Who We Are
RI Latin Dance is a dance school located in Providence, RI that specializes in teaching Latin Style Dance, with a primary focus in NY Style Salsa On2, Bachata, Cha Cha and more!
The Mission of RI Latin Dance is to foster a dance community that will enrich the lives of people of all ages by providing education in dance. We aim to provide an environment that is a safe space for everyone and free of judgement.
Owner and Lead Instructor of RI Latin Dance
Mori Granot-Sanchez (she/her/hers), based in Rhode Island, is the founder and director of Rhode Island Latin Dance, a dance school she started in 2012.
In 2017 she launched her professional dance team, RILD-Synergy.
Through her community work, Mori teaches weekly salsa classes at the Brown University Salsa Club and directs their performance team Alma Salsera.
She ran various after school dance programs and art credit-eligible dance classes for inner-city youth in high schools throughout the state. She currently teaches at Bradley Hospital for the Healing Arts Program, where she provides a creative and therapeutic dance outlet to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of young patients.
Mori began dancing at the age of five in Haifa, Israel, delving into Israeli folk, jazz, modern and ballet. She began dancing salsa at age seventeen. Her travels led her to the U.S. in 2006, where she would later pursue her love of salsa and embark on her professional dance career.
In 2008, Mori started dancing and performing in RI. In 2011, she started training and working with Masacote Entertainment and participated in a Dance & Music research in Cuba and Puerto Rico through Meta-Movements Dance Co. In 2017, Mori started teaching and performing with Masacote Dance Company. (MasaWomen's Troup, Masa2 and Masacote Dance co.) Currently, Mori teaches and performs with her own Dance Company and collaborates with different artists for various dance projects.
Mori is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and performer who focuses on salsa as a teaching tool for self-development and to further inclusivity.
For Mori, life is a never-ending cycle of lessons – she believes each day should be lived to better one’s self and that personal enrichment means nothing unless one can bring the best out of fellow dancers and improve the dance community by creating a safe, non-judgmental space for people of all races, genders and backgrounds to come together and dance.
Instructor of RI Latin Dance
Henry fell in love with performing while he was a freshman in high school, where he trained in afterschool programs that focused on folkloric dances from around the world.
He was exposed to different types of dancing including salsa, bachata, merengue, and hip-hop.
In college, his love for dance grew even more. As an active member of URI's dance team, eXposure, Henry was able to share his passion throughout the years through teaching and choreographing numerous pieces.
Originating from the Dominican Republic, his passion always inclined more into the Latin dances.
Henry has been training with RILD since 2015 and coaching and instructing since 2018. He has also been part of RILD-Synergy performing team since 2017.
Henry has had the chance to introduce bachata classes and workshops to the community through RILD networks. His aspiration is to spread his love for dance by sharing his knowledge and by creating spaces where people can express themselves as they are.