Hello! My name is Lorna B.

Hugs & Salsa is a global salsa dance journey inspired from my travels as a community health promoter in Latin America and my dance background and upbringing in Puerto Rico.


Workshops, Private Lessons & Event Entertainment

The workshop experience integrates principles from community health and dance facilitation, with elements of reflective discussion, movement drills, and peer solidarity. Specializations include ladies styling, performance presence, salsa pole, Caribbean isolation movements, and consulting on interpersonal communication/management for your studio team.

Intimate salsa lessons for couples with a focus on partner connection, as well as event entertainment (collegiate late night programming, weddings, quinceañeros, liason to nightclubs & bars), are also services of the project.

Lorna is a true gem when it comes to teaching ladies' styling for salsa. Her enthusiasm, passion, and ability to go up and beyond what you would expect a teacher to do for you made the class engaging and fun. Whether you are an experienced dancer or not, you will no doubt find a safe place to express yourself within Lorna's teaching. I felt empowered and supported all throughout the course with her!

- Daniela W., University of Florida Leisure Courses


As a conscientious and dynamic dancer, I care to encourage peer connections, intersectionality, body ownership, and holistic cross-training for my students, to support their unique style and empowered expression.

Lorna Bouret trained in Puerto Rico at Escuela Especializada en Ballet Julián E. Blanco and Academia de Bailes Iveth Mejías. She holds an Anthropology degree from the University of Florida, and has mentored for organizations such as Peace Corps, Iniciativa Comunitaria, Gainesville Girls Rock Camp, and other experiential-learning institutions. When not traveling, Lorna calls salsa/pole/healing art studios in Gainesville, Florida home.


Follow us as we travel the globe.

If I am near your area, you can request a visit to your studio.

Touring Schedule
Location Date Notes
Gainesville, FL, USA Feb 13, 2018 Home Sweet Home
Mountain View, CA, USA Feb 14, 2018 LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN. Salsa at: Alberto's Salsa Studio & Ultra Lounge (Victoria Ruskovoloshina/Carlos "Dimelo Cantando"). Also enjoyed a short trip to San Francisco and Monterey. Next time, visit: Mambo Flames in San Jose (with Daniel Huerta) on Tuesdays, and El Valenciano in San Francisco on Wednesdays hosted by Mambo Romero Dance Company. Calendar of events at
Portland, OR, USA Mar 01, 2018 Salsa at: Salsa con Coco (Erick Gonzalez and Catherine Rolph), Lines Dance Academy in both Hillsboro and Downtown locations (Mere and Analine), The Viscount Dance Studio (Sarah Riddle). Next time, visit: Vitalidad Movement Arts Center. Yoga at: Firelight Yoga
Los Angeles, CA, USA Mar 08, 2018 Salsa at: El Floridita Restaurant on Mondays. Short trip to Newport Beach and UC Irvine to watch Charles compete at the Pan Ams IBJJF. Next time I would like to visit Stevens Steak House (for salsa) near Newport Beach. Calendar of events at Quick stop back in Gainesville, FL to train with Danielle before Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA Mar 23, 2018 Salsa at: World Salsa Summit/Chicago Salsa & Bachata Festival. Bomba at: AfriCaribe. Next time, visit: Dance Academy of Salsa in the Paseo Boricua/W Division St
Denver, CO, USA Mar 26, 2018 Salsa at: La Rumba (Senora and Jig), Colorado New Style Dance Studio (Daniel Cid and Kathryn Warshaw). Yoga at: Tula Hot Yoga Denver. Next time, visit: Black Belt Salsa with Edie the Salsa Freak
Kailua-Kona, HI, USA Apr 03, 2018 Salsa at: Kona Elks Lodge 2616 (Wednesdays, Gerry Colyn). Pole at: Big Island Pole Dance Studio (Almitra). Layover in Honolulu
Osaka, Japan Apr 23, 2018 Happy sighseeing, not able to train. Next time, visit: Vida Latina Artists Cafe Bar - ヴィダ・ラティーナ・アーティストカフェ&バー
Kaohsiung, Taiwan Apr 26, 2018 Salsa at: Salsa Pier (Angus Wang and Serena Chen), Brickyard Latin Fridays. Quick stop at Taipei Salsa Motion (Jessie Lin, Gaetano Pistorio). Next time, visit: salsa studios Havana哈瓦那 (Kaohsiung), Bailalo (Taipei), and Eric Wang with Taipei Mamboland
Seoul, South Korea May 04, 2018 Happy sightseeing with HyenJin, not able to train, but next time I would like to visit salsa bars/studios near Hongik University: Salsa Club Buena (at 217, Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu), Club Bonita Seoul 클럽 보니따 서울 (at 191, Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu), and 홍대턴 - Hongdae Turn
Ha Noi, Viet Nam May 08, 2018 Salsa at: Beso Latino Vietnam (Do Sao Mai and Le Thanh Tung), Spring Salsa (Tyna Truong, Nam Ngọc Đoàn, and Marcus Pham), S-Fire Studio (Bùi Khánh Thu). Yoga at: Om Hanoi Yoga & Cafe. Saw the amazing production of Lang Toi (My Village) by Lune Production at the Hanoi Opera House. Day trips to Hạ Long Bay and Bái Đính Temple/Trang Am (Ninh Binh Province) by Wati Travel
Phuket, Thailand May 20, 2018 Taught two workshops on May 22 at The Green Man Pub (thank you Nui Jangrugsa!), 7:00PM Puerto Rican Street Salsa & 8:00PM Afro Caribbean Movement. Layover in Singapore
Melissia & Paros, Greece May 29, 2018 Trained in Latin International with Natasha Dimitriou and in Casino with Δημήτρης Γολικίδης (Dimitris Golikidis) at Ordanza Performing Arts Center in Melissia, just outside of Athens. Next time: SalsaDoo Dance School and SalsaSinners DanceCo
Italy: San Benedetto Po, Cassolnovo, Firenze, Milano, afternoons in Venezia and Pisa, Bibione June 15, 2018 Taught English and DANCE at an English summer camp for kids in Italy. Celebrated my birthday in Venezia. Took a class with Salsa Caliente Firenze at Immagine Danza. Next time would like to train at Studio Gem and Academia Sosa
Tel Aviv, Israel July 08, 2018 Layover in Malta. Went to the Port of Tel-Aviv (נמל תל אביב ויריד המזרח @Namaltlv) for its Latin Summer Mondays and took a Casino Master lesson with Moti Sabag at הוואנה קלאב Havana Club
Gainesville, FL, USA Mid-July, 2018 Making my way back home through the Reykjavik, Iceland and Chicago, USA airports. Let's see what lies ahead for my next chapter of travel!

Who Can Collaborate?

Curious on how YOU can make a difference in this project?

Whether you are a Latin dance startup studio, an established academy, or a congress promoter. A pole dance or yoga studio? Yes please! I am also interested in experiencing folkloric and cultural dance in your area. Even a tremendous contribution could be in the form of housing.

Please do send me a message!


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