Lia is a New York based Afro-Latin Dancer and Coach. Born and raised in the city, she has been involved in the Performing Arts for most of her life. At the age of twelve, Lia began studying classical vocal music and continued performing in various choral and theatrical productions throughout high school and college. It was during this time that a deeper passion for these disciplines, as well as for the art of performance, developed.
During her undergraduate studies, Lia developed a new love for Latin music, culture, and her own Spanish heritage. However, it was not until years later that she began studying the dances that originated from it. Immediately after completing an intensive Spanish language program at Hunter College, Lia registered for her first Salsa “Crash Course” at Dance Manhattan, and was instantly hooked. Her life began to revolve around this dance and the music it was connected to. By the end of 2006, she attended her first class with Frankie Martinez, and has been a devoted student ever since.
For the next few years, Lia feverishly continued her dance studies, and in the summer of 2009, was asked to join the Abakuá Afro Latin Dance Company. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to learn from, and perform alongside, one of the most innovative and progressive companies in Afro-Latin dance.
With no formal dance background, classical or otherwise, Lia has developed her skills as an Afro-Latin dancer entirely through her experience and training with Frankie Martinez, in his systematized method entitled Afro Latin Funk. Her journey as a student, Professional Dancer, and Coach, has been a true testament to this Practice and the possibilities that lie within it. And now, as Lia begins this new chapter of her Practice, her goal is to help others discover these possibilities within themselves.