Lorena Bravo

American Smooth Coach

Lorena Bravo was first introduced to the world of competitive ballroom dancing while in her freshman year at the University of Southern California. On a whim, she decided to take a lesson with the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance team only to find herself completely enamored with every aspect of ballroom dancing.

During her time in the collegiate competitive scene, Lorena competed in the International Latin and American Smooth categories. As with many collegiate dancers, she had a number of partners and became very involved in the inner workings of her team.

Upon graduating, Lorena continued to dance competitively as an independent. However, it was not until October 2004, when she began dancing Pro/Am American Smooth with Jonathan Atkinson that her dancing really took off. Although she was in the middle of her Masters program, it was then that she began to contemplate a serious career in ballroom dancing. In the following years, she won numerous competitions; the culminating event being the 2007 United States National Dancesport Championships, where she won the national title in the Open American Smooth Pro/Am Championship.

Lorena has since become a professional ballroom dancer and teaches out of Los Angeles, California. Although she competes solely in the American Smooth category, she continues to study the remaining three categories in order to be as effective and versatile a coach as possible. Fittingly enough, the first lesson she taught as a professional was for the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance Team, the very team that initially sparked her love of dance.

Now competing professionally with Jonathan Atkinson, they are steadily improving their craft and have made the finals of many major competitions.

Carina Fourmyle

International Latin Coach

Carina began dancing at 12 with Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Gymnastics. Her Professional Ballroom and Latin dance career began in 1993. She has studied, taught and successfully competed in all Ballroom styles, most notably American Rhythm, acquiring seven 1st place titles. Her training background includes numerous nationally and internationally recognized coaches including Ron Montez, Ray Rivers, Melanie La Patin, Tony Meredith, Peter Eggleton, Kerry Wilson, Jean-Marc Genereux, France Mousseau, Jim and Jenell Maranto, Mark & Viola Weiss, Louis Van Amstel, Claudio & Veronica Rubio, Maria Hansen and others. Always seeking improvement, knowledge and experience, Carina continues to train in various dance styles including Ballroom, Salsa, Tango, Jazz, Tap, African, Modern, Hip Hop, etc.

Experience & Credentials:

  • US Terpsichore Association Highly commended Member status / International Latin & International Standard
  • NDCA & US Terpsichore Association / Certified Instructor & Adjudicator
  • Jazz/tap/ballet: 9 years
  • Standard / Latin / Rhythm / Smooth/Mambo: 18 years
  • L.A. Salsa: 10 years
  • New York Salsa (on 2): 5 years
  • Argentine Tango / Salon: 11 years / 5 years performing
Professional Highlights:
  • 2010-2011 Rock With You, The King of Pop LATIN Style! / Assistant Choreographer / Principal Dancer
  • 2009 Michael Jackson Dance Tribute / Creator / Choreographer / Principle Dancer
  • 2003,2008,2009 Caltech Day of the Roses Competition / Adjudicator
  • 2006 Mayan World Salsa Championships / Guest Adjudicator
  • 2004-2005 Starlette O’Hara Fashion Productions / Principle Dancer & Model
  • 2002-2005 Mark Weiss Halloween Production / Principle Dancer
  • 2003 Wendy Johnson Production / Dancer
  • 2000-2001 ASU Ballroom Competition / Adjudicator
  • 1998 “Alize Promotional Tour” / Principle Dancer
  • 1997 “Good Morning Arizona” TV special / Dancer

Fall 2015 Classes
Rhythm: Mondays starting Aug. 31
Cha-cha, Rumba
7pm - 9pm
Location: PED Group Exercise Room (Basement)
Smooth: Wednesdays starting Sept. 2
Foxtrot, Tango
9pm - 11pm
Location: PED South Gym (2nd floor)
Open Practice
Friday: 7pm - 9pm PED Basement