Best Known For: Mambo, Salsa
Frankie Martinez is an influential mambo performer, choreographer and instructor in the latin dance scene. He is widely considered one of the most influential and revolutionary salsa/mambo performers of his generation. He began dancing mambo in 1996. He initially took mambo lessons at a ballroom dance studio called Dance Club International, but later began to take classes with famed “Mambo King”, Eddie Torres. He was invited to join the Eddie Torres dancers with less than one year of dance experience. Martinez learned quickly and he began teaching mambo in 1997.
In 2000 Martinez founded an Afro-Latin Dance Company called Abakua. The company toured Europe and Japan, and quickly became a popular fixture in the Euro-Asian salsa scene. Martinez and Abakua have performed in over 50 cities in 20 countries around the world, and continue to be active. He has performed and taught all over the world as has worked with famous musicians such as Tito Puente, and Jose Alberto. Martinez began learning karate at age 9 and is a black belt in Shotokan Karate (Chinese Martial Arts).
Hometown: New York, NY