Stardust Future Events

Ballroom Dance Events

Ballroom Dance Weekend
April 13-15, 2018 

Ballroom Dance cruise 2018
January 13-23, 2018

Ballroom Dance Cruise
Destination: DUBAI
March 2-11, 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.  Leon was the recipient of Stardust Dance Productions 2015 Employee of the Year.

GALINA NIKITINA  started to dance at age 3 and was offered her first job as a dance teacher’s assistant at age 17 for Rostov-on-Don State University’s dance team. Later she was promoted to an instructor and then to a Choreographer and their Assistant Director. Under her supervision, the University’s Dance Team was named top dance team in Russia.  As a ballroom dancer, she won many prestigious Russian competitions. In the US she has taught at Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire, independent studios as well as her own studio. Currently teaches at the IM Gallery in Highland Park, New Jersey and at various studios in central NJ, as a guest teacher at BIS Dance Studio in Moscow, Russia.  Her teaching skills cover both American and International styles, and ranges from beginner social all the way up to to advanced and competitive levels. 

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

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.  


Mark James
 - a member of the Hustle Hall of Fame and 1999’s Around the Floor Teacher of the Year.  Mark holds over 30 championship titles.  He is an independent teacher, coach, and choreographer with extensive training in American and International Rhythm and Smooth.  He lives, performs, and teaches on Long Island where he hosts the popular Dance Zone.  Mark is Elite Member of the Hustle Dancer’s Hall of Fame.  His competitive highlights include 2000 Hustle USA, 1992 United States National Championships, 1991 United States National Championships and National Rising Star Theatrical Champion.
Karen Lupo - a much sought after coach, teacher, and choreographer known for her elegant and sensual style.  She is a former American Rhythm champion who is a regular performer in and around NYC, as well as on international cruise ships.   She and her partner Mark James integrate their exciting performances with lifts and drops for added punch!  

Lihann Jones - has spent most of her life dancing or performing in some fashion. From her parent’s nightclubs in Montana and Idaho, to acting in television shows and commercials, to the parade routes and stages of Disneyland, to the old dance halls of the West Coast where she danced with the Joint is Jumpin’ swing troupe, Lihann loves to learn, perform, and teach dance. In 2005, Lihann relocated to Buffalo, NY and worked as a full-time dance instructor and performer for a local ballroom dance studio. She performed in various DanceSport competitions throughout the country in the Pro/Am Division, her students consistently placing high in the scholarship and multi-dance divisions. In 2010 she received her Associate Certification in International Ballroom from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. In 2012 she also received her Associate Certification in American Ballroom from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. In 2013, Lihann helped develop Suneel’s Celebrity Gala for the Suneel’s Light Foundation; a ballroom dance competition with local celebrities and professional ballroom dancers performing to raise funds for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In 2014 Lihann continued her role as co-chair for the event and helped turn Suneel’s Celebrity Gala into the most successful fundraising event to date for the Suneel’s Light Foundation. In 2014, in order to better share her great joy for dancing, Lihann created Ballroom Revolution, a dance studio dedicated to teaching body awareness, connection between dance partners, and how to have fun and feel confident in any dance situation. Lihann holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in English – Creative Writing from California State University of Long Beach. She continues to develop her dance and teaching skills by attending multiple Lindy Hop conferences, Ballroom symposiums, Argentine Tango workshops, and teacher seminars a year.

ENTERTAINERS & SPECIAL INSTRUCTORS

Matthew Hauer was born in Guadalajara Mexico, and was adopted at one month old. He was raised in the Bronx of New York, until the age of 25. For high school, Matthew was accepted  into Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, and Performing Arts, majoring in dance. He received his Diploma in 2001, with a strong foundation of ballet and modern dance. Matt continued his training and was also accepted into SUNY Purchase, Conservatory of Dance. He studied many various modern dance styles such as Graham, Morris, Cunningham, Limon, Taylor, Alexander techniques, classical ballet, partnering, improv, and compositional classes to further his education.  In 2005, he had graduated with a bachelors in Fine Arts. Throughout the school years, he took Ballroom Dance lessons on the weekends, and heavily competed throughout North America.  Some of his most prestige titles are as follows:  He was named the 2004 and 2005 National Amateur American Rhythm Champion. In 2006, he was the National Professional American Rhythm Rising Star Champion. In 2008, he won both the French Open Championships, and was crowned the World Mambo Champion. He also won the 2014 and 2015 National Mambo Championships, and was also the 2014 World Salsa Champion.  He performed for many charities, benefits, and shows throughout the world. Matt is currently a full time teacher and coach to all kinds of students, kids, and even Olympic Ice dancers. He still competes professionally, and with his students. He hopes to inspire lives through his work. Anastasia Jerjomina was born in Riga, Latvia where she started ballroom dancing at the age of 5. She had a very  successful dance career in the Juvenile and Junior categories. Representing her home country  as a Ballroom, and Latin-American dancer,  Anastasia chose to  follow her passion more towards the Latin-American dance style,  which where she  began her dance journey on an  International level. Ms. Jerjomina resided, trained, and studied  in  these following countries, to pursue  her passion and drive in the beautiful Ballroom sport. From Latvia to Russia, then Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands and Canada. She had an honor to represent some of these countries at the World Championship events, and also European Championships as well.  Now currently living in the US,  Anastasia is given the  opportunity to learn a new dance style,  and perfect her skills in American Rhythm Category.

Richard McMurrich and Suzanne Mosley have been dancing Country Western together for 8 years and are UCWDC Classic Masters competitors representing the Northeast, from New York City and Philadelphia. They have many Division 1 UCWDC titles to their names, and are the UCWDC's 2009 Crystal Advanced World Champions. They are dance teachers, judges, and choreographers, but their first love will always be entertaining audiences by bringing their brand of speed, style and sass to the dance floor!  




Sam Poleshuk - began dancing at a young age in Belarus. He started dancing both standard and Latin however; eventually he decided to focus on Latin. After great success in his country, Sam decided to move to the States to further his career in dancing and teaching. Sam specializes in Latin and is an expert at technique! From teaching beginners, to creating finalist in pro/am competitions, Sam is a wonderful well-rounded instructor!
Jill Apostolico - is a Latin dancer and a dress designer from New Jersey. She started as both a standard and Latin dancer, but choose to focus on her Latin. After a wonderful career as an amateur, she decided to dance professional in 2011.  She loves teaching children and couples, and truly enjoys working with people! Sam and Jill began their career together in 2011. With their vibrant personalities they are definitely a great team! They are currently teaching in NY and NJ, and competing this fall. 

Mariano Logiudke At the age of 7 started to study Karate and was doing it for many years. In the meantime he discover the Tango , and started to study very intensively this new passion. He learned from very prominent teachers in the Tango world  as Raul Bravo, Juan Pablo Barbutti, Guillermina Quiroga, Andres Cejas, Olga Besio, Demian Garcia, Julio Balmaceda, among others. For the last 4 years he has been the assistant and partner of Guillermina Quiroga in all her classes in Buenos Aires and in her choreography composition works. He was giving Tango classes as a teacher in Tanzba ,Buenos Aires , Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires,  Club Gricel, Salon Canning.He graduated from the University in Argentina as a psychologist, with the Tesis "Tango y vejez"( Tango and elderly) which explores the psychological benefits of the tango dancing on the elder people. He received a lot of compliments and special mention from the university judges with his work, and was pleased to keep going further on that path. This inspires Mariano to investigate more  and leads him into creating a new activity that is a mixing of tango dance and physical education; together with Guillermina they start a new discipline ,the union of tango dance and psychology , as therapy for people with physical and emotional needs. As Guillermina's partner, Mariano has teached and performed at the Tango Festival in Napoli,Italy and many other Tango Festivals in the United States.  The last four years they been teaching and performing in Europe, Asia, and many cities in United States. Guillermina Quiroga is considered one of the best female tango dancers in the world. She started her career at age six as a ballerina, and at 23 she discover the 'Tango'. A bit later, she entered the world of the milongas (social dance halls) in Buenos Aires, and in 1989 she was awarded the first prize in the Hugo del Carril Contest, organized by the City of Buenos Aires. In her dancing career, she's been a soloist with the Julio Iglesias World Tour; she has performed along the Luis Bacalov, Mariano Mores and Color Tango orchestras; and she has taken part of critically acclaimed shows like Tango x2, Tango Argentino and Forever Tango on Broadway. She's been featured in many films: Naked Tango, Marie Galant, Assassination Tango, & Valentina's Tango.
Combing her talent as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and actress, she has also produced her own show Tango, Historias Breves.  Ms. Quiroga, a queen of tango since the last century is considered by The New York Times as 'The Fonteyn of Tango'.  The NY based newspaper says that the spell of her style begins in her stance. She has a marvelously composted persona and memorable elegant posture. The LA Tmes says that Guillermina is famous for fusing traditional tango steps with hyper-flexible leg extensions and athletic lifts.  An engaging state presence and a formidable talent.

STARDUST FITNESS STAFF

Marion Panos 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.

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 25 years and have been associated with Stardust since 2004. As avid dancers they started with Ballroom Dance Lessons, and for the past 15 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 40,000 tracks spanning the decades, which includes all types of Ballroom, Latin, Hustle, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango and other specialty Social Dances (i.e. Night Club 2-Step, Kizumba). 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.


HUSTLE/WEST COAST SWING/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 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!

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!" 

ANDY MOSS & THE NIGHT OWLS LIVE BALLROOM BAND