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Bar Harbor, 2024 

JULY 21 - 27, 2024  

Jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban

This innovative program, co-led by internationally renowned tap dancer/educator and SMJ Artistic/Music Director, Nilson Matta,  focuses on teaching of tap dance repertoire in the context of Jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. Key features of this 5-day program for adults integrates:    

  • Technique

  • Repertoire 

  • Rhythmic Styles & Phrasing 

  • Dynamics

  • Improvisation

  • Live accompaniment by SMJ instrumental faculty 

  • Percussion for Tap Dancers

  • Performance

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Members of SMJ's faculty will be accompanying tap dancers during select instructinoal sessions and the culminating performance.  In addition, our program includes multiple opportunties to develop musicianship by interacting and learning from instrumental faculty members in the context of rhythmic studies, improvisation, and more!







Overview of the Week

Our week begins with Sunday afternoon registration and dinner, followed by our Meet & Greet / Faculty Presentation and jam. The Monday-Friday instructional schedule builds in a mid-day break for relaxing, practicing, private lessons, biking, a jaunt into Acadia National Park or town, etc.  Evenings are filled with faculty-led jams, with faculty joining in!  Highlights of the week include our SMJ Cabaret/Jam (cash bar), faculty performance at Bar Harbor’s famed Criterion Theatre, and of course, our culminating student concert.   Program activities culminate on Friday night. On-campus checkout is Saturday morning.

Oveview of the Week
Lodging & Meals

Lodging & Meals


On campus lodging is available in modern townhouse dorms.  Each townhouse accommodates up 8 people, and has a full-kitchen, living area and dining area on the 1st floor.  Four single rooms are located on the 2nd Floor, and two double rooms on the 3rd floor.  


Each floor has a bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, shared by a maximum of

3 other people if full occupancy on the floor. It is possible to request a double

room to be used as a single, or to request a full floor. Two 1st floor rooms with ensuite bathrooms will be available.  Linens and towels are included in lodging fees. 


On-campus lodging fees include meals beginning (Sunday dinner

through Friday dinner).  Standard, pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options are available.  Lunch-to-go is available with advance notice.  Accommodations for dietary restrictions/allergies are available, also with advance notice.



B&Bs, motels, hotels and Airbnb’s are close by to COA for those who prefer to stay off

campus. If you commute, you have the option of signing up for lunches (and/or other meals) prior to camp.   Standard, pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options are available.  Lunch-to-go is available with advance notice.  Accommodations for dietary restrictions/allergies are available, also with advance notice

Pricing & Policies 2024

Tuition:  $1175


On-Campus Residence Packages:    includes tuition, 6 nights lodging, meals (Sunday dinner - Friday dinner) 

  • Double room with another participant:   $1545 per participant

  • Double room with a non-participant guest:  $2055 ($1545 + $510) 

  • Single room ......  $1695

  • Double Room used as single, based on availability:  $1845

  • There are a very few 1st Fl. rooms with private entrance and ensuite bath  ($ TBA) 


Early bird Discount:  $50 discount though March 31.

Referrals:  $50 for the person who refers, and $50 for the new student.

Earlybird and Referral discount can be combined for a $100 discount.


Deposit of $600 is required to reserve your spot. 

*Feel free to inquire about installment plan 

Forms of Payment  

  • Zelle 

  • Venmo (no fee if drawn from your bank account or debit card) 

  • Credit Card (accepted with Venmo, 3% fee payable by purchaser to Venmo) 

  • Check 


Scholarships/Financial Aid

A limited number of partial scholarships / financial aid are available based on merit and financial need.  


Cancellation Policy

Our program is a small program. In light of this, in the event you are unable to attend you have the option finding someone to take your spot, or a credit of 75% which you can apply to next year's summer program).  


Covid-Related Policies

Proof of vaccination and booster updates must be submitted prior to attendance.  Completion of registration and payment will confirm that registrant agrees to follow Covid-related policies of both College of the Atlantic and Samba Meets Jazz Workshops.

Pricing & Policies


College of the Atlantic

Image 1: ​Turrets Building / Image 2: COA Pier

With a setting as inspirating as our faculty, College of the Atlantic (COA) on Frenchman’s Bay in Bar Harbor provides the perfect retreat for you to shed the demands of everyday life – and the perfect opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your music with like-minded adults. Rated by Trip Advisor and the New York Times as one of the top U.S. vacation spots, there’s something for everyone! Our mid-day break provides an opportunity to experience it – from a visit to the top of Cadillac Mountain, biking, walking and swimming in Acadia National Park, or a whale-watching boat ride on the bay. Plus .. you can kayak off the COA pier!

About The Area

About Bar Harbor Area

Image 1: Town of Bar Harbor Image 1: ​Frenchman's Bay / Image 2: Biking at Acadia National Park

There’s something magical about Bar Harbor. A celebrated vacation destination on Mount Desert Island that is the gateway to Acadia National Park, it possesses a rich history and culture unlike any other. For non-participating guests, there are endless activity options-- from hiking, biking, swimming in Acadia National Park to a visit to its Rockefeller Gardens, to lunch at the famed Jordan Pond.  Short-day trip options include antiquing to whale-watching to jaunts to the Blue Hill Peninsula, Schoodic Point & more.  In other words, your guest will have plenty to keep her/himself busy while you’re in workshop sessions. For info:



Getting To & From


 College of the Atlantic

105 Eden Street 

Bar Harbor, ME 0460.


By Air


Fly to Bangor (BGR): 


American, Delta, United, and Allegiant (to/from FL) offer flights to Bangor International Airport.  


Fly to Bar Harbor (BHB)


U.S. Air offers direct flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) to the Bar-Harbor Hancock County Airport (BHB) in Trenton which is about 15 minutes from the College of the Atlantic. 


Getting from the BGR and BHB to COA

If you’re flying and not renting a car (you really don’t need one), the Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle runs between Bangor International and Bar Harbor and will bring you directly to College of the Atlantic.  In addition to its regular schedule which is posted on its website, a shuttle bus can be arranged for a group of people with advance notice. 


The Island Explorer – a free shuttle bus service that goes all around Mt. Desert Island – goes between BHB and Bar Harbor. 


Fly & AMTRAK to Portland

Flying to Portland, Maine (PWM) is a great way to save money on flights and to reduce the number of stops. Portland is approximately 3 hours from College of the Atlantic.  To get to COA from Portland, optiona include car rental or bus (Concord Trailways) to Bangor, and Bar Harbor Shuttle from Bangor to COA.  




Concord Trailways is an unusually hospitable, modern (and clean!) bus service that goes to Bangor, ME.  Believe it not, they help you with your luggage, provide earphones for video, water, and pretzels!  And the rates are reasonable!  Upon arrival in Bangor, you can connect with the Bar Harbor-Bangor Airport Shuttle to Bar Harbor. 



Once You’re Here


College of the Atlantic is located on Mt. Desert Island, steps from Acadia National Park.   Keep in mind that you really don’t need a car in Bar Harbor.  A free, frequent shuttle bus — the Island Explorer –  goes to all towns on Mt. Desert Island and into Acadia National Park from early morning through to about 10:00 pm. There is an Island Explorer stop on campus.

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