Choreographer Liz Imperio reveals what it takes to put together the sexy Latin dance moves

By Marisa Laudadio
Updated July 26, 2012 06:30 AM
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Before Jennifer Lopez was ready to hit the stage in one-of-a-kind Zuhair Murad costumes, Jenny from the Block donned sweats and sneakers to learn the moves for her sexy summer tour.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, artistic director and choreographer Liz Imperio – a Latin dance specialist who’s also worked with Madonna, Gloria Estefan and Lopez’s ex Marc Anthony – reveals the hard work she and Lopez, 43, put into the routine for “Let’s Get Loud.”

“I think this number is probably the hardest number that I’ve ever had to do in my life,” says Lopez, who’s been working with Imperio since her first concerts 11 years ago. “[I’ve] never done anything like this.”

Lopez will be on the road in the U.S. with Enrique Iglesias through Sept. 2 before she heads to the U.K. and Europe. “This is my dream,” she says. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do.”