Lorena Valenzuela was born and raised in Durango Mexico. She started dancing at the age of 3. After years of training in technical styles such as ballet, jazz and contemporary, Lorena moved to Monterrey, Mexico to pursue a College education. That’s where she met her dance family “Funkdation Crew”. Together they won national, and international competitions, traveled across Mexico performing, and teaching workshops. In April of 2012 they were chosen to be part of the American TV show “America’s Best Dance Crew”. This led to other amazing opportunities like performing live for the “Festival People Magazine” in San Antonio Tx, “Vail International Dance Festival” in Colorado, “Culture Shock LA: Beauty”, “Fosse the Jack Rabbit” “VIBE”, “World of Dance” in CA and performances for TV stations such as Fox 11, MTV and Univision.
Lorena started dancing Waacking in the summer of 2010 and she’s been teaching this style for over 6 years. Last year she began choreographing Waacking for important dance shows in Los Angeles such as “LA’s International Waackfest”, “Carnival: Choreographers Ball, “World of Dance”, “Collaboration SoCal”, “MaxtOut”, “Rythmic Expressions” among others. She’s been teaching in professional dance studios such as Movement Lifestyle, Studio V, The Get Down District, Stylz and the South Coast Conservatory in Southern California, and “The Jukebox Studio” in Phoenix, Arizona. “In the Groove Studios” and “District SF” in San Francisco and “The New Day Center” in Portland, OR.”Block 1750” in Denver CO.
She’s now signed with The Movement Talent Agency and has begun her journey as a professional dancer in Los Angeles industry. In the past couple months Lorena booked music videos for singers JoJo, Jody Watley and Nayer among other great opportunities. Last year Lorena became part of the outstanding Waacking crew “The Waackers” led by Kumari Suraj and now directed by Lorena Valenzuela, together they’ve been working hard to make the Punking/Waacking community of LA grow. She has judged important Waacking battles such as; “Return of the Waack”, “Jungle Spacehip Ball”, “Homeland 2015 Jam”, “Waackers of the Galaxy”, “USJ 2v2 Jam”, among others.
Being from another country is challenging, Lorena has experienced a lot of difficult situations but all those experiences have made her stronger. She believes that if you stay strong, humble and work hard in life, you’ll get anywhere you want.