Tito and Tamara, Puerto Rico
Ortos J. Gutiérrez Ortiz, better known as Tito Ortos, was born in Santurce on December 26, 1974. After finishing a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Science from the University of Puerto Rico and studying music, vocals, bass, guitar and clarinet, Tito started his career as a Salsa Dancer by his parent’s initiative, both musicians. With his father he have De Menor a Mayor Orchestra with whom he recorded as one of the singers, 3 music albums and has his dance and musical review. He also developed as a dancer in other genres such as: Jazz, Merengue, "Bomba y Plena", Rumba, Modern Dance and Tap among others. Since then, with over 25 years in the Salsa World, he has visited more than 100 cities worldwide giving performances and classes with his wife and dance partner Tamara Livolsi.
Tamara, was born in Argentina on February 24, 1978, but was raised in Puerto Rico; she inherited from her mother the art of dancing. With more than 20 years experience, trained in various dance disciplines like: jazz, ballet, hip hop and others, makes her a versatile dancer, instructor and coach. In the early years she was a member of prestigious dance companies of Ballet and Jazz like: Ballet de San Juan and Bailos, with which she won several National Jazz Dance Championships. She has worked for artists like: Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, Melina León, Manny Manuel, Ednita Nazario, Yuri, Millie Coretjer, Grupo Mania and Wilkins among others. Tamara also created and teaches her Latin Funk Style workshops.
Since the beginning of the first Congress in Puerto Rico in 1997, they have participated in congresses around the world. They also work as judges for the Salsa Open, the World Salsa Championships, the World Latin Dance Cup and the World Salsa Summit, in which they have been members of the committee to create and develop the rules of all of them. Produced the Puerto Rico Hustle and Salsa Festival, coordinated San Juan es Salsa competition, Bayamón Ciudad Salsera competition and they are part of the organization of the Puerto Rico Salsa Congress. Have participated in various television commercials, dance videos and movies such as, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights", El Cantante: Hector Lavoe, Yellow and American Gangster as dancers. Also they owned Rhythms Dance Studio, with Danny Lugo choreographer. Tito also is the Director of the San Juan City Salsa Dance Program since 1998. They has choreographed works for Concerts and Musci Awards like Latin Grammys, Latin Billboards, Premios Lo Nuestro, Premios Tu Mundo, Premios Juventud, etc. for artists such as: Gilberto Santa Rosa, Víctor Manuelle, El Gran Combo, Michael Stuart, Tito Nieves, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montañez, Charlie Aponte, Rubén Blades, Nklave, NG2, Richie Rey y Bobby Cruz, Domingo Quiñones, Ismael Miranda, Elvis Crespo, Modesto Cepeda, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Tommy Olivencia, Julio Voltio and Tego Calderón. He was also the choreographer for the "Bomba" and "Cha-Cha-Cha" routine in Ricky Martin's appearance in Miss Universe 2001 and the Celia Cruz "Azúcar" Special in Miami in 2003. In addition as a jazz dancer he has performed with Melina León, Yaire, Elvis Crespo, Olga Tañón and others.