HOMETOWN: New York, NY
BEST KNOWN FOR: Latin Dance Festival Promoter
Albert Torres is a popular promoter in the latin dance scene.
- Born in Brooklyn, New York (1956)
- Albert cites his mother Luisa as his inspiration to dance.
- At the age of five began his formal dance training.
- Honed his salsa skills in the Latin clubs of the United States and Puerto Rico.
- Moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to pursue the growing Latin music scene.
- Founded Albert Torres Productions, Inc in 1994.
- Hard work and determination has made him a successful West Coast promoter of Latin music and events, as well as a highly successful choreographer, dance agent, and his company manages some of Los Angeles’ premier Latin talent.
- In 1996 Albert received the Best Salsa Club Promoter of The Year Award for Latin Music from The Latino Music Awards. The award recognized his success in bringing Salsa dancing and music to clubs throughout the Los Angeles area.
- Albert has brought Los Angeles important artists such as the legendary Cuban bands Los Van Van, NG La Banda, Orchestra Aragon, and Fania, as well as Grammy award-winners Eddie Palmieri and Larry Harlow and The Latin Legends. P
- roduced the first three El Dia de San Juan Festivals, opening the Ford Theater’s Summer Nights Season and performing himself to rave reviews from such industry benchmarks as The Hollywood Reporter.
- Famous actor Armand Assante offered Albert a dance role in the feature film Mambo Kings, starring Antonio Banderas. Soon other roles followed including Out to Sea, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. In Dance with Me, starring Vanessa Williams and Chayanne, Albert appeared as a principal dancer while working as the film’s assistant choreographer.
- Albert has appeared on such television shows as NYPD Blue, Brotherly Love, The Home and Family Show with Christina Ferrare, and Dance for Life. Other TV credits include performing with Jennifer Lopez on The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, and in 1997, Albert worked as the choreographer and music consultant for the network pilot Xuca.
- In 1996, Albert received The City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Certificate of Appreciation for his time and effort in organizing and choreographing the family cultural arts festival El Baile de Los Ninos.
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