Frankie Martinez is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and renowned Latin contemporary dancers of his generation.
Frankie’s exploration into the Afro-Caribbean roots of his performance art and the choreographic possibilities native to Latin/Afro-Latin dance positions him as one of the foremost authorities in the genre.
A 4th-degree black belt in Shotokan karate and a former serviceman of the U.S. Navy, Frankie approaches his art form with unrivaled discipline and razor-sharp focus. These qualities combined with his rich Puerto Rican heritage and inherent musicality have helped to distinguish him as a true pioneer in the performing arts world – developing his own brand of dance entitled, “Afro-Latin Funk”.
After a brief period under the tutelage of Mambo dance luminary Eddie Torres, Frankie was inducted into the world-famous Eddie Torres Dancers as a principal. During this period, Frankie performed with such Latin music icons as Tito Puente and the legendary FANIA All-Stars.
In 2000, Frankie established his own dance troupe, the ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company (ABAKUÁ) “To advance the art of Afro-Latin dance worldwide as a legitimate and established performance art form through performance, presence, and education”.
Within months of its inception, ABAKUÁ gained notoriety at a blinding pace within the Latin dance community and the performing arts community at large.
To date, Frankie and ABAKUÁ have performed in over 50 cities and over 20 countries worldwide. They have performed at prestigious venues including MSG, Roseland Ballroom, Lincoln Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob’s Pillow and NY Summerstage amongst many others.
To this day, Frankie is constantly sought after for performances, interviews, and workshops/lectures around the world.