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William Torres: Trepak (Russian Dance)

Broadway Sings for Pride

William Torres is a dancer from Ocala, Florida. As a student of West Port High School, he was a part of Marion County Center for the Arts. West Port High School is the home of Marion County Center for the Arts, the visual/performing arts magnet program in Marion County; the Biomedical Science magnet program; the Global Logistics program; and the Early College Program.

It is the mission of West Port High School to cultivate success in a safe environment and positive school culture, which is strengthened by rigorous academics, student and teacher relationships, and support via family and community involvement.

Torres is also a member of Dance By Sheila, founded by Sheila Ruotolo. She has been with the Marion County School board since 2003. She is also the Founder and Director of the Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts dance department. Her students study a diverse spectrum including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern.

Torres is the nephew of retired police officer James Stewart, who is the Executive Director at Long Island Gay Lesbian Film Festival. Stewart was an accredited instructor in the police department and the recipient of several awards, including the department's second highest honor: The Medal of Distinguished Service.

On June 26, 2017, Broadway Sings for Pride premiered its 7th anniversary benefit concert "Unstoppable" in New York City, at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. This milestone event was filled with singing (from pop to Broadway), stories, special celebrity guests, and more. Proceeds of the event were donated to Tyler Clementi Foundation and Orlando's Contigo Fund. Broadway Sings for Pride is a multiple award-winning, non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists, and celebrities, to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, and support these young people.

The event featured a dance performance by Torres, as his first performance in New York City. Taken from "The Nutcracker", Torres danced to the song "Trepak (Russian Dance)" during the benefit concert, where Shefik served as Videographer, as well as a featured Speaker.

"The Nutcracker" is an 1892 two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's 1816 short story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King".

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad "The Voyevoda".

"Trepak" refers to one of the most distinguished and celebrated dances in "The Nutcracker".


  • Videographer: Shefik

Last Updated: May 8, 2023

About Shefik

Celebrating over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Shefik has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, and MTV World. He currently serves as a Technical Lead at NBCUniversal. His work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation", which is broadcast on over 20 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally distributed video series of the same name via Prime Video and other notable outlets.

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