Carlos Franquiz

Carlos was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and at the age of seven he started dancing hip hop at a local dance studio. At the age of nine Carlos decided he wanted to dance for a living.  He then began training in various styles of dance ranging from ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical, and ball room in Brooklyn. He was the lead child role in "Rocket Man" The Film.  Currently he attends the Ft. Hamilton HS/Joffrey Dance Program.  Continuing his training he also has attended the Joffrey Ballet School, The Paul Taylor Dance Company, received scholarships at The French Academie of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and was one of twenty dancers selected to participate in the NYU/Tisch Future Dancers & Dancemakers program. He has danced as a soloist and ensemble in great venues such as Alvin Ailey Theater, Symphony Space, Manhattan Arts Center, Barclay Center, US Open, Arthur Ashe Kids Day Main Stage and various others.  He has appeared on television shows, such as Good Morning America and ESPN, appearing in music videos and working as an assistant choreographer. He has also performed the role of Fritz and the Nutcracker Prince in various Nutcracker performances throughout NY, and also performed at the Brooklyn Dance Festival, Young Choreographers Festival and more. Carlos is the Founder of All Boys Can Dance, an organization encouraging young males in dance through mentoring and workshops in the NYC area.  Carlos has been highly influenced by Michael Jackson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, and Fernando Bujones.  Outside of dance he continues to enjoy sports such as basketball and baseball.  When not training or performing in dance he loves spending time with his family and playing with his two young nephews.