Angel Ortiz

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Angel is a Rhythm specialist well versed in such dances as Mambo, Cha Cha, Merengue, and Salsa On2 and On1. He has been teaching at International Salsa Congresses and Festivals since 1997, including the original World Salsa Congress in August 1997 in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he served as a featured Instructor at the event for 5 consecutive years (1997-2001).

Having traveled to 124 cities in 27 countries to teach and perform, Angel is one of the leading proponents of the New York Style Salsa On2. For 6 years he was a member of the Eddie Torres Latin Dance Company (1990-1996).

Angel is always expanding his horizons and since 2004 has added DJing to his resume. Always a student, Angel continually studies the field, takes professional DJ courses, and plays for several gigs in the city including "LA MAMBERA Salsa Jam", the new and exciting salsa dance "experience" now being held at Dance Manhattan on the 3rd Friday of each month, and his most recent endeavor, “The Mambo Social”, a monthly dance social every 2nd Sunday of the month @ The Ball NY Studio.

Angel looks forward to sharing his dedication, passion, and expertise with all at Dance Manhattan. You can view Angel's extensive career highlights at the bottom of this page.

Angel is seen here performing with partner, Atsuko, on Japanese Salsa Television

Atsuko Murakami
Atsuko’s strengths in musicality, rhythm, and styling are a direct result of 15 yrs practicing Piano, providing her with impecable rhythm and timing, and 9 years of studying salsa movement and styling.

Born in Japan, Atsuko has been dancing salsa since July 2004. Her visit to Canada in 2003 introduced her to the Latin was here that her love of the dance was born. Upon her return to Japan, she began studying salsa, learning On1 while a member of the Salsa Locos dance team directed by Edwin and Fumiko. In 2008, intrigued by salsa On2, she began taking classes in Japan given by international guest instructor Angel Ortiz.

A quick learner, and already an experienced performer, she soon found herself traveling as assistant instructor to Angel Ortiz. Her travels brought her to the United States where she performed with Angel Ortiz at the annual Cincinnati Salsa Festival. She also visited Hawaii, New Jersey, and NYC where she continued to study On2 NY Club Style.

Atsuko recently relocated permanently to NYC to pursue the Salsa passion!

Here are just a few of Angel's extensive CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Tito Puente's 100th Album - Tour (1992)
Puerto Rico Madison Square Garden (1992-1996)
World Salsa Congress , San Juan, Puerto Rico (Featured Salsa Instructor - Five Consecutive years (1997-2001))
Japan Tour (1997, 2004, 2008)

Carlitos Way (Al Pacino)
Center Stage (Columbia Pictures, year 2000)

Serbia Salsa Congress, Sept 2007
2nd Bulgarian Salsa Weekend, 2007
Fiesta Salsacional, Brussels 2006
Salsa on the Move, NYC, August 2006
Best of the Midwest Salsa Festival, May 2006
1st Salsa Weekend, Bulgaria, March 2006
1st Croatia Salsa Congress, June 2006
Innsbruck (Austria) Salsa Congress, January 2005
Brussels Salsa Congress, May 2005
1st Croatia Salsa Festival 2005

Prague Salsa Festival 2003
Barcelona Salsa Congress, 2002
Tito Puente 100th Album 1992
World Salsa Congress 1997
Bacardi Salsa Congress 1998 "International Mambo Team"
Pontin's (Club Cubana) videos of 1999, 2000, 2001
"Caliente" T.V. Program
Tito Nieves (I Like it Like That) for the motion picture
Orquesta De La Luz (for Japan release only)
Rey Ruiz, Music Video

2003 - Latin Splash UK, on stage with "Son Boricua" featuring Jose Mangual, Jr & Jimmy Sabater
1992-1996 Madison Square Garden - annual salsa dance performances
Lincoln Center "Latin Tinge: Jazz and the Influence featuring: Wynton Marsalis, 1994
Apollo Theater: New York City Tito Puente's Tribute to Dizzy Gallespie, Machito & Mario Bauza

David Melendez Dance Company (NYC)
Razz-M-Tazz Dance Company (NYC)
Santo Rico Dance Company, 1997 (World Salsa Congress, guest)
Robin Lobe Dance Company (NYC)
Nydia Ocasio Dance Company (NYC)

Team Oslo (Norway)
Barcelona Salsa Congress 2003
NY/NJ Salsa Festival 2004
Team Brussels (established August 2004)
Tribute to Tito Puente, Bacardi Salsa Congress 2000 (35 international member dance Team)
International Mambo Team (Performance at the World Salsa Congress 1998, Puerto Rico)