MC - Albert Torres

Albert Torres is the world’s premier producer of live Salsa Music and Dance events.

His passion for Salsa has been an inspiration to a countless number of people from all walks of life and his continuous efforts to globalize Salsa have made a major impact on the preservation and accessibility of both Salsa Music and Salsa Dance around the world.

Founded in 1992, Albert Torres Productions Inc. (ATP) has created and co-produced over three hundred and fifty spectacular Salsa Dance Events known as SALSA CONGRESSES in such exotic places as; Dubai, The United Arab Emirates, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Holland, Hamburg, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Ecuador, New Zealand, Australia, Puerto Rico, and in numerous city across America

Albert Torres also co-produced The World Salsa Championships that were seen worldwide on ESPN.

In 1998 Albert Torres Productions (ATP) has created and produced the world’s largest Salsa Music event, THE LOS ANGELES SALSA CONGRESS aka LA SALSA FEST. ATP transforms the event’s location into an exciting music and dance venue that attracts over 20,000 Latin Music enthusiasts from all over the world.

He has also been a featured dancer and choreographer on various film and television projects such as MAMBO KINGS with ANTONIO BANDERAS and DANCE WITH ME with VANESSA WILLIAMS. In 1993, he was selected by DEBBIE ALLEN to be a featured dancer at the Academy Awards, and he also made a guest starring appearance on the KEENAN WAYANS SHOW where he performed with JENNIFER LOPEZ.

Albert Torres Productions Inc. (ATP) continues to deliver top-notch quality events with world class performers. His bands are legendary and his events feature some of the finest musicians and dancers the world has ever known.

MC - John Jay

Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, John Jay has always had an innate love of music. At age 11, he was influenced by a childhood friend to participate in a school music program. It was then that he began to play the trombone. His older brother, Alex—a Fania All-Stars enthusiast, took note of this and encouraged John Jay to listen to Salsa music.

John Jay’s growing passion for Salsa music transitioned him into the world of dance when he was prompted to learn some Salsa steps as a background singer. In 1998, it was at the Copacabana in NYC where John Jay was immediately impressed by a particular dancer named Ismael Otero. It would not be until a year later that John Jay would encounter this amazing dancer again; first as his student, then assistant, and later as a fellow dance member of the Caribbean Soul Dance Company. Thanks to Ismael, his membership with the group has allowed him the opportunity to travel nationally, as well as internationally, with performances in Israel, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and Canada to name a few.  

While traveling and performing, John Jay has also been blessed to share the MC stage with countless Promoters and Salesros, such as Albert Torres, Ruby Rivera, Edwin Rivera and David Melendez. These relationships cultivated into supportive friendships over the years.

In 2014, he was asked by the world’s best known, most requested, busiest and 1st US Salsa Congress Promoter, Albert Torres, to assist him with being the MC for the afternoon showcases in the LA Salsa Fest. John Jay was again honored to be asked and could not refuse. Later that same year, Albert Torres asked him to again assist him at the World Latin Cup Championships in Miami, Florida.

Today, John Jay continues to MC and entertains with his spontaneous humor, musical influence and dancer appreciation, participating in various Salsa events and clubs in places such as Spain, Israel, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and California.

DJ - Super DJ Robby

Robert Rodriguez, “Super DJ Robby”, was born in Havana, Cuba.  He came to the United States in 1982 at age 13 with his parents and his sister. Robby’s musical interests began as a child.  At age 16, a family friend presented him with an amplifier, turntable and 2 home speakers.  This, together with his first purchase of 3 records by his favorite artists, (El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Oscar D’Leon as well as the late, great Celia Cruz) enabled him to begin sharing his music with the world.

Super DJ Robby’s first performance was in 1990 at the Hola Barcelona Night club, where he continued to perform for the following 7 years.  Soon thereafter followed additional performances at the Fifth Avenue Night club (where he met Albert Torres), Rudolpho’s Night Club, The Mayan, The Grand Avenue Night Club, The Boat House in Santa Monica and also Sagebrush in Culver City.  His career rapidly expanded to include performances with Oscar D’Leon, Los Van Van, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Marc Anthony, Tito Nieves, local L.A. artist Johnny Polanco as well as the late greats Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.  

Super DJ Robby has received recognition from the Los Angeles City Council and was named Best Salsa DJ of Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002 by Sabor Magazine.  His most recent engagements comprise performances at various Salsa Congresses and Festivals worldwide including Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Zurich, Switzerland; United Kingdom; Saskatoo,Vancouver, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; Hong Kong; Miami, Florida; and yearly performances at The West Coast Salsa Congress in Los Angeles, California and WLDC.  When asked how he has managed to develop such an illustrious career, he replied: “I am very grateful to Albert Torres for the opportunities he has given me and for the ability to share the joy of what I do best with the world.  ¡Que viva la salsa!”

DJ - DJ Mambo

Dj Mambo is one of the pioneers of Salsa & Bachata in San Diego with over 18 years experience in dancing, teaching, performing and DJing.

Dj Mambo has been DJing all over the United States for the past 13 years.

Mambo is a veteran Dancer/Instructor of Salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Bachata who also owns his team Son Y Pasos.

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