About Martinez Dance Studios

Performance Based Living

Martinez Dance Studios was created in 1997. Specializing in improvisation for social dancing we also offer a strong curriculum for those getting ready for performance. 

Our founding principles of Precision, Rhythm, and Authenticity drive Performance Based Living.

Martinez Dance studios is a place where you can learn the technique and the precision of ballroom as well as finding the rhythm and the soul of authentic dancing.

A place where incredible street dancing meets professional ballroom dancing.

A place where movement, numbers, and soul mix to create authentic dancing.


Meet the Team

Your Key to Success

Israel Martinez

Founder, Owner, Instructor

Israel Martinez set out to create a dance studio that dissolves the lines between ballroom dancing and authentic Latin dancing.  A studio where every dance is nurtured and enjoyed. These ambitions were realized through the creation of Martinez Dance Studios.
Mr. Martinez is also the creator and Director of Umbrella Theatre Company (formerly Taino Dance Theatre) devoted to developing community and unity through the performing arts. 
He contributes his success to strong family values of love, music, and kindness. Mr. Martinez grew up in a performance household - his father Israel "Chamaco" Martinez as well as his uncle - both accomplished musicians, singers, and dancers.
A New York City native with over 25 years experience teaching, competing, and performing in numerous dance styles Israel and Martinez Dance Studios invite you to join our community.

Lisa Clay

Assistant Instructor

Lisa has studied with Martinez Dance Studied in various styles. Her sharp wit and drive lead to a steady progression through lessons in salsa and complex partnering. Now, as an assistant instructor, Lisa is excited to share her love of salsa with you.

Bernard Seaborn

Master MAA Instructor

Bernard brings years of experience to Martinez Dance Studios. His many certifications include: NCFS and ACE personal training​, International Taekwondo Federation Black Belt,  and International Martial Arts Center Black Belt. Bernard is the instructor to keep you in fighting (and dancing) shape.


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