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Finding Salvation in Salsa; Albert Torres has been moved by the rhythms of the music since childhood. After hitting bottom as an adult, he has rebuilt his life with dance.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Latin music; Dance; Personal profiles
Author: Mitchell, John L
Date: Nov 22, 1998
Start Page: 1
Section: Metro; PART- B; Metro Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Albert Torres' journey into what would become the salsa dance craze began three decades ago inside his cramped bedroom in a brownstone apartment in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

"My parents could be arguing outside, but it wouldn't bother me," recalled Torres, now 42. "As long as the door to my room was locked and the music was on, I could be in my own world."

Torres seems to be everywhere, putting together concerts; managing bands; choreographing dances; throwing back his head on a crowded dance floor in the 1992 movie "Mambo Kings"; stepping out to do a number at the Oscars the next year; flying in hot bands from Cuba to the dismay of (Armando) Castro-hating exiles; twirling Vanessa Williams in "Dance With Me"; dancing in a Coors Light commercial; kicking off the annual summer Dia de San Juan Festival at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre; shelling out cash to help sponsor L.A. Salsa Kids in competitions in Puerto Rico.

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