Biography

Lori Ana Perez is dancer, performer and educator of Puerto-Rican descent, born and raised in New York City. She is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, bomba, West-african dance, and specifically mambo and chacha. She began dancing mambo professionally at the age of 15 with a youth dance company called “Young Ambition,” and performed and taught all over the country. An accomplished performer by 18, Lori then joined Abakua Afro-Latin Dance Company where she has become a principal dancer. As Frankie's partner Lori performed and taught in countries across Europe as well as Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She has also choreographed and performed her own pieces at BristSalsaFest in Britain and the Simposium Internacional in Spain. She has become an accomplished teacher having had classes at Djoniba Drum and Dance Centre, Empire Dance Studios, You Should Be Dancing, Cumbe Center for African Dance and in high schools and elementary schools. Lori has also earned her BA in Psychology and Dance at Hunter College.