Eli Torres, Artistic Director
World Salsa Champion
"...to truly make spinning into an art form"
Recent Review of Eli Torres and Yen Dorado at the 1st Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival.
"Eli Torres, who is one of the best followers ever, has an unparalleled dancing technique unmatched by any stars we all know and respect. This diminutive dancer with a slim build never had any dance training and never took lessons - he learned salsa by watching others and yet his mastery in both leading and following is uncanny. The audience gasped and cheered watching his fast multiple spins on one foot... No other salseros demonstrated that skill.
But technique alone does not a good dancer make and this couple certainly got it all: performance skills, musicality and glorious stage presence. Too bad ESPN would not allow a same-sex (even non gay) - couple to be featured in its shows otherwise Eli and Yen would have won the world salsa competition hands down. In spite of all the admiration, both of them are down to earth accepting dance requests with a smile from just about anybody. And what a thrill it was dancing with them! " ----courtesy of Maya SalsaLoca
* 2009 MAYAN WORLD SALSA CHAMPION (recent win)
* 2009 Long Island US Dance Champion (recent win)
* 2009 Liberty Swing Cabaret US Champion (recent win)
* 2009 Florida Showdance/Cabaret US Salsa Champion
* 2008 Philadelphia Salsa Congress On1 Salsa Champion
* 2008 North American Dance Challenge Showdance Champion
* 2008 Philadelphia Liberty Dance Challenge US Salsa Champion
* 2008 Philadelphia Dreams Talent Competition Winner
* 2007 ESPN World Salsa Championships
* 2006 Philadelphia Hispanic Choice Awards Salsa Champion
* 2003 Vaseline Intensive Care Smooth Moves Competition Finalist
* 2002 Taj Mahal World Salsa Champion