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Meet Luis Gabriel Perez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Luis Gabriel Perez.

Luis Gabriel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, my name as we know is Luis Gabriel Perez but everyone knows me by Gabriel because I have five brothers with the same 1st name. I am dancer based out of Noho. I never always wanted to pursue dance as a career but I loved doing it with all that I was. I was going to school for political science at NMSU because my main goal was to work in the UN. I joined the military and enlisted in the army reserves. So I was able to attempt to get my degree while balancing my military career. The most interesting part of the situation is I was always around dancers and the dance programs and never really around my political Science Department. After a year in school, I volunteered for deployment and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. During that time, they want to dance grew and grew. And I missed it so much! I would take every chance I could to dance, in the gym, or in my room but nothing compared to being around other artist or a studio.

After returning from my deployment, I went back to school continued to actually pursue political science but part of me knew it wasn’t for me. I still hung out around the dance program daily and they allowed me to take Modern 1 while I was at school. It was my Modern teacher Jermey Edmonson that really pushed me to really purse and love dance the way I do. After a semester, I heard about the Debbie Reynolds Dance Program (directed by Erin Marino) in Los Angeles and heard that they were having auditions. I decided to go give it a shot I flew to LA and auditioned and got accepted to the program. I joined the program balancing work, my army life, school life and the program that was a whole beast in its self. Halfway through the program, I blessed to sign with Clear Talent Group and that was the moment to me that made me realize I really am out here in LA Pursing my career as a dancer. Knowing that there’s still a lot more work to be done but I’m here for the challenge and fun.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I could honestly say that moving to LA to me was maybe one of the biggest shockers to me. I have always been a fighter (as my mom says) since I was a child. I was born with NEC (Necrotizing enterocolitis). The doctors told my mom that they weren’t sure if they could save me. She prayed and prayed and I pulled through. So slim chance to make it. So every day is a blessing. So I can say the hardships have been like fuel whenever I feel like a hard times coming I embrace it and enjoy it. And just change my Outlook on the situation.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Well, I’m a dancer! So technically, I am my own brand! I consider myself a hip hop dancer and love to freestyle so that is one of my strong suits most definitely. No matter what style of dance or movement, I love to move and do it. I always take jazz, Latin styles, modern, Afro, house, hell if it’s dancing I’m doing it! Anything dance related, I am there.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory is when we had a big family reunion for my grandma’s birthday. We had all different kinds of my favorite Dominican food. All my cousin and family was around. Music was playing! We played games. Just enjoyed each other’s company.

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