Cori Lewis was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana where she received her formal dance training from the New Orleans Ballet Association. While at this program, Lewis trained with artists from Parsons Dance, San Francisco Ballet, TU Dance, Stephen Petronio, and others. She performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet at their Joyce Theater gala twice, and participated in community performances with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Hispánico. Lewis continued her dance education at SUNY Purchase College’s Conservatory of Dance, receiving her BFA this May. During her junior year, she was a dancer for Ballet Hispánico’s second company.