Stardust Future Events

Ballroom Dance Events

Ballroom Dance Weekend
April 7-9, 2017
June 16-18, 2017

Ballroom Dance cruise 2018
January 13-23, 2018

Ballroom Dance Cruise
Destination: DUBAI
March 1-11, 2018

STARDUST DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Donna DeSimone - Instructor of Performing Arts, Ballroom, Choreographer, Performer & Judge. Donna has been teaching dance for 32 years. Her knowledge of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyric, Broadway Theater and Ballroom has greatly influenced her Hustle style. In 1975 Donna was introduced to a dance called the Hustle. Donna became a Hustle dancer on the Television show “Soap Factory Disco” in 1977. In 1978 she opened her first Dance Studio. Four years later opened her second studio. In 1983 she discovered the world of Ballroom dancing. She trained and competed for 8 years under Roberto Pagan and many well known coaches in American & International styles. In 1985 took 5th in her first ballroom competition at the USBC. In 1986 took 1st at the Virginia State Ballroom Championships in Latin, Won 1st place at 1986 Ohio Star Ball State Championships. In 1986 she won her first United States title,” USBC American Rhythm Champion” in Miami Florida. In 1990 Donna entered the well know Zackary’s Dance Competition and took 1st Place. One year later winning the Tri State Open Hustle Championships sponsored by Night Life Magazine. Donna went on to choreograph for dance tours to China, Italy, Florida, Hershey Park, Carnegie Hall (“Cole Porter’s 100th Birthday Celebration” and “An invitation to Dance” with the NY Pops Orchestra). You can also see her on Cable TV “Touch Dancing” with Alfonzo. Donna started competing again for fun after taking a 14 year break and took 1St Place with her dance partner Derrick Allan in Professional Open Hustle Theater Arts at the Hustle Congress in 2006. Donna has been on staff for “World Hustle”, New York Hustle Congress”, “International Hustle & Salsa Competition” in Miami and the New Orleans “The Big Easy” to judge, teach workshops and perform. Donna won an on line poll in 2006 sponsored by Ron Bess’s Dance Talk as Favorite Female Dancer in the Reader’s Choice Awards. Currently Donna teaches, Choreographs and performs in New York and beyond. For the past 15 years Donna has been the Ballroom Entertainment Director for the “Stardust Dance Weekends” in the Catskills & Stardust Cruises

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.    

Leon Harris started his association with the dance community after retiring from the US Navy. His first dance was the Brazilian dance Lambada, moved on to ballroom, and finally developed a love for Argentine Tango .  Viewing dance as an extension of his interaction with people, Leon focuses on teaching good dance technique and building confidence in his students.   Being calm and understated, his students find his classes easy going, stress free, but meet their goal of learning to dance. Being located in Washington DC, his training has included local ballroom studios, workshops with visiting dance professionals, salsa and Argentine Tango dance festivals in the US, South America, the Caribbean, and Europe; tango workshops in Buenos Aires and Dubai, and two summer sessions at Stanford University for advance Argentine Tango.   Seven workshops at the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional Habana (Cuba) provided him with a focus on Cuban dance history, Afro Cuban Folkorico dances, Cuban social dances, and the dances of Santaria. Although he was a student, he taught Argentine Tango while in residence at the Conjunto.  As a former Stardust dance host, his experience opened doors for  him to hosting/teaching on all the major cruise lines. On the Queen Mary 2, he danced around the world and taught Argentine Tango to a group of beginners that resulted in a performance for the ship. For the pass 20 years, his home has served as his dance studio for Latin  and Argentine Tango classes.

Cameron Johnson - Hailing from South Africa, Cameron Johnson started his dancing career at the age of 5, under the tutelage of his parents.Cameron is the unbeaten South African International Standard Champion in the Junior, Amateur and Professional ranks. In 1996 Cameron represented South Africa in the Open Fleetwood Professional Championship in Blackpool, England and was placed 6th. Also in 1996, Cameron represented South Africa in the Open French Masters Professional Championship on the Isle of Reunion and was placed 3rd. In 2000, Cameron was invited to immigrate and teach in the USA, where he has since made his home. In 2008, Cameron represented the USA at the World Pro/Am Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was placed 1st. To date, Cameron is still active in the competitive Pro/Am arena where he teaches and moulds his students into the best dancers they can be. Since 1995, Cameron started studying to do his professional qualification exams and In 1996, achieved a Highly Commended pass rate as an Associate in International Standard through the South African National Council of Ballroom Dancing. In 1999, Cameron also achieved a Highly Commended pass rate as an Associate in International Latin and a Highly Commended pass rate as a Licentiate in International Standard through the United Kingdom Alliance in London, England

Richard Givney - has a successful twenty four years' experience in all aspects of the ballroom dancing industry through cultivating and achieving personal, professional, and educational goals. He competed professionally in International Latin; has his teaching certifications in multiple syllabi, including both American and International dances, and franchised and independent curriculums. He continues to take lessons with top professionals for teaching and personal dance goals. His ballroom dance program won the 2012 Best in Monmouth County, NJ Health & Life Magazine's "Reader's Choice Award." Richard is available or private or semi-private lessons.  

Maria Fiora -Dance studio owner Stamford Ct- Maria Fioras Dance Center. 

Since1989, Maria has been a dance Instructor, social and competitive.She is also a choreographer and performer. Maria was an American Rhythm finalist competitor from 1995-2001 with Emilios Bousios. She does performance work in Argentine Tango, Latin and ballroom, and also competitions with pro and pro/am. Maria also teaches core dance fitness, using belly dance isolations , arm styling and leg toning. 

Lourdes Cruz -  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. 


Junior Ryes
- has been dancing all his young life, influenced by Dominican Folklore music. His dream was to run his own dance company. He has danced many genres of dance styles. He has master instructors like Ray Colon, Eddie Torres and his mentor to this day Marcus Gonzales. He has worked with many of the greats in Salsa on 2. Junior has taken Argentine Tango classes with International instructors, Jon Tariq and Anton Gesenbeck to broaden his skills on the dance floor and to become a better-informed and skilled dancer and teacher.  Junior Ryes is one of the hidden talents in the Hudson Valley; his students look up to him because of his style, gentle manner and discipline. As an instructor, he adheres to the golden rule of creating your foundation and building from there to a confident dancer.  Junior is the owner of Element of Style Dance Studio in Middletown, N.Y.  Junior and his dance company members are very community conscious and participate in many fundraisers in and round the Hudson Valley Community.

ENTERTAINERS & SPECIAL INSTRUCTORS

Julius Solano - born of Peruvian decent, has been dancing from the time he could walk.   True to his heritage he grew up dancing salsa, bachata, meriengue, cumbia, and piricio ripiao.  The rhythm of Latin music flows in his veins.  Growing up in New York fueled his dance addiction and at age 10 began competing in Hip Hop, winning various local contests.  As an adult Julius fell in love with Ballroom dancing, appreciating the beauty of two bodies moving in complete harmony.  Julius is certified in several dance syllabi and has had much success competing professionally in American Rhythm where he and Lauren have been professional novice champions at Maryland Dancesport Championships & rising star finalists in Washington Open and Constitution Dancesport Championships.  He is currently preparing to compete in professional American Smooth & American 9 Dance. Julius’ love of dancing and musicality is infectious and sure to make learning any dance style a fun time for all. Lauren Stephenson began ballroom dancing in college where she obtained degrees in athletic training & exercise & sport science.  Her background in these areas has lead her to appreciate the beauty of how the body moves in all the styles of ballroom; she specializes in dance medicine with focuses on dance kinesiology (human movement) as well as adaptive and rehabilitative dance for those who have physical impairments or injury.  Lauren has experience in several different dance syllabi.  Lauren has had much success competing professionally in American Rhythm where she and Julius have been professional novice champions at Maryland Dancesport Championships & rising star finalists in Washington Open and Constitution Dancesport Championships. She is currently preparing to compete in professional American Smooth & American 9 Dance.  Lauren’s love of ballroom in conjunction with her knowledge of the human body will get anyone up on the dance floor. Julius Solano & Lauren Stephenson are the owners of Breakin' Out Ballroom in Patchogue, Long Island.  They have experience teaching American Rhythm & Smooth & have had much success competing professionally in American Rhythm where they have been professional novice champions at Maryland Dancesport Championships & rising star finalists in Washington Open and Constitution Dancesport Championships. They were recently married in January of 2017 and are continuing their dance journey together 


Dinara Khayrulina - started her dance career in her home city -  St. Petersburg, Russia. After successful junior and amateur career she continued her professional teaching and dance calling in United States. She has spent last seven years studying under the best coaches in the industry while living in Florida and Chicago area. Among many accomplishments (winner of many regional Rising Star events and finalist of many national Open events) Dinars is Fred Astaire Open Professional National Finalist in both Rhythm and Smooth Styles and is known in industry as passionate teacher, competitor and performer. Kosta Trifunovic - Since moving to US, Kosta pursued different career avenues simultaneously to make a name as professional competitor (2013&2015 US National Open Professional Nine Dance Finalist), Pro/Am teacher (US National Pro/Am Rhythm Champion and Top teacher at all major US events), successful studio manager (DWM Soho), nationally recognized examiner (DVIDA International) and international judge (NDCA and WDC license holder). Besides growing his professional competitive career, Kosta is current National Director of Training and Education for Dance With Me USA, fastest growing chain of ballroom dance studios.

Kelvin Roche - Since a child, with a Latin background, he has been dancing all his life. Studied with Joffrey Ballet, trained in Latin and ballroom. Has background in jazz and modern from studying in New York City. Finalist at USBC in International Latin.. Featured in several commercials, television shows and movies as well as Life Magazine. Worked with Vanessa Williams, Rubin Blades, Conan O'Brian and more. Lori Ann Greenhouse - Since the age of 4, she's found a love for dance. Trained in ballet for 15 years, and ballroom and Latin for 25. Studied with the Royal Academy of Dance in England. Finalist at USBC in American Rhythm and Theater Arts. Also a finalist in the Invitational Theater Arts in Blackpool, England. World Hustle Champion 9 times. Together they are 9 time World Hustle Champions. Featured in many movies together, such as Disney's Enchanted and El Cantante with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. They have traveled around the world preforming in places like Egypt, China, Japan and Hawaii. Choreographed So You Think You Can Dance Canada. 

Orlando Reyes & Adriana Salgado - have been professional dancers and teachers of Argentine Tango for almost 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 and their native Colombia. In the USA they have successfully performed in New Hampshire for Dartmouth Argentine Tango Society, Boston, Portland, Miami, Ohio, among others. 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. Other recent performances include: Malbec Tango House, 2013-2104 in Manhattan, Tango Salon Worldwide Tango Championship in Buenos Aires Argentina in 2015, Boulder Tango Festival in Denver in October 2015. Their smooth, romantic, elegant style and solid connection make their performances outstanding. Their teaching focuses on the subtleties of the connection, embrace, and strong technique fundamentals. Their passion, love and constant dedication for 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.
They currently teach and coach privately at Stepping out Studios and Adelante Studios in Manhattan.

STARDUST FITNESS STAFF

Shari Feather -  attended her first belly dance class over 10 years ago, and falls more in love with the art form as each day passes.  Her studies have taken her to the finest belly dance instructors in the world - Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour. The Salimpour formats have given her an extremely well-rounded education in Middle Eastern dance; from precise technique and emotional perspective  to music theory, history and cultural representation. She is passionate to learn all she can and advance through the Salimpour School of Belly Dance, where she currently holds Level 2 certifications in both the Suhaila and Jamila formats. She is also a guest dancer for Bal Anat, the longest running belly dance company in the world; founded by Jamila Salimpour in 1968 and now directed by Suhaila Salimpour.

Molly Gelsomino - 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.

STARDUST DANCE HOST DIRECTOR

Dan Vitali Dance Host Director -  has been associated with Stardust since 1989.  He became Stardust’s Dance Host Director in 2003.  Dan is responsible for the supervision and scheduling of between 12-15 hosts on duty for every ballroom dance event we hold.  Despite his many responsibilities, Dan always has fun, as do the many ladies he dances with during each event.  

4 GREAT DJS!!

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.

WEST COAST SWING/HUSTLE/CALIFORNIA MIX 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 Latin room one of our most popular venues. 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.      

ARGENTINE TANGO 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.
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!"