Julana Torres

JULANA TORRES is an accomplished performer and choreographer in the Portland area, Julana has been dancing since her mother’s womb. Daughter to a Broadway performer and world-renown percussionist father, she had no choice but to succumb to the world of music and dance. At fifteen, Julana received a full scholarship to study with Alvin Ailey School of Dance, and has also had the honor of training with legends Joanna Kneeland, Terry Brock, Julane Stites and Barbara Remington. Graduate of the Jefferson Dance Program, she moved on to study and perform with Eveoke Dance Theatre of San Diego, Salsa Con Clave in Puerto Rico, Alvin Ailey, and Broadway Dance Center in New York. Musical theatre appearances include Fame (Carmen), West Side Story (Carmelita), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily 2), and South Pacific (Ensemble). She was co-director for Ache Comparsa Group, Orishas Traditional Dance Troupe, and has also choreographed and appeared in shows for Disney, New York New York Hotel, Nike, Will Vinton Claymation, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, American Diabetes Association, DanceWest, Urban Arts Dance Company and more. Currently, Julana is the Director of Dance for Franklin High School and choreographer for Grant High Theatre. She can also be seen performing as the lead singer for popular Latin jazz orchestra, The Bobby Torres Ensemble. This will be her first production with Artists Repertory Theatre.