|Compiled by Manny Siverio
(Originally posted on Salsaweb NY's very 1st
I'll start off by giving you information on Eddie Torres. Eddie was the recipient of
The First Annual Salsaweb Convention Lifetime Achievement Award. Since then, he has
received several other similar awards. All I can say is "ABOUT TIME". Eddie and
his wife Maria have been doing this for years without the respect and recognition that
they deserve. They have put a lot work and effort into spreading the art of Mambo dancing.
For this and several other reasons, Eddie is one of my favorite Mambo teachers and
considered by many to be New Yorks Primo Mambo King. Eddie is the Grand Master of
the "2" dancers. Everyone has gone through Eddie or has gone through someone who
has gone through him.
If you want to be challenged then I highly recommend
Eddie's Sunday class where he drills lots of open shines - something that I notice LA
dancers lack. Its necessary to have a foundation in shines. A "shine" or
"open shine" are a sequence steps that are done to the beat of the clave
whenever you and your partner are dancing apart from each other. For example, the basic
step is an open shine. Shines can be done with your partner in a follow the leader manner;
a rapid showdown with your partner or just for fun. There are more than a hundred
different standard shines. You can get a list and a breakdown for each shine (done in
clave for men's or lady's timing) from Eddie Torres.
But if you hang tough its worth it. Eddie normally calls
out the name of a shine and the class begins to perform it. After he runs through a
seemingly endless list of shines, he asks the students to name the shines they want him to
break down. He normally breaks down 5-10 shines. This way you can leave knowing at least
5-10 new floor shines.
Friday night is another one of my favorite Eddie Torres
nights because he breaks down 2 to 3 different turn patterns.
Additional Info on Eddie Torres:
Eddie Torres has been teaching classes for what seems to be a zillion years, yet he
teaches each open shine as if it were the very first time. His years of teaching
experience allows him to impart priceless pointers and hints which help sharpen a
students mambo technique and style. Single classes run for $20, while 4 class
packages can be purchased for $60.
Eddie's Style in a nutshell
If I were to describe Eddie
Torres's style of dancing, I would say that its smooth and refined. He moves with the
grace of a Latin Fred Astaire, yet you can tell that he can feel the music. The man dances
with SABOR and SWING. Watching Eddie dance is watching a master in motion. If you want to
learn from someone who has the experience, the style and the roots of NY Mambo dancing,
then Eddie Torres could be the instructor for you.
Click here to read
Maria Torres' Instructor Review
this web site for Eddie's current class schedule, locations and contact
Articles:(Link taken from
SalsaCrazy.com, Posted on SalsaNewYork on 1/03)
"I can't say enough about Eddie Torres...- by Edie Lewis
Mambo Dance History"
Mambo King Is Back" by Manny Siverio
"Eddie Torres: Salsa Dancing Goes Classic" by Mary Kent,
Latin Beat Magazine, May 1995
Eddie Torres Photo Essay - by Manny Siverio
"Entrevista a Eddie Torres por Alberto Bonne" (in
"Mambo King of Latin Dance" by Mark Holston, Dancing
USA, May/June 1995
"Salsa Jam" by Nicholas M. Ullo, The Ballroom Review,
"Eddie Torres" by Kathryn Willgress
"First Look: Eddie Torres Teaches Salsa Nightclub Style"
by Mary Kent, The Descarga Newsletter.
Dance City... "Mambo, it's back" by
Instructional Videos &
On 2 Online - Salsa/Mambo Internet Classes
Eddie & Maria Torres teach the Eddie Torres Technique, NY
Style, over the
over the internet to anyone in the world.
Click Here for class information.
- Eddie is currently available to teach
private classes. Those interested should contact him directly to discuss fees and scheduling.
- Eddie normally caters to an adult student crowd.
EDDIE TORRES DANCE STUDIO
Eddie is currently teaching at various studios in the New York
www.EddieTorresNY.com to see Eddie Torres's current weekly dance class
Schedule and locations.
Call number above for prices.
classes are subject to
change without notice
it is always a good idea to confirm classes or clubs before heading out
NYC Transit : NYC Public Transit
Authority Website which supplies you info on train/bus routes, transportation, etc.
Mapquest.com : Map/direction providing website for those using their own
vehicles to get to class location.
Yahoo.com: This is the link to the Yahoo
maps starting page. According to Steve Shaw, it may be the better of the two Map websites.