My work is rooted in bringing cross-cultural communities together and sparking conversations through the arts by centering undertold stories of underrepresented communities around sexual, racial, and gender stereotypes prevalent in mainstream media. In the current climate of polarizing political discourse and legislation, I find myself continually returning to art as a medium for connection and raising awareness. My art blends dance, poetry, film, and theater and takes on diverse forms: from storytelling videos to immersive productions to installations.

Ana Masacote is an award-winning Afro-Latin dance specialist and arts leader who passionately believes that through dance, we can facilitate social change within communities. She has spread the salsa bug to more than 30 countries across five continents as founder of Dance to Power, an online Afro-Latin dance academy, and former partner of internationally-renowned Masacote Entertainment.

Through her social impact initiatives, Ana advocates for gender and LGBTQ inclusivity and racial equity in the arts. Ana was named a 2020/21 Kennedy Citizens Fellow, the 2019 YWCA Cambridge Woman of the Year, and a 2019 WBUR Artery 25 honoree. She has received the 2020 NEFA New England Dance Fund, the 2020 Next Steps for Boston Dance, The Boston Foundation’s 2019/2020 Live Arts Boston Grant, the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award for lifetime achievement in dance and the 2014 SBA’s MA Minority-Owned Business of the Year Award.

Ana is an alumna of the 2015 Goldman Sachs 10KSB National Program and holds a Bachelor's in Management Science from MIT in Cambridge. She began her formal dance training with folkloric dance at age 5 and Salsa at age 15, and she has been a judge and guest of honor at salsa competitions and festivals worldwide.

Commissions for Multimodal Productions
Performative Work (Salsa Dance Performances & Poetry Readings)
Dance Education/Instruction

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