Angel Rodriguez (Mr. RazzMTazz)

Angel Rodriguez is the Millennium's first winner of Salsaweb's Lifetime Achievement Award for dance.

Puerto Rican, born in New York, Angel is the founder of the Nuyorican style of salsa, which he calls "Razzmtazz." In 1987, he started the RazzMTazz Dance company, and has been busy ever since performing and teaching his trademark moves in New York and around the globe.

PERFORMING: Angel's first great performance was as a Latin Symbolic for Machito back in the 80s. From Rome to Amsterdam to New York's Madison Square Garden, he has danced on the world's most hallowed stages with artists such as Mark Anthony, Tito Rojas, and Tito Puente.



TEACHING: A lifelong dancer and Harvest Moon Ball Champion, Angel has trained thousands of students and many of today's top salseros. He has toured all through Europe as a master instructor and performer, and continues to run his world-famous Mambo/Salsa workshops in the New York Tri-state Area. A graduate of Boricua college, he has started dance programs at numerous colleges and universities, including New York University, Saint John's University, and at La Guardia. He is currently finishing his first book- Salsa U.S.A.



CHOREOGRAPHY: As the head choreographer of Razzmtazz dance company, Angel has composed arrangements and provided training for the Barcardi dancers, the Coors dancers, the Puerto Rican Day Parade and hundreds of Latin music videos.

VIDEO, FILM, AND TV APPEARANCES: The popular RazzMTazz instructional videos, a series called "The Encyclopedia of Latin Dance," have made Angel a familiar face internationally. He is also recognized for appearances in such films as "Carlito's Way" with Al Pacino and "The Cowboy Way" with Kiefer Sutherland and Woody Harrelson, which featured his Razzmtazz team as the principle dancers. On the small screen, his credits include guest spots on PBS' "Gotta Dance" and "Sesame Street," alongside Gloria Estefan on "The View," and with Ricky Martin on "Good Morning America."