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    Named after Superman’s father, Jor-el Rios was destined for the stage. Raised by a single mother and his two siblings; he is the youngest of his family. Rios started dancing at the tender age of five when he was offered a scholarship with The Elliot Feld (Ballet Tech School) where he received his training under the direction of Patrice Hemsworth and Daniel Levans until the age of ten. At the age of eleven he joined Young Ambition Dance company under the direction of Lillian Diaz and became a Principal Dancer within three years where he continued to enhance his training and specializing in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Salsa/Mambo on 2, Cha-Cha, Afro-Cuban and International Ballroom. In 2002 Jor-el joined an adult Salsa Dance Company by the name of Eddie Torres. While training Jor-el was offered a position in the company by The Mambo King himself. He was the youngest amongst the other fourteen company members so standing out wasn't much of a difficult task. Having toured Europe and the Caribbean by the age of fourteen years old. He then began Voguing competitively in the Underground Ballroom Scene at the age of fifteen years old . Jor-el quickly became one of the supreme competitors of his generation winning trophies all of the country earning his stage name The Royal ‘Prince” of Vogue Fem. Soon after being cast as one of the Principal Dancers of Vogue Evolution, Jor-el went on to appear with fellow company members on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew to break barriers for the LGBT community and help people feel comfortable in their own skin After MTV’s ABDC Prince competed on Yahoo’s Online competition “Ready Set Dance’ where he won the prize for $10,000. Since then Jor-el continues to tour the world teaching and performing as a soloist, company member and dance partner at various international shows pursuing his dream to dance forever