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Tito Ortos Tito Ortos
Puerto Rican born, Tito Ortos began his career as a salsa dancer because of his parent’s initiative, who took him to his first dance teacher, the outstanding dancer, Papito Jala Jala who taught him the foundations of salsa and his trademark, the art of dancing with flavour.

09/10/2019 10PM | GUEST | The Latin Explosion


Puerto Rican born, Tito Ortos began his career as a salsa dancer because of his parent’s initiative, who took him to his first dance teacher, the outstanding dancer, Papito Jala Jala who taught him the foundations of salsa and his trademark, the art of dancing with flavour.


Soon enough Tito was invited to be a member of famous salsa dance group, the Jala Jala Dancers. He also had the honour of being able to take lessons with another spectacular salsa dancer Mr. Tito Bey. During his years as a Jala Jala Dancer, he participated in many local and international events as well as in shows with performers such as Roberto Roena, Cheo Feliciano and La Sonora Ponceña among others.


At that same time, Tito was one of the singers in his father’s orchestra "De Menor a Mayor" which later became "Songo". In the near future he began to work with choreographer and dancer Stacey López with whom he got to dance for Jerry Rivera and several more artists of RMM Music Company.
Tito completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico. Here he also took modern dance classes and worked with choreographer Viveca Vázquez and Paulette Beauchamp. Because of his open mind and his desire to become a more completed dancer, Tito challenged himself and took upon the experience of moving for several months to the city of New York. His friend and colleague, Jhesus Aponte, inspired him greatly in taking this step.


During his stay at New York, he trained very hard in jazz and other disciplines such as ballet, tap and acrobatics at the respectful academy, Broadway Dance Center. Since then, he has visited over 75 cities worldwide giving performances and classes, with his wife and dance partner Tamara Livolsi. Then both participate yearly in congress around the world and work as judges to the Salsa Open and for the World Salsa Championship. Produce the Puerto Rico Hustle and Salsa Festival and they are part of the organization of the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress.


In addition to his dancing career, Tito works with the government of Puerto Rico as the director of the Salsa Dance Program, "San Juan es Salsa", of the Department of Recreation and Sport of San Juan. This Program has over 1,000 students and still growing every year. He also is in charge of the dance competition "San Juan es Salsa". Tito also has acting experience for he has done over 10 TV commercials and was one of the dancers in the films "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights", Yellow, El Cantante: Hector Lavoe y American Gangster.


Nowadays not only has he established himself as a dancer but also as choreographer. He does all the choreographic work for Gilberto Santa Rosa and Víctor Manuelle and has choreographed for El Gran Combo, Michael Stuart, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Domingo Quiñones, Ismael Miranda, Elvis Crespo, Modesto Cepeda, Andy Montañez and Tego Calderón.


In addition to all this, he also choreographed the "Bomba" and "Cha-Cha-Cha" intervention of Ricky Martin in the presentation of "Miss Universe 2001 Pegeant" and the 2003 tribute to Celia Cruz, the TV Special "Azúcar" which was held in Miami. Even though he is best known for salsa dancing, Tito is also an outstanding jazz dancer and has performed with Melina León, Yaire, Elvis Crespo, Olga Tañón and among others.

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