Ortos J. Gutiérrez Ortiz, better known as Tito Ortos, was born in Santurce on December 26, 1974. After finishing a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Science from the University of Puerto Rico and studying music, vocals, bass, guitar and clarinet, Tito started his career as a salsa dancer by his parent’s initiative, both musicians. With his father he have De Menor a Mayor Orchestra with whom he recorded as one of the singers, 3 music albums and has his dance and musical review. He also developed as a dancer in other genres such as: Jazz, Merengue, "Bomba y Plena", Rumba, Modern Dance and Tap among others. Since then, with over 25 years in the Salsa World, he has visited more than 100 cities worldwide giving performances, certifications, coaching and classes with his wife and dance partner Tamara Livolsi.
Tamara, was born in Argentina on February 24, 1978, but was raised in Puerto Rico; she inherited from her mother the art of dancing. With more than 20 years of experience, she trained in various dance disciplines like: jazz, ballet, hip hop and others, making her a versatile dancer, instructor and coach. In the early years, she was a member of prestigious dance companies of Ballet and Jazz like: Ballet de San Juan and Bailos, with which she won several National Jazz Dance Championships. She has worked for artists like: Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, Melina León, Manny Manuel, Ednita Nazario, Yuri, Millie Coretjer, Grupo Mania and Wilkins among others. Tamara also created and teaches her Latin Funk Style workshops.
Together they own the company TNT Entertainment. Since the beginning of the first Congress in Puerto Rico in 1997, they participated in congresses around the world. They also work as judges for the Salsa Open, the World Salsa Championships, the World Latin Dance Cup and the World Salsa Summit, where they have been members of the committees that created and developed the rules for each one. They produced the Puerto Rico Hustle and Salsa Festival, coordinated the San Juan es Salsa competition, Bayamón Ciudad Salsera competition and they are part of the organization of the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress. They participated in various television commercials, dance videos and movies such as, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights", El Cantante: Hector Lavoe, Yellow and American Gangster as dancers. Also,they owned Rhythms Dance Studio with Danny Lugo, choreographer.
In addition, Tito has been the Director of the San Juan City Salsa Dance Program since 1998. His method of learning to dance salsa, "Tito Ortos Method," has been used in Salsa programs in the municipalities of Carolina and Bayamon. They have choreographed works for Concerts and Music Awards like the Latin Grammys, Latin Billboards, Premios Lo Nuestro, Premios Tu Mundo, Premios Juventud, etc. and for artists such as: Gilberto Santa Rosa, Víctor Manuelle, El Gran Combo, Luis Enrique, Michael Stuart, Tito Nieves, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montañez, Charlie Aponte, Rubén Blades, Nklave, NG2, Richie Rey y Bobby Cruz, Domingo Quiñones, Ismael Miranda, Elvis Crespo, Modesto Cepeda, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Tommy Olivencia, Julio Voltio and Tego Calderón. He also served as choreographer for the "Bomba" and "Cha-Cha-Cha" routine in Ricky Martin's appearance in Miss Universe 2001 and the Celia Cruz "Azúcar" Special in Miami in 2003. In addition, as a jazz dancer he has performed with Melina León, Yaire, Elvis Crespo, Olga Tañón and others.
Tito & Tamara - Chicago International Salsa Congress 2016
Tito & Tamara - Houston Salsa Congress 2016
Tito & Tamara - Milan On2 Congress 2016 Shines Workshop
Junior & Emily
Junior and Emily are a brother and sister team originally from San Francisco and now living in Los Angeles, California. Junior and Emily have performed, taught, and competed all over the world. They are one of the hottest Pro-couples on the International circuit bringing them to be one of the best in the world. Their electrifying routines blow the roof off of Congresses, Festivals, and corporate shows around the world. Through their dancing they have traveled and toured through the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa.
Through the years, Junior and Emily have created their own unique style of dancing, which has swept stages around the world. They are 8-time National and International Salsa Dance Champions and are the youngest solo internationally traveling couple. They have graced the cover of various Latin magazines, as well as been the face of many International Salsa Congresses around the world. They are currently one of the most sought out dance couples in the Salsa World.
They have been on TV and in commercials. They have worked with Celebrity Artists such as Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Justin Timberlake, Jamie King, Selena Gomez, just to name a few. They have guest appeared on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in Italy and have also done promotions for ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in the US. They were on the hit TV show "America's Got Talent" being one of the first dance couples to bring salsa to Prime Time TV. They were also assistant choreographers on the hit TV show ' So You Think You Can Dance' choreographing the Mambo in Season 2 and choreographers for Disney’s popular TV show ‘Austin and Alley.’ They were also featured dancers on Disney’s ‘Shake it Up’, The Kris Jenner Show and ABC’s ‘Make it or Break it.’ They have accomplished so much at such a young age, but for them this is just the beginning. Junior and Emily will continue to deliver fast, energetic, and exciting performances that will inspire and welcome the new generation of dance.
Proyecto Barrio is a Latin dance company based out of Atlanta, which hosts events, as well as teaches and performs Salsa at festivals, private & corporate events. The partnership of Co-Directors Allen Germaine and Niya Patel Thomas began in 2007, when the pair met while attending Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. Together they share a combined dance background that includes mambo, hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, west African, contemporary, as well as having been trained under the tutelage of world renowned choreographer/instructor Gordon Neil, and world renowned dance pioneer Joby Brava.
In 2008 Proyecto Barrio began to showcase their choreography within the Atlanta dance community, and thereafter received invitations to perform at a number of dance showcases throughout the east and southeast United States.
As a result of their unique dance background and continuous training, the duo has been able to specialize in fusing mambo with other genres of dance, which has enabled them to develop their own style, resembling none other. There are currently over 25 dancers in the company.
Proyecto Barrio has performed over 200 shows in over 20 cities, and have been featured on stage in places such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Orlando, Charlotte, Houston, Memphis, Raleigh, Philly and Miami.
Proyecto Barrio Dance Company - Rocket City Dance Festival 2016
Proyecto Barrio Pro (Al and Niya) - Pura Vintage
Adrian Tenorio is among the most talented and well respected Latin dancers to come out of the Midwest. He is experienced in: Mambo(On1/On2), Cha Cha Cha, Colombian Folklore, and some training in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and African dance.
A born dancer, Adrian has a natural flavor combined with various styles and technique that he has merged to call his own. As a part of the world-renowed Descarga Caribe Dance Company, Adrian trained and developed under internationally acclaimed dancer/instructor/choreographer Sekou Mcmiller. After gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience, Adrian went on to travel the globe with notable dance partners Cristina Zavala and Kimberly Rivera. His performance quality and choreographies quickly gained him notoriety in the National and International dance scene.
Adrian has performed and conducted workshops in countries such as Angola, Canada, Curacao, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and countless cities in the U.S.
Accomplishments: * 6th place, 2016 World Salsa Summit (Male Solo Division)
- Chicago Salsa Open Champion 2009,2010,2015
* 2nd place, 2010 Curacao International Salsa Tour Competition
* 2nd place, 2009 Nacional 27 Salsa Competition
* 2008 Nacional 27 Salsa Competition Champion
* 2nd place, 2006 International Hustle and Salsa Competition
Adrian Tenorio - Denver Salsa Bachata Congress 2016
Adrian Tenorio & Moves Dance Company - Chicago Salsa Bachata Festival
Edwin & Dakota (LFX)
International Ambassador of Dominican Arts, Edwin Ferreras is a Dominican-born dancer, scholar, and educator of the arts, based out of New York City. Edwin provides his students with an exceptional in-depth music and dance experience, and is widely popular for his innovative methods of teaching connection, musicality, history, cultural idioms, footwork and social dance skills. He has traveled around the world including; Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, and throughout the United States, encouraging his students to express themselves in their own unique way.
Edwin works with multitalented singer, actor, and dancer, Dakota Romero, who is a vital counterpart to his work in the Latin dance community. Dakota grew up in Los Angeles and began her dance career at the age of 10. She has trained in ballet, hip hop, and flamenco, but Latin dance has always been her passion. Together, Edwin and Dakota teach and perform, both at home in New York, and across the globe, captivating the world of dance.
Edwin & Dakota (LFX) - Byron Latin Fest 2016 Demo
Edwin & Dakota (LFX) - Byron Latin Fest 2016
Kizomba Harmony, based in Houston, TX, is a dance company directed by Monica Kay and Billy Myles offering instruction in Kizomba, Semba, and Tarraxinha. They are easily among the most highly trained, versatile, and technical instructors in the industry, having trained (and continuing to train) extensively in Kizomba, Semba, Tarraxinha, “New Style”/”French Style” Kizomba (often labeled these days as “2.0”, “Urban Kiz”, etc.), and Soukous, among other rhythms. They are proud to have the most established Kizomba/Semba dance school in Texas, having not only the longest running consistent weekly Kizomba classes in Texas, but also a healthy travel schedule teaching workshops, performing, or judging competitions at festivals, weekenders, and other events across the US and internationally in ten countries so far and counting!
Monica Kay and Billy recently traveled to Lisbon to represent the USA in Africadancar, the most prestigious international Kizomba competition in the world, and placed among the top ten couples in the world as Africadancar 2016 Finalists! In addition, they are the creators of the first downloadable mobile Kizomba instructional app in the world, Kizomba To Go™, which is available on iOS/Android platforms and has been downloaded in 63 countries and counting (visit www.kizombatogo.com to download their app)! They are also founders of the festival Kizomba Harmony African Dance Experience, a dance and music festival that highlights versatility and an all-inclusive vibe for learning African dance and culture. For the over four years of its existence, Kizomba Harmony and its members have striven to build a high quality diverse yet unified Kizomba scene in Houston and beyond, a scene where the history, culture, roots and foundation of Kizomba/Semba are respected, but where people also appreciate “new styles” based on that strong foundation. They truly enjoy sharing their passion for Kizomba, whether by teaching, performing, or simply letting loose on the dance floor! For a more in-depth discussion of their dance philosophy and vision for the Kizomba community, check out the Kizomba Harmony Manifesto www.kizombaharmony.com/manifesto!
Kizomba Harmony - Baila! Memphis 2016
Kizomba Harmony - KizombaMX 2016
Kizomba Harmony - Soul Train at Zouk Night Love 2015
Liquid Rhythm Inc… “Our dancing makes you wet…!”
When you think of dancing Salsa, the first thing that may come to mind is HOT and SEXY! You may not think of liquids unless you need some water to cool you off! That’s why Liquid Rhythm Inc. (LRI) is here to change and challenge your current mindset of Salsa.
LRI originally began as a performance-based dance company out of New Orleans with 6 core members consisting of local dancers with various dance backgrounds such as Hip-Hop, House, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Folkloric, and Ballet to name a few. LRI wanted to set itself apart from other Salsa dance companies by infusing movements each member already knew from previous dance forms into the technical frameworks of the many styles of Salsa they were currently studying. Most importantly, have FUN while doing so! LRI doesn’t believe that any one style of Salsa or dance is better than the next. They all possess unique qualities that give them such flare and appeal.