Stardust Future Events

Ballroom Dance Events

Ballroom Dance Weekends
November 17-19, 2017 

April 15-18, 2018 

Ballroom Dance cruise 2018
January 13-23, 2018

Ballroom Dance Cruise
Destination: DUBAI
March 2-11, 2018

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.

Our Story

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 Mark Sakowski - very versatile DJ with over 20 years experience playing music for dancers.  He has been fortunate to have played multiple times for some of the largest swing, hustle and Argentine tango events in the country, many dance cruises and over 50 Stardust Dance Weekends in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. For the last 15 years he has DJ'ed predominantly but not exclusively Argentine tango and specializes in playing an inspiring mix of traditional tango, vals & milonga in a similar style as the best milongas in Buenos Aires.  A few of the venues Mark has DJ'ed at are:  Eastern Market Milonga - DC, ESL Milonga - DC, El Besito Milonga - NJ, Milonga de Luz - DC, Milonga Portená - DC, Domingo Tango Club - NYC, La Nacional Milonga - NYC, Fandango De Tango 2014 - Texas, Boston Tango Festival 2015, 2016 & 2017, One City Tango Marathon 2015 - VA, Milonga la clasica - Philadephia and the Official USA Argentine Tango Championships in San Francisco in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 and the 2016 Providence New Year's Eve Tango Marathon.  On July 13th Mark was the DJ at Midsummer Night Swing "Hardcore Tango Night" with the Aces of Rhythm Sextet at Lincoln Center in New York City. Mark also won the "1st Annual Tango DJ Competition" in Somerville, Massachusetts in September of 2013, is a guest DJ regularly at the prestigious Astoria Tango Club Milonga on Sundays in New York City and was the organizer, host and DJ of the longest running weekday milonga in the Washington DC area;  Milonga Diversité in Coco Cabana Grill in Hyattesville, MD every Monday night for over 10 years.  Mark has DJ'ed over 1000 milongas but is very excited to be the DJ'ing for the first time at Sarah La Rocca's "All Night Milonga" in New York City on August 26th 2017.    

Hustle/Swing DJ Philip C. Spinka  Spinka has worked as a professional dancer, instructor, performer, and DJ for over 15 years.  Excelling at West Coast Swing, Hustle, Theater Arts, and Musicality, he also trained in Ballroom, Tango, Jazz, and music theory.  Having taught many styles of dance, he received his teaching certifications in Hustle and West Coast Swing from the IHDA and the GPDIA.  As a competitor, Philip has won and placed in hundreds of Hustle and West Coast Swing competitions, as well as earning placements in the Rising Star West Coast division.  Thanks to his decades of training in music and dance, he discovered that the true purpose of dancing is to paint a picture using music.    

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