Louinès Louinis is a choreographer, dancer, musician, folklorist and founder and artistic director of The Louinès Louinis Haitian Dance Theater. His most important task is preserving the traditions and folklore of Haitian dances and rituals. He is recognized as a living treasure in the Haitian Diaspora, having taught, performed and choreographed Haitian dance for over fifty years.
Louinis studied dance and theater with Erzulie Dantor Troupe, Theatre de Verdure Massillon Coicou and the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He achieved national distinction as the principal dancer and choreographer of Troupe Folklorique National (Haiti’s national theater) and Troupe Bacoulou.
Louinis is an accomplished educator, with many years of experience teaching Haitian folklore and dance to students of all ages. He was Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, teaching Afro-Haitian dance, jazz, and modern dance for 25 years.
More recently, he has taught Caribbean dance technique and culture at Florida International University as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Dance. Mr. Louinis has traveled widely, teaching Haitian and Katherine Dunham Technique master classes at dance festivals and universities.