Copal Dance and Travel Experience:

Copal has created a space to share a common passion in a community venue. It combines a vacation – study setting. We wish to build connections between dance and culture. We aim to inspire and transform dancers in a positive, non-competitive environment.

Our focus is to present dancers with an opportunity to travel and connect with like-minded individuals. Our beach front accommodation can comfortably host up to 24 dancers that ensures safety and privacy.

Immerse yourself in the art of dance during your stay. Refresh your mind and body while being inspired by the turquoise waters surrounding the villa. Enjoy one of a kind tours to beautiful fresh water cenotes and other customized outings in places like trendy Tulum. Relax by the pool, paddle in the glassy waters, or kick back in the crushed powder sands. Copal Retreat Center is located in our safe gated and guarded community of Paamul near the popular areas of Tulum, Cancun, and Playa Del Carmen.

Our retreat is all inclusive. Meals are prepared by our incredible on-site chefs with a speciality menu prepared by a reputable chef via Mexico City. The meals can be prepared for any dietary restrictions.

Copal has hosted over 40 retreats and is rated number #1 retreat center in the Mayan Riviera. We are excited to open our doors this year to the dance community!

Dancer rates for this retreat are $2400; parental accommodations can be arranged. All attendees must register online at Please note that accommodations are double shared rooms with private bathrooms. You may request a roommate upon registration.

Kim Gingras is a professional dancer, performer, educator, judge on the French adaptation of TV show “America’s Best Dance Crew” and co-founder of the female empowerment program, YOU GOT THIS, GIRL!.

Having worked with the biggest musical icons such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande and gracing the world’s most prestigious stages on programs like The Voice, Ellen DeGeneres, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, X-Factor and Good Morning America to name a few, Kim has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in her decade long career.

Not only does she exude the talent and the STAR QUALITY you look for in a performer but she is also known as one of the upmost professional, hardworking, dedicated, passionate and positive female dancers in the business.

Kim has gained the LOVE and RESPECT from not only her peers, but from tens of thousands of fans from around the world. She is an INSPIRATION and MENTOR to so many, especially young women. Kim constantly promotes SELF-LOVE and POSITIVITY. She loves to encourage everyone to dream big, work hard and love fearlessly. She knows that it took more than just her talent to get to where she is today and she has decided to make it her MISSION to share those valuable lessons and tools with the world.

Kim Gingras is truly passionate about bringing full awareness to the power of living a LOVEFUL, GRATEFUL and JOYFUL life all while going after our wildest dreams.

Taylor James has become an internationally recognized performer since moving to Los Angeles in 2011. His skills and versatility have quickly established him as one the top dancers and choreographers in the industry. While living in Canada he competed on season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada as well as behind the scenes on the 3rd and 4th season as an Assistant-Choreographer to many of the choreographers. Since moving to Los Angeles, Taylor has had the opportunity to work with many of the top artists and choreographers in the industry including Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Usher, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

Taylor has been a principal dancer on shows such as X Factor, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Americas Got Talent as well as Season 2 of the smash hit, Lip Sync Battle! He has toured the world with artists like Jennifer Lopez (appearing in multiple music videos), Ricky Martin, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Erika Jayne. His most recent credits include national commercials for McDonalds, H&R Block, Victoria’s Secret, Sketchers, Pepsi, and the Voice, as well as starring in the Stuart Weitzman campaign alongside Gisele Bundchen! Taylor was also an integral part of the promotion for Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE album including the “Love Never Felt So Good” MV and history making hologram performance at the 2014 Billboard Awards, Disney’s ‘Descendants’ 1 and 3 directed by Kenny Ortega, and performing and assisting on the 2014 Oscars promo starring Ellen Degeneres.

His skills aren’t limited to dance! He is a professional filmmaker and photographer. He has worked on videos for artists like Hayley Gene Penner, Ariana Grande, Cody Simpson, Alli Simpson, Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Beers and the finalists of NBC’s The Voice.

Rachael Markarian:

Originally from Boston, Rachael resides in Los Angeles as a Dancer, Master Teacher/ Choreographer & Actress, with over 15yrs of experience in the Entertainment Industry. She’s traveled all over the world teaching, judging and choreographing for today’s emerging talent. Rachael has toured and danced for artists like RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BEYONCE, PINK, KANYE WEST, CHER, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and more. She’s done over 30 Films & TV shows including GLEE, TRUE BLOOD, SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMANCES, RUSH HOUR 3, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, LEGION, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, PARKS and RECREATION, DANCING with the STARS, SYTYCD, AMERICAN IDOL and much more. Her commercial credits include MICROSOFT, MAC COSMETICS, H&M, HONDA, FARMER’S INSURANCE, BLACKBERRY and more. Other clients include NIKE, ADIDAS, REEBOK, ASICS, BIG & SEXY HAIR, SEBASTIAN COSMETICS, CABI CLOTHING and WELLA HAIR to name a few.
Rachael is also the proud owner of THE DANCER’S EDGE, an elite In-Studio Intensive bringing top Master Teachers from LA & NYC into studios across the country. Their Intensives are focused on training and education, incorporating Industry Workshops to help dancers prepare & transition into the professional world. Rachael is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love for dance, having worked in all areas of entertainment she has a clear understanding of what it takes to have longevity and success in the industry.

For more on her work please visit

Included is as follows:

  • Airport Transportation
  • 5 dance workshops per day – 1 hour each
  • All meals
  • Week end performance
  • Cenote and Tulum tours
  • Complimentary fresh fruit, pressed juices, tea, and coffee unlimited
  • Bikes, paddle boards, kayaks and snorkel equipment to be used at leisure

Not included:

  • Air-fair
  • Airport transfers when arrivals are before or after retreat dates
  • One lunch (the day of excursion)
  • One dinner (farewell dinner in Playa Del Carmen)
  • Personal transportation not listed above
  • Additional nights before or after retreat date
    • Inquire about additional night stays
  • Gratuities