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TODD BIOGRAPHY

MY STORY

I fell into Salsa approximately two years ago. I was meeting a girl for a first date at the salsa club LQ for lessons, and it turned into what was probably the worst date of my life. Things were bad before the night even got started. My date had misinformed me about the strict dress code, and the bouncer would not let me in when he saw my casual attire. I ended up having to spend $70 on new a new shirt and shoes at a nearby store.

There was a full-on salsa party going on when I was finally allowed into the club. I had never taken a single salsa class before and was quite overwhelmed. Before long, the more experienced dancers began approaching my date and asking her to dance. The rest of my night was spent watching other men twirl my date like a top.

Needless to say, I felt like a chump after that disastrous night, so I decided to start taking salsa classes. The date eventually became my girlfriend and we took the lessons together. However, we had to stop because it caused too much strife in our relationship. Our inability to dance together was an early warning sign that things weren't going to work out between us. I've come to realize--and firmly believe--that a relationship is analogous to a dance. The way you interact with someone on the dance floor can also reflect the way you interact off the floor.

I started taking classes again after that relationship ended, and I've been dancing ever since. I learned to salsa from the legendary Eddie Torres, who is accredited with inventing and popularizing dancing salsa On2. Some even refer to dancing Salsa On2 as "Eddie Torres On2". This is the elite style of New York City and the most common form of salsa you will see in the city's top salsa clubs.

I was able to pick up salsa quickly due to my extensive background in hip-hop. I have met many salsa students who are also interested in learning hip-hop, and I always tell them that what they learn in salsa translates into hip-hop and vice versa. The two styles share many similarities, with biggest one being the emphasis on style and attitude of the dancer. This has a lot to do with the grassroots origins of both styles and beat-based music that drive the dancing.

HIP-HOP BACKGROUND


I danced, taught and choreographed hip-hop for six years prior to learning salsa. At 16, I taught myself how to break dance. I went on to perform for various hip-hop crews throughout college, including R.E.S.E.T Crew, with whom I won the TASA dance competition three years in a row for best hip-hop performance. This is also the same crew that Bryan East of the Boogie Bots crew danced on. You may know them as one of the finalists from MTV's acclaimed dance competition "America's Best Dance Crew."

My other accomplishments include founding a hip-hop team, teaching hip-hop classes and being the guest choreographer for many different local hip-hop teams.

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