Video: Youth learn salsa at CHIP hispanic conference
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Born in South Lorain, Eileen Torres learned to dance at five years old and began performing Mexican folk dance for the Mexican Fiestas in Lorain at six. While at the University of Colorado she co-founded the university’s first Ballet Folklorico and received her degree in Dance. When returning to Ohio, she taught Alma de Mexico and began teaching Salsa in 1976. In 1978, Torres successfully auditioned for The National Chicano Dance Theater in Denver. The company dramatized the Chicano experience through dance and toured with the company for two years.
Torres currently teaches at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts and other area schools as well as in a number of nightclubs. She is regularly invited to teach for government agencies, health and fitness fairs, and for a variety of private events. Torres has lectured on Salsa in many venues including The Kennedy Center, the Bacardi Salsa Congress in Puerto Rico, The European Salsa Festival in The Netherlands, and the Washington DC Salsa Festival among others. In addition, she was contracted by Starbucks Coffee Company to collaborate on the Latin compilation CD titled Mambo Mio. She assisted in the selection of the music, wrote the liner notes on the origins of Latin music, and created a piece on each artist.
Ms. Torres is President of Salsation Productions and Publisher of Salsamundo.com; a web site dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Salsa music. She currently is preparing to produce and host a cable television show titled Salsamundo.