Israel Martinez, Taino Dance Theater
 


Israel Martinez
 


Israel Martinez and Sofia Vergara
Israel Martinez and Sofia Vergara


Israel Martinez and Jose Alberto "El Canario"
Israel Martinez and Jose Alberto "El Canario"


Israel Martinez, Michael Urban and Jurnior Gonzalez
Israel Martinez, Michael Urban and Jurnior Gonzalez


Israel Martinez and Veronica
Israel Martinez
and Veronica


Israel Martinez
 


Israel and dad


Who we are

Israel Martinez – His Puerto Rican roots and Latin influence in music and art have been the basis for Israel Martinez´s work. Born in the South Bronx, where Puerto Rican culture is prevalent Israel was brought up surrounded by the sounds, smells and vibrancy of Latin heritage. Music, art and cultural pride were first instilled in him by his family.

Israel´s father, Israel "Chamaco" Martinez, lead singer for the Salsa band, Batiz y su Orquesta Tropicana, would often invite his young son to dance on stage during the bands sets, This sparked his appetite for performing and his love of Latin rhythms. Holidays were always a time of gathering for impromptu jam sessions where Israel learned to play percussion instruments which are the basis of Latin music.

Israel Camacho Martinez and Alberto MartinezThe New York club scene had a big impact on Israel–s technique as well. Coming up from the Bronx, at a time where street dancing was creating unconventional trends, Israel associated himself with dance pioneers such as NYC Breakers, Roc Steady Crew and Hollywood Dancers, and developed his skills in Up–rock, Pop´n Lock, Freestyle and Loft. By the time he was 17, he began appearing in staged productions and music videos for well known artists. At the age of 19, Israel began to perfect his talents further. He studied jazz and ballroom with Broadway veteran Maria Torres. Soon after, at age 2 1, Israel sought to rediscover his Latin roots. Influenced by Mambo King, Freddy Rios, he once again absorbed himself in studying the "clave" and Palladium–style Salsa.

As a result of such diverse training, Israel broke onto the choreography and production scene with an eclectic style of wide–range appeal. His talents have been sought after for television, theater, video. He´s choreographed for many television shows including a two-year run on a ground–breaking Latin music variety show. Israel has written and produced many theatrical works with his dance company. Currently, he has as full–length production in the making which he plans to open locally and then take to Broadway. The show is a sheer celebration of dance, and incorporates Israel´s multi–faceted background of Salsa, Latin jazz, Argentine Tango, Hip–Hop and House. Israel´s cumulation of works as made him an artist who has broken the lines of dance and transcended cultural boundaries in order to integrate his Latin heritage into modem day performing art.

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