HOMETOWN: New York, New York
BEST KNOWN FOR: Salsa, Mambo
Eddie Torres is one of the true innovators in the world of latin dance, and is affectionately known as “The Mambo King”. Torres was influential in developing a formalized teaching methadology (On1/On2) that thousands of salsa instructors today use to teach their students. At age 15 he caught the dancing bug in an attempt to impress a young lady. Soon after Eddie’s sister Elia began to teach him the basics of “Latin” dance. The term “Salsa” wasn’t used to describe modern Salsa until the 70s. By his mid-70’s Eddie was teaching and competing in contests all over New York. Eddie has been dancing and teaching salsa for over four decades and he has trained thousands of dancers.
His proteges are some of the most important dancers and instructors in the world including Delille Thomas (Mambo D), Wilton Beltre (the founder of Santo Rico Dance Company), Adolfo Indacochea, Franklin Diaz, Frankie Martinez and Seaon Brystol. Through his dance school, he has taught thousands of people how to dance salsa in his own distinctive style. He also has a children’s dance program that teaches approximately three hundred students a year.
(Source: Eddie Torres Wikipedia)