Robert Excell Tate has trained with Gloria Farr, Joel Hall, Gus Giordano, Eddie and Maria Torres, Maria Torres, Billy Fajardo, Katie Marlo Frankie Martinez, Josie Neglia, Felipe Pollano, Jesus Ponte, and Seon Bristol. He has trained, studied, and performed for Latin Street Dancing, Chicago Dance Ballroom, Clifford Fears Dance Theatre, Detroit City Dance Co., Unique Dance Theatre, and at Marygrove College School for Performing Arts. Theatre experience includes portraying God in God Trombone, performing in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, and The Wiz. Television and commercials include Toys “R” Us, Burger King, McDonald’s, You Got to Have Art, The Scene Dance Show, and PM Magazine. Video credits include R. Kelly’s You Saved Me and White Fresh Chewing Gum.
Mr. Tate has performed with professional artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Oscar De Leon, Tito Nieves, Michael Stuart, and Guillermo Saldana. Mr. Tate has performed and travelled to Puerto Rico, Quebec and Montreal, Canada, New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Florida.
Currently, Mr. Tate is the CEO and Artistic Director of Los Caballeros de la Salsa, The Gentlemen of Salsa: Chicago’s Hottest Multicultural Contemporary Latin Dance Act. His company has gained international recognition for originality and choreography, and offers diverse dance forms such as Jazz, Ballet, Swing, Hustle, Stepping, Ballroom, and a full command of Latin dances including Mambo, Salsa, Cha cha cha, Merengue, Rumba, Bachata, and Cumbia. Mr. Tate’s true passion is with teaching workshops, boot camps, and master classes at the amateur through professional levels to children, teens, and adults.
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