Who We Are
Rhode Island Latin Dance
is a dance school & company based in RI that specializes in teaching and performing
Latin Style Dance, with a primary focus in NY Style Salsa On2, Bachata, Cha Cha & more!
The Mission of Rhode Island Latin Dance is to foster a dance community that will enrich the lives of people of all backgrounds by providing event entertainment & education of Latin Dance.
We aim to provide an environment that is
free of judgement and safe space for everyone to come together and dance!
Owner, Choreographer & Lead Instructor of RILD
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.
In her most recent collaborations, Mori performed with Ana Tinajero at The Kennedy Center in DC, Cuba & The Queer Afro Latin Dance Festival in CA.
She has also been teaching & performing nationally and internationally;
USA & Puerto Rico, Canada, Cuba, DR, Israel just to name a few...
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.
More about Mori:
Instructor & Principle Dancer of RILD
Henry Rodriguez (He/Him/His) has been training with RILD since 2015.
in 2017, he started professionally performing with
RILD Dance Company Synergy.
He started teaching with RILD in 2018, and then became the principle dancer and lead Instructor along side Mori Granot-Sanchez.
Henry's professional dance training also includes:
Alma Salsera, the Brown University Salsa Club Performance team,
Masa2, Masacote Dance Co., and Querencia Dance Company.
Originating from the Dominican Republic, Henry grew up loving his Latin heritage, where he developed his deep passion for Latin Music & 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 and was exposed to different types of dance styles 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.
Since 2020 Henry has been teaching at the
Brown University Salsa Club and has been running the Bachata program for both the BSC & RILD.
Henry has performed nationally and internationally (North America & the Caribbean), as well as teaching Bachata classes, workshops & choreograph Quinceaneras.
He is very passionate and involved in creating safe, welcoming and friendly social dance spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community to be part of the Afro Latin dance scene, such as: the DespeloteX project in Boston.
Henry's aspiration is to spread his love for Latin Dance by sharing his knowledge and creating inclusive spaces where people can express themselves as they are.