In spring 2005 she received a Harry and Marion Eberly Faculty Development Award and in fall 2005 she was recognized by NCAAHPERD as the D.A.N.C.E. College Dance Educator of the Year.
She holds an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University.
Torres draws from life experiences, her interest in digital arts and technology, and physical impulse, to create work that is fresh, visual and physical. Her work has been described as:
“Athletic, graceful and funky...featuring lovely off-center solo work.” (Anada S. Arnold, Spoleto Today)
In addition to her independent choreography, Torres is also a sought after guest artist in studio and university settings. Torres has guest taught/choreographed for the Meredith College Theatre program, New World School of the Arts, KIDVISION, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Peace College, and Danza Iluciones in Managua, Nicaragua.
Talani’s concert work has been performed at Cornucopia of the Arts Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario-Managua, Nicaragua, Florida International University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Meredith College, Peace College, the North Carolina Dance Festival 2007-08 tour, and North Carolina Dances.
Torres danced professionally with Mia Michaels’ Miami Movement Dance Company. Her assorted commercial credits include Sabado Gigante, TV commercials and a Gloria Estefan music video.
Talani Torres was on faculty at Meredith College from 2006-2010, where she was artistic advisor of the Meredith College Jazz and Tap Company, and earned an Access Award for her commitment to students with disabilities.