Lori was voted “Person of the Year”, two years in a row by the readers of DanceTalk, the country’s largest newsletter for hustle dancing and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Hustle Hall of Fame.
Lori lives in New York, and travels to Florida frequently. When in Florida, she teaches Hustle classes and gives private lessons at Goldcoast Ballroom.
Lori started teaching when she became hooked on the hustle and social dancing. She then branched off to all different styles of partner dance. She has won numerous dance championships in International Latin, Theater Arts, and Cabaret. She is a 2 time winner of the Zacharay’s Dance Contest and the popular television show, Sabado Gigante, the first win was for hustle and the second win for Latin dancing. She is also the winner of the Daily News Mambo Contest.
She was a featured performer of such prestigious dance companies as Pierre Dulaine’s ‘American Ballroom Theater Company” and ‘Swing Dance America’ performing in venues such as the Joyce Theatre, the Winter Garden at Battery Park, the Hong Kong Festival of the Arts and the Kennedy Center. She has performed at Lincoln Center, the Rainbow Room, the Copacabana, Latin Quarter, and other NYC night clubs. She has also made numerous TV and movie appearances.
Lori has taught and performed all over the world: in Germany, for Club Med, on Norwegian, Carnival, Holland America, Royal Carribbean and Costa cruise lines and is a well known dance competition judge and workshop teacher.
A renewed love of Hustle inspired her to start a monthly NYC dance party called Millennium Dance Parties, featuring Hustle, Salsa, West Coast Swing and Ballroom dancing. Because of its popularity, the party is now in it’s 10th year and is held in different locations throughout NYC on Friday and Saturday nights.
Lori is the event director of a popular national dance event called The New York Hustle Congress, now in it’s 8th year, which features competitions, workshops and social dancing in hustle, salsa, west coast swing and ballroom dancing.
This video presents a feature on Lori Brizzi and her Hustle events, and what she is doing to keep Hustle alive: