s processes to arrive at wellness.

Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke, born to Jamaican immigrant parents, grew up with a love for hip hop/reggae music and various modalities in the arts. He fell in love with Cuban music and dance in his teenage years and began training intensively with MetaMovements Latin Dance Company.

Jonathan progressively developed into an instructor for the school, teaching various Cuban styles and managing performance and weekly classes. He continued his intensive training in Afro-Cuban and Cuban Modern Dance through mentors at the company and Cuban instructors through visits in Cuba and abroad. He began training at the Masacote Dance School and joined the MASA2 Coaching Team in Fall 2016.

Masacote’s connection to Cuban culture has resonated deeply within Jonathan. He has focused on the connections between Cuban folkloric music/dance and popular Latin music/dance. As such, Jonathan found himself dancing anything with a clave: Son, Casino, Danzon, Chachachá, Salsa, Mambo, Rumba (Yambu, Guaguanco, Columbia), Yoruba — you name it! If he knows it he wants to share that knowledge, and if he doesn’t then he is trying to learn it. Jonathan joined the Masacote School staff in the Summer of 2017 before relocating to DC to continue his training.

Angie Egea

Angie began her formal dance training in her native Colombia with ballet at age 5, and flamenco at 14. She performed and competed with the Julie de Donado Flamenco Dance and Theater Companies. Angie continued her training with belly dance, modern/contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, samba, ballroom, capoeira and aerial dancing. She moved to Boston in 2008, where she won various ballroom competitions and received a teacher-training diploma from Extreme Dancesport Academy. Angie began salsa training at the Hacha y Machete Company in 2011 and has been performing professionally and teaching dance since [Click photo for full bio]...

G Rossignol

G began formal dance training in fokloric dance, zouk, and compas at the age of 9. He studied in his hometown of Orange City, N.J. and during visits to Haiti. He went on to learn the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira, Latin dances bachata, salsa and merengue, and urban dances hip-hop and break dance, landing him his street name, “G.”

An avid supporter of youth dance programming, G teaches for the Learn Through Dance youth program and has taught Latin dance at Hyde Square Task Force. Before joining Masacote, G was a Latin dance instructor for 3.5 years with Salsa Matei Company. He has taught capoeira at [Click photo for full bio]...

Aaron Damus

Aaron Damus began his music training at the age of 5 in classical piano. While maintaining this training formally up into his 20’s, he also pursued studies in cello and classical voice beginning in his teenage years. At the University Of Miami School of Music, Aaron pursued a degree in classical vocal performance and sang for 4 seasons with the Florida Grand Opera as a professional chorister.

Alongside his musical education, Aaron has also maintained a serious practice of Chinese martial arts having begun his studies at the age of 6. Born and bred in Miami, Aaron was enveloped in Latin-Caribbean culture from day one. His passion for the music eventually brought him to begin formal training in Salsa and Latin dance in 2004, and he joined Masacote Dance Company in 2006.

He coached with The Masacote Dance School since its inception in 2009 until 2016. Aaron combines a lifetime of music and movement training and over a decade of teaching experience with his knowledge of salsa to teach his students not only salsa technique, but also how the music drives us to dance.

Mori Granot

Mori Granot began dancing Israeli folk, jazz, modern and ballet at a very young age in her native Haifa, Israel. She started salsa in 1999 with Cuban and LA Styles and later developed a passion for NY Style On 2 when she arrived to the US in 2006. She began teaching and performing a few years later and founded Rhode Island Latin Dance while also directing the Brown University Salsa Club.

Always striving to improve as a dancer, Mori’s professional dance development led her to train with Masacote Dance Company in 2011 at the Masacote Salsa Retreats. She has since continued her studies and research in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and is now the Co-Director and Co-Choreographer of Masacote’s MASA2 Professional-Track Company. Mori believes that life is a never-ending cycle of lessons and that each day should be lived to better one’s self.


What People Say

“More than a retreat, it was a dream getaway for a whole week, a mix of dance, culture, all in one amazing program with a wonderful weather, shared with wonderful people from around the world.”

-Miledy Acosta