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13 days to the Biggest Dance Festival in Asia – India International Dance Festival 2016

Listing: We are just 13 days away to IIDC 2016. We wanted you to get to know 4  international artists who have taken the dancing world by storm, some who are coming to India for the very first time. The Indian and Bangalore Dance community of around 7000 dancers are extremely excited to meet them in less than 2 weeks.

Meet Eddie Torres Senior & Eddie Torres Junior
Eddie Torres (born on July 3, 1950), also known as “The Mambo King”, is a salsa dance instructor. Torres’ technique developed from various sources including Afro-Cuban son, mambo, and North American jazz dance.  He is one of the more popular dancers of New York style salsa. Eddie has been dancing and teaching salsa for over four decades, he has trained thousands of dancers, including some of the most important dancers and instructors of the Big Apple and all over the planet like Delille Thomas (Mambo D), Wilton Beltre (the founder of Santo Rico Dance Company), Adolfo Indacochea, Franklin Diaz, Frankie Martinez, Arieh Alexander, and Seaon Bristol.He also has a children’s dance program that teaches approximately three hundred students a year. This is his 2nd visit to IIDC

For the first time, India will see two generations Father & son dancing together on stage on the India soil. 
Eddie Torres Jr., son of the legendary salsa dancer Eddie Torres and flamenco dancer Nelida Tirado was born and raised amongst the infectious rhythms of salsa and flamenco. His countless childhood year’s sitting in rehearsal’s, backstage and on tour, sparked his interest in the arts. He began studying music at the age of 12 and continued his music studies at The Celia Cruz High School of Music. At 14, he began dancing and excelled quickly as if he danced his entire life. He has trained at Ballet Hispanico of NY and Peridance Capezio Center, studying ballet, jazz and modern. He has had the privilege of beginning his professional career working with legendary salsa artists such as Tito Rojas, Victor Manuelle, Jose Albert “El Canario”, Alfredo de la Fe and the Eddie Torres Orchestra at venues such as the NY Copacabana, Manhattan Center, Lincoln Center, The Museo del Barrio and for the NY Knicks &, NJ Nets. He most recently collaborated with Jazz great Wynton Marsalis at Harvard University and continue’s his dance studies focusing on Afro- Cuban at Peridance.

Meet Lando Wilkins our Hip Hop Artist first time in India. Been a part of many films and American Televsion Shows
Began dancing at the age of 7. By the age of 19 he took choreography serious and decided to experiment as much as possible in his craft. In 2003 Lando joined his first collegiate team by the name of 220. There lead to the infamous Super Galactic Beat Manipulators where he assisted as an artistic director under the direction of Jabbawockeez own Kevin Brewer. By the support of his friends and family, he was lead to a larger calling that he did not anticipate. 2006 was the first year of the newly created Boxcuttuhz Gang. Implementing freestyle with choreography, Lando allows the music to tell him what to feel rather than making a routine to any song. Giving more enjoyment of feel thru music rather than what looks “cool” to it. That formula lead the Boxcuttuhz to take part on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 3. There after by his own gamble, Lando decided to quit his job at Apple Computers to pursue the enjoyment of teaching and learning worldwide. Thru risk and trials, he has now become more successful and is continuing to spread the love of creation. Going by the alias “Bang Jenkins”, Lando has choreographed for many teams within the states and workshops across the world. Even asia’s own Will Pan and Cindy Yen. Now at the age of 27, he has taken part with a more larger development, Lando willcontinue to grown along side his peers within Boxcuttuhz and Movement Lifestyle. “Movement is the last thing i should be worrying about. My reason and soul for dance is my first and foremost focus.”

Meet Alien Ramirez- 20 Times World Champion
Alien Ramirez was born in the city of Bayamo, Cuba. Her interest in the art of dancing started at a very early age. Since she was 4 years old, she never stopped dancing.
Alien started her professional dance training at the EIA (Escuela de Instructores de Arte, Cuba) where she developed her skills in several different types of dances. Some of these styles include ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, flamenco, Cuban folklore and, of course, all Latin styles and Afro-Cuban as well as gymnastics. Not only she trained as a dancer but also she graduated as a trained instructor. At the age of twenty one, she moved to Los Angeles, CA. She has since worked and partnered with many top professionals in Los Angeles such as Alex Da Silva, Cristian Oviedo, Rodrigo Guzman, Grizzly Hidriago, David Nieto, Jorge Contreras, Martin Galezz, Erick Calvillo and many others .Alien, in her career as a dancer, she has worked as a dancer for several television shows, video clips, TV commercials and as an assistant choreographer for the TV shows “So You Think You Can Dance” (2005 to 2008).

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