Stardust Future Events
Ballroom Dance Events
Ballroom Dance Weekend
April 7-9, 2017
Ballroom Dance cruise 2018
January 13-23, 2018
Ballroom Dance Cruise
March 1-11, 2018
Info to follow
A Stardust Dance Event
A Stardust dance program combines the luxury of a top resort, the excitement of opening night, the glamor of an evening on the town and the romance of a classic movie in which you are the star! It is a meticulously planned production that offers continuous dance music, classes, exhibitions, contests and professional dance entertainment - in essence, a dance extravaganza that gets rave reviews from amateur and professional dancers alike.
Once a date has been chosen, a staff of experts is consulted and the foremost musicians, specialty vendors, entertainers and instructors are engaged. Recognizing the unique needs of the beginner, intermediate and advanced dancer, an intricate schedule of over 50 workshops is set. (Private instruction is also available.) After over 23 successful years of promoting ballroom dance weekends, Stardust strives to top each event. We've added more vendors, more dance hosts, more dance showcases. Dancing is available in four separate rooms dedicated to Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Latin, and Hustle/West Coast Swing, and the best is yet to come!
From start to end the music plays - the melodic strains of ballroom fill one room, a Latin beat reverberates in another - virtually around the clock thanks to four DJ's and our great band. Even lunch and dinner become dance venues with wood floors in the dining room. Each magical day an ordinary place becomes extraordinary - every gentleman is Fred Astaire, every lady Ginger Rogers and everyone looks forward to yet another stellar dance experience where you really "could have danced all night" and probably will.
Len Moss (Founder) Although admittedly not a dancer himself, he nevertheless admires and appreciates the art of dancing. As a former executive with some of the finest resorts in the East Coast, he observed that hotels often fail to provide dance groups with the facilities, music and services they require. Recognizing the growing popularity of social dancing, Mr. Moss determined that this market should be afforded the utmost attention and professionalism. In 1988, he took the plunge and founded Stardust Dance Productions, Ltd. Today, it is the largest dance organization of its kind hosting ballroom dance programs at top resorts throughout the U.S. and luxury cruise ships around the world.
Linda Gilberg (CEO) coordinates all aspects of each Stardust Event, including reservations, dining room seating, and programming. Linda has been in the hospitality business for over 40 years. Her background includes Reservations Manager at Kutsher’s Country Club, Sales Manager at Tavern On The Green, one of Manhattan’s most spectacular catering facility and restaurant, and Purchasing Agent at Terrace On The Park, one of the city's most elaborate catering halls. Linda’s passion has always been to be a dancer, but many tries at it in NYC didn’t pan out, so she is now throwing herself into making your vacation dance event a memorable one.
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.
Ballroom DJs Michelle & Bob Friedman of MB Music Music Services have been part of the ballroom dance world for the past 20 years. As avid dancers they started with lessons and competing, and have been professional DJs specializing in Ballroom Music for over 10 years. They have an exceptional music library comprising over 20,000 tracks, including selections that span the latest releases of traditional ballroom titles as well as popular contemporary pieces modified by them to be suitable for dancing. They are northeast coast DJ favorites spanning the NY, NJ, PA, CT & DE areas, and are equally at home playing at Ballroom Socials, Showcases, Competitions, and Professional Theatrical Shows. Their mix includes all of the traditional Ballroom and Latin dances, as well as a sprinkling of Hustle, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Night Club 2-Step, Country 2-Step, and Argentine Tango While preferences in music certainly vary from person to person, their criteria when choosing music to play is very simple - does it make dancers feel like they have to get up and move or doesn’t it? They get great satisfaction from watching dancers originally heading for their seats at the end of a song turn around and pull each other back out to the dance floor as a new piece begins…www.mbmusicservices.com
Argentine DJ Ilene Marder - "La Rubia Del Norte", is one of New York City's most popular and respected DJ’s and one of the few non-Argentine's to be invited to play at the tango salons of Buenos Aires. Known for her "good taste" in selecting the best music for dancing and for her ability to energize and read a crowd, she keeps dancers happily on the floor all night long. Ilene is a "traditional" musicalizadora (tango DJ) using cortinas, tandas and the most beautiful classic tango ever recorded. She is also adept at offering some lovely danceable surprises from the modern tango world. A musician since the age of seven, Ilene has developed a Meet the Music© program to better acquaint dancers with the key orchestras of the Golden Age of Tango. Besides DJing at NYC's top milongas -- La Nacional, Milonga Rosa, the All Night Milonga, and The Tango Factory among others -- she has DJ'd at milongas and festivals in Boston, Miami, Toronto, Chicago and Philadelphia, throughout New York's Hudson Valley, and in Buenos Aires at the famous Salon Canning, Porteño y Bailerin, and at the Estilo Parque Patricios Tango Festival. Ilene also hosts and DJ's La Rubia's Dance Parties featuring Argentine Tango, Latin, Swing, R&B and World Pop dance music. Ilene is founder/director of the 8 year old dance community Woodstock Tango (“Best Place to learn Argentine Tango in the Hudson Valley" -Hudson Valley Magazine), offering weekly classes, workshops and milongas, and is passionate about teaching beginners classic salon tango based on embrace, connection and musicality. She regularly travels to Argentina to study the music and dance, and to DJ.
Hustle/Swing DJ Philip C. Spinka of Submarine Productions Entertainment, Philip Spinka has been DJing at weddings and parties for over 25 years. He's known for his dance events and as the event director of the NEPA Fall Formals. Philip loves music and sharing it with others, especially dancers. He's been invited to DJ at Ballroom, West Coast Swing and Hustle events throughout the United States, and in the Caribbean. Philip studied dance & music theory, Ballroom, West Coast Swing, Hustle, Argentine Tango, musicality and the Unit System. He has been competing, performing and training for 15 years and spent over a decade teaching dance at his studio and while traveling. While competing, he won and placed in many professional and amateur Hustle and West Coast Swing competitions.With his knowledge of dance and music, he learned the purpose of music for dancing. Philip is known for his smooth footwork, leading, friendliness and awareness of music. He has a passion for music, and it shows in both his event planning and many satisfied clients.
Hustle/Swing & Latin DJ Louis Del Prete - 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 background talent will contribute to making the Hustle Swing or Latin rooms one of our most popular venues. When Louis is not playing music, he is dancing. He is accomplished in Ballroom and Hustle/Swing 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.
Latin DJ Franklin Ayala - born in NYC has 12 years of experience as a Latin DJ. He is also the head DJ for DanceSport in New York City. Franklin takes his own unique approach to consistently deliver what the crowd is craving making him a highly coveted performer across New York City and around the world. His work includes headlining at major events and venues in New York, throughout the US, and abroad. Franklin Ayala’s musical selection carries the authenticity of the New York Salsa scene. He has played at venues very well known to many salseros; Copacabana, El Flamingo, Wild Palm, Latin Quarters, Iguana's,Cache, to name a few. He is also known for his diversity of its international influences as he seamlessly blends classic and modern Salsa with a keen sense for setting the mood and keeping the party at its peak. He has also been acknowledged for his influence and support of the Salsa community. Receiving the "Men in Salsa" award in 2007 in Washington D.C. and the "Alex" award in 2009 at the Miami Salsa Congress which he has been the Head DJ for the event for the past 6 years.
Latin DJ John El Gringo - 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!" which you can find on the Live365.com Radio network. Or Simply by going to this address:http://www.Live365.com/Stations/DjElGringoLatino
HUSTLE/WEST COAST SWING DJ Tony Felix
Tony Felix – A Bronx Native, Tony had been a staple in the local dance and DJ scene since 1977. Tony got his chops working along side the DJ legend John Morales. Some of the Clubs “Tony DJ Unique’ performed at during the 70’s included People’s Choice, Players Den, and The Stardust Ballroom. In July of 1984 Mr. Felix moved to Rhode Island where he founded Rolling Thunder Light & Sound. RTL&S became one of New England’s Premier DJ and event services. Some of the of the highlights include Cox Communications Holiday Ball at Mohegan Sun Casino and for Providence Waterfire Salsa Ballroom for 12 years running. DJ Tony Felix is the reigning champion of 2013 Battle of the DJ's at the Milennium Hustle Dance. In a series of semi finals, Tony's fresh mix of classic remixes and new music won over the crowd against a field of the best DJ's in the Tri-State area! Tony can be found on the "mix" at some of the most popular dance venues in the state, including Club 412, Winner's Circle, and 92nd Street Y. Tony is adept in all music genres with a keen focus on Hustle and West Coast Swing.