Band-Rock This Town Orchestra
Rock This Town Orchestra
BALLROOM DJs Michelle & Bob Friedman
have been part of the ballroom dance word for the past 15 years. As avid dancers they started with Ballroom Dance Lessons, and for the past 7 years as professional DJs – specializing in Ballroom Music. In 2001 they even won Top Couple in a Good Morning America 25 hour dance marathon. They have a comprehensive music library of over 20,000 tracks spanning the decades, which includes all types of Ballroom, Latin, Hustle, West Coast Swing & Argentine Tango. They are northeast coast DJ favorites spanning NY, CT, NJ, PA, & DE areas, and are regulars at the world famous Stardust Dance Weekends. They are equally at home playing their music for Ballroom Socials, Showcases, Competitions, and professional performances for some of the world’s most famous ballroom couples. While preferences in music certainly vary from person to person, what they use as their criteria when choosing music to play is really very simple - does it make dancers feel like they just have to get up and move, or doesn’t it? They get great satisfaction when they watch dancers who were heading for their seats at the end of a song turn around and pull each other back out to the dance floor time and again as a new piece begins.
ARGENTINE TANGO DJ Carlos Rodo Quiroga
is a seasoned broadcaster-journalist born in La Plata, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His interest and experience, led him to become the creator of ReporTango, one of the premier tango magazines in the world, now relaunched as a 24 Hour Online Radio Station. Carlos has been involved with the tango genre since the early 90‘s, when he served as Master of Ceremonies for “La Galería del Tango Argentino” (a famous tango house owned by tango legends Carlos Gavito and Eduardo Arquimbeau). And from 1999 on, he has DJed for milongas and tango festivals in several countries around the globe. New York City, Boston and Miami (United States), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Tangier (Morocco) and Moscow (Russia) have all enjoyed and danced to his music selections.
DJ Louis Del Prete (HUSTLE/SWING/CALIFORNIA MIX)
is a talented musician and dancer. He is accomplished on drums, keyboards, and trumpet, and is a fantastic singer. Louis is also an excellent ballroom dance teacher and DJ. Louis’s skills started at the age of 13, when he joined his talented mother and father, Rosann and Louis (also known as the “Perry Lane Orchestra”) at the former Island Squire Restaurant in Middle Island, where they performed for many years! His mom, Rosann, was a member of a popular all-girl band in the 60’s called the “Female Beatles”. His dad toured the United States with various bands as a trumpet player with a sound like Harry James. Louis recently joined the Stardust team as their new DJ where his musical and Latin dance background talent will contribute to making the Latin room one of our most popular venues. Stop in and say hi to Louis. When Louis is not playing music, he is dancing. He is accomplished in Ballroom and Latin dancing, having an excellent lead, precise technique and smooth style. He taught dance on popular cruise lines. Now he teaches group and private lessons and runs many dance venues on Long Island.
John El Gringo (Latin DJ)
Resident DJ @ Winner's Circle Night Club (aka ClubWC) in Westbury NY and also DJ for Big Hits Entertainment. John spins all types of Latin and American Music. Latin Music is one of my specialties, that's where the name "El Gringo Latino" comes in...meaning I’m a White Boy playing Latin Music. :) Some girls at the club started calling me "Gringo DJ" saying “hey what's up it's the Gringo Dj” every time they came to the club so it kind of stuck and I went with it. At the Winner's Circle I spin everything from Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Punta, Vallenato, Rock En Espanol, Latin House y mas...I have fun and enjoy it all....and no I don't speak Spanish but one thing I do know how to say....Yo Soy Dj EL Gringo Latino... I No Speaki Spanish...Pero Yo Sabe La Musica Latina! One of my favorite types of Latin Music is Salsa, typically the Classic's like from the Fania era, the Big Band Mambo, Guaguanco, Guaracha and I enjoy finding rare tracks that not many people know of. I also am very into keeping up with what new Salsa is being released and I have a very successful Internet Radio station called "Salsa Picante Radio!"
Donna DeSimone (Entertainment Director)
has made dance her life long career since the age of 4. Her training, teaching and knowledge of tap, ballet, jazz, Broadway theater and ballroom has made her a diverse teacher and dancer to her students & classes. Donna has won countless dance and choreography awards in Ballroom and Hustle and resides on Long Island NY. Donna has been the Entertainment director for Stardust since 1993.
Wingo Hom - known as "The Dance Doctor" was born and raised in New York City. At age 11, he was introduced to partner dancing by his classmate’s parents. They were social dancers and demonstrated a variety of dances in their living room, which awakened his passion for all dances. His determination and motivation has rewarded him by studying under some of the finest instructors and coaches, which has lead him to compete in an array of dances such as, Hustle, American and International styles of Ballroom, Latin, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing and Salsa. He is known for his unique technique for diagnosing and improving your dance. The dance doctor makes house calls, you supply the floor space and he will bring the knowledge. Wingo has over 50+ years of dance experience and multiple accomplishments, which include: Recipient of the 2015 Artie Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award, Recipient of the 2014 Employee of the Year Award for Stardust Dance Productions, Winner of 10 Top Teacher Awards, Winner of the 2009 Dancing with the Stars Tour Version in Cha Cha and East Coast Swing competition in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, 2006 Amateur Male Hustle Dancer of the Year, First and only amateur hustle couple, with partner Angela McCabe, to defeat a professional Hustle couple in a competition, 649 first place titles, 34 Jack and Jill first place awards. Wingo is one of the very few instructors that is certified (lead and follow) in Hustle, 12 different American Smooth, Latin and Rhythm Styles at full Bronze and Silver Levels. He is also certified to Judge Dance competitions in all levels. Wingo is a familiar presence in the Hustle, West Coast Swing and Salsa community and is currently teaching in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Owner and Executive Director of May I Have This Dance, one of the most popular social dance studios in the nation, Nino has created a unique curriculum and trained thousands of dance students and professionals. An expert in all ballroom and latin dances, he has won numerous top teacher awards and competitions in West Coast Swing and Hustle. He has been a featured instructor, coach, judge, and competitor at national events like Swing Dance America, World Hustle Championships, International Hustle & Salsa Championships, Swing City Chicago, Carolina Groove, NY Hustle Congress, and the Chicago Salsa Congress.
has been dancing from a very young age and began teaching & competing professionally in 1996. Her dance background extends from Ballroom & Latin Dancing, Folk, Belly Dance, West Coast Swing & Argentine Tango. Her 13 Ballroom Dance Major along with her interdisciplinary teaching experience and studies in music, martial arts, & speech pathology contribute to the versatility of her dancing and teaching style. Currently she is Program Director and Lead Instructor of the Dance Program at Innerlight Movement Studio in Hyde Park, NY.
Simone Pietro Onnis
is a Ballroom dancer, performer, trainer and coach specialized in Latin American Rhythms International Style with over 30 years of experience. Personally trained by Walter Laird the late creator of the International DanceSport Style. Simone was awarded by the ANMB (National Association of Dancing Teachers) with a Professional Diploma for the outstanding achievement in dance, which qualifies him to teach and judge in both Latin American and Standard techniques. Among many of the International achievements the most important are: Italian Champion, Swiss Champion, 3rd at Europe Cup and semifinalist in both European and World Championships.
A Master Instructor with the prestigious Chicago-based dance studio, May I Have This Dance, Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Dance at the University of Wisconsin. She is an award-winning choreographer and talented social dancer. Student's love Amanda's ability to put everyone at ease and make learning even complicated steps easy and fun.
David Salvatierra & Maia Martinez
David Salvatierra is co-founder and director/teacher of Dojo Dance Company. His range of dances include Argentine Tango and Latin Rhythms. David has been involved in the tango community as a teacher and performer for the last 7 years, extending his workshops and performances outside NY. His teaching methods have been improved for over a decade and reinforced with his teaching and training skills in martial arts, as a black belt in Karate. David has performed with several important orchestras, represented Argentina in international events, and participated as guest teachers in Argentine Tango Festivals and dance weekends. Maia Martinez is founder, director, teacher and dancer of Dojo Dance Company & Hudson Valley Tango. Her dance background includes ballet, Argentine Tango, Latin Rhythms, Modern Jazz, Folk, Flamenco & belly dance. She is a DXF coach (Dance Cross Fitness), Groove Facilitator & Spanish Dances Certified instructor. She has performed in many important tango Festivals and Milongas as well as represented Argentina in International events. Maia’s also a Self-defense instructor and holds a 2nd degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate. Maia has become a Teaching Artist for Ballroom Basix in 2015 and has participated in 3 residencies in Hudson Valley, New York.
A Senior Instructor with the prestigious May I Have This Dance studio based out of Chicago, Nicole is known for making even the most difficult steps easy. Students adore her and flock to her social ballroom dance classes. She also has a degree in dance and has directed her own Modern dance company for over a decade.
Belly Dance Instructor - In 2009, Marion joined our fitness staff and teaches Belly Dance classes at the weekends. Marion is trained in several styles of dance, including jazz, modern, Afro-Brazilian, African, Middle Eastern and Ballroom. She is proficient in American style ballroom and Latin and has also studied International Standard. She competed around the country at the pro-am level in American style ballroom and Latin for many years. She was a professional Middle Eastern dancer and has been teaching Belly Dance for more than 15 years.
originally from Upstate, New York. She has a diverse background in the arts, including a BA in Dance from the University at Buffalo, over 15 years of performance and choreography in concert dance and 6 years as a Dance Educator in the Brooklyn Public Schools. Molly is a former professional cheerleader for the AFL, and spent 6 years in NYC as a Co-Artistic Director for The Movement Collective Dance Company. As a newer resident of Sullivan County, Molly found Zumba® to be the most exciting way to fuse her passion for dance. music and fitness. Molly enjoys inspiring her clients and encouraging her classes to feel the music, join the party and have a fun fitness experience upon stepping into the studio.
Dance Host Director
Dance Host Director has come to us from the Information Technology world. Having graduated with is B.B.A in computers and his M.B.A in management he has worked in multiple hospital I.T. departments throughout the years acquiring numerous certifications along the way. Having made his first splashes into the dance world in 2015, he quickly acquired a passion for many dance styles and continued his residency under Wingo "The Dance Doctor". Mario has competed and placed at Disco America and was part of Donna DeSimone's Swustle team that took first place in New York's 2017 Hustle Congress team division. His lighthearted approach to social dancing is noticed by his followers when occasionally things don't go as planned and he's heard saying "No ambulance....No problem"
Orlando Reyes & Adriana Salgado
ADRIANA SALGADO AND ORLANDO REYES
ATUSA Official 2019 Stage Tango Champions, 2nd place Tango Salon, Preliminary USA Adriana Salgado and Orlando Reyes have been professional dancers and teachers of Argentine Tango for over twenty years. With background in classical ballet, they went to study Tango in Buenos Aires under auspices of renowned tango masters. International performances include United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Aruba, Argentina Canada, Indonesia and their native Colombia. They are based in New York since 2007 where they have taught and performed at many tango venues nationwide. In New York City, their performances include: NY Tango Festival in 2007, "Tango Intimo", in 2008,"Tango Connection" and "Tango Noir" in 2008 and 2009 and "Tango por Ellos", in 2009, which received the nomination in the Latin ACE Award 2010 for Best choreography.They have been also guest teachers and performers at “Dancing at Sea”, a dance cruise company for Holland America, Norwegian and Royal Princess 2012-2013. Other stage performances were at Tango Malbec House in New York City 2012-2014. Their smooth, romantic, elegant style and solid connection make their Tango Salon and Stage performances outstanding. Their teaching focuses on the subtleties of the connection, posture and overall technique fundamentals. Their passion, love and constant dedication for Argentine Tango is palpable and has won them recognition with awards at home where they have been acclaimed as one of the best representative couples of Colombia. In 2018, they placed second on the Tango Competition “Pelando Variacion” held in New York City and more recently they became official ATUSA 2019 Tango Champions in Stage category, 2nd place in Tango de Pista, and will be representing the USA at the Tango Worldwide Champion in Argentina.
Christian Baerens & Sophie Cazeneuve
Christian Bärens is an award winning competitor, performer and choreographer hailing from Germany. Having garnered many titles in the youth and adult amateur categories in his native country as well as throughout Europe, he decided to expand his knowledge and training by coming to the dance capital of the world, New York City. In 2005, he won the U.S. National Rising Star Latin Professional Championship, as well as the 2005 Mexican Open Professional Latin Championship, and was the winner of the 2006 Florida Superstars Open Professional Latin Championship. Because of his achievements, Christian had the honor to represent the U.S. in major dance competitions worldwide. Christian's reputation extends beyond the competitive dance floor. He has twice joined the cast of the national tour of Dancing With the Stars, and he also recently appeared in the Off-Broadway show The Tango Interlude. His choreographic credits include the Off-Broadway show Burma and the Café Latino shows, which he also produced. On television, Christian danced on Sabado Gigante, and was a featured dancer on the prestigious telecast of the 2008 Academy Awards. Most recently, Christian appeared as a featured professional dancer on Let's Dance, the German version of Dancing With the Stars, helping Dutch television host Sylvie van der Vaart reach the finals. In addition to his training in Jazz, Latin and Show Dance, Christian studied fashion design at the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and is well known for his innovative clothing designs. Many competitors have worn his creations at prestigious events around the world. Christian has been with Stepping Out Studios for 10 years, where students are treated to his broad range of talents and knowledge. Stepping Out Studios is extremely proud to have him on staff as a resident coach.
Sophie Cazeneuve, a native of France, is a professional dancer that specializes in Latin, west coast swing and salsa.Sophie started dancing at the age of 6 with gymnastics and modern jazz. When she was 13, she began studying ballroom, Latin, salsa and especially acrobatic rock'n roll (swing). She quickly began performing and assisting her instructors in class.She competed successfully in France and Europe in International Latin and Standard ballroom. Sophie concurrently studied business at ESC Rennes business school and earned her Masters degree in 2010.In France, Sophie then discovered West Coast Swing, which she became madly passionate about. She won the French Open West Coast Swing Showcase in 2010 . Afterwards, she decided to move to the United States of America to further pursue her passion of dancing. She is now teaching Latin dances, west coast swing, salsa and wedding dances in New York.Sophie is currently competing in salsa on 2 (8th place at the world salsa cup in Las Vegas, 2011), in west coast swing, and in International Latin.
Marko Micic & Anna Belyavtseva
Anna Belyavtseva Professional Ballroom Dancer and Competitor. Originally from Moscow, Anna has a strong international background having danced with the strongest couples in Europe as an amateur and then later as professional in World Dance Council Division.
Anna was finalist of many international competitions in Russia and Europe; Bronze Champion of the Republic of Azerbaijan and semi-finalist of the prestigious Autumn Cup in Russia in International Latin Professional Division. In 2015 Anna was participating in the famous TV-Program Dancing with the Stars in Russia. In 2015 Anna has moved to USA and was competing in Professional Ten-Dance and Showcase division. She is Eastern American Champion, United States Finalist and World semi-finalist. At the moment she is enjoying competing and performing shows with her husband Marko Micic. Together they represent USA in Professional WDC division in American Rhythm and Smooth. Anna is also teaching and dancing competitively with her students at Fred Astaire Dance studio in Norwalk, CT. Anna speaks four languages (English, Spanish, German and Russian). Before moving to US she both worked and lived in Germany and Switzerland and has traveled around the world extensively.
Jose Maldonado & Loretta Chianese
Jose L. Maldonado a Latin dancer, choreographer, instructor, and competitor. He teaches many forms of Latin dance at La Luna Dance Studio in Bristol, PA, Art In Motion Dance Studio in Turnersville, NJ, and Top Hat Dance Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Jose and Loretta’s recent accomplishments include:
- 1st Place Champion in the Professional Latin Hustle Showcase Division, 2019 World Salsa Summit
- 1st Place Champion in the Professional Latin Hustle Showcase Division, 2018 International Hustle and Salsa Competition
- 1st Place Champion in the Professional Bachata Showcase Division, 2018 International Hustle and Salsa Competition
- 1st Place Champion in the Professional Just Latin Hustle Division, 2018 World Salsa Summit
- 1st Place Champion in the Professional Salsa On1 Showcase Division, 2018 World Salsa Summit
- Vice Champions in the Professional Just Latin Hustle Division, 2019 World Salsa Summit
Jose began his dancing career early at the age of 4 in Puerto Rico, where he began studying the traditional Latin American Folk dance called Bomba y Plena. His talent and early appreciation for dance led to a unique opportunity to study in a selective high school program for Creative and Performing Arts. Here, he began learning Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Folk, Hip Hop, and Theater. At 14, Jose was invited to join the Betty Vega Dancers to perform Salsa at several East Coast locales including Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City; he was soon promoted to lead male dancer and choreographer. In 2002 while attending Temple University, Jose briefly pursued another passion of his when he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals Minor League Baseball system. Returning to his dance career, Jose joined Luna Negra Dance Company and began performing at international congresses and privately studied with Jayson Molina, Liz Lira, and the Italian sensation Tropical Gem. Currently Jose teaches group and private lessons at La Luna Dance Studio, Top Hat Dance Studio, and Art In Motion. He has formed and directs Los Rumberitos Dance Company.
Loretta E. Chianese a competitive Latin dancer, choreographer, and instructor. She currently teaches at La Luna Dance Studio in Bristol, PA. Loretta has 30 years of dance experience, including extensive training in ballet and jazz with world class instructors from Hamilton Ballet Theatre (HBT), American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Briansky Saratoga Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. She is currently training under Billy Fajardo, World Hustle, Swing, Cabaret, Salsa, and Merengue champion. Loretta has trained privately with world renowned directors of Baila Society in New York City, Daniel Enskat and Ahtoy Won Pat Borja. Performing dance has been second nature to her since she was a child. She burst into the Philadelphia salsa scene with magnetic stage presence and precise technique in 2009. Her career in salsa has expanded from the East Coast to the West Coast, outside of the States to Canada where her and her partner Jose became 1st place Champions in Salsa and Bachata in Niagara Falls. Teaching ballet, jazz, lyrical, stretch, Salsa, ladies styling, Hustle, and all forms of Latin dance at Ballet Technique and La Luna Dance Studio is part of her career. Her Latin repertoire includes LA Style Salsa On1, New York style Mambo On2, Cha Cha, Bachata, Merengue, and Latin Hustle.