Stardust Future Events

Ballroom Dance Events

Ballroom Dance Weekends
June 16-18, 2017
September 15-17

Ballroom Dance cruise 2018
January 13-23, 2018

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

Dance Weekend Faculty

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 started his dancing career at the age of 5. Cameron is the unbeaten South African International Standard Campion 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.  In 1996 Cameron represented South Africa in the Open French Masters Professional Championship on the Isle of Reunion and was placed 3rd. In 2000, he 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 molds 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.

 MARIA FIORA - Owner of Maria Fioras Dance Center Studio, Stamford Ct. 1989 to present- Dance Instructor- social, competitive. Choreographer and Performer - American Rhythm finalist competitor 1995-2001 with Emilios Bousios.  Performance work in Argentine Tango, Latin and Ballroom ~ also competitions with pro and pro/am. Maria also teaches core dance fitness using belly dance isolations , arm styling and leg toning.


NINO DIGIULIO - 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.


NICOLE GIFFORD - 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.



AMANDA DOERR - 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.



ENTERTAINERS/INSTRUCTORS

ANDY MOSS & THE NIGHT OWLS LIVE BAND






Philip Spinka-has worked as a professional DJ and dancer for over 15 years, while studying dance & music theory, Ballroom, West Coast Swing, Hustle, Argentine Tango, and Musicality. He continues to study dance and received his judges training from GPDIA and GSDTA. Competing, performing and training during that time, Philip has been teaching dance at his studio, and while traveling. He won and placed in many professional and amateur Hustle and West Coast Swing competitions. Philip has been dancing with Kendall Reynolds for about a year. They have been traveling around the country, performing, competing, and teaching together. They recently received 3rd placements at Swing Dance America and Liberty Swing in Rising Star performances in 2016.
Kendall Reynolds-first discovered partner dancing at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied Psychology, Sociology, and Dance (Modern & Ballet).  She was very involved in the ballroom club on campus, Texas Ballroom, as a student, organizer, and, later, instructor and advisor. Kendall currently specializes in Hustle, West Coast Swing, Two Step and other Country Western couples dances, Line Dance, and Aerial Dancing (Theater Arts). Now, Kendall teaches and performs in NYC. She has taught at and continues to be available for many national partner dance events, including Big Apple Country Dance Festival, Disco America, and Swing Dance America. She has taught Geriatric Ballroom Dance classes at the Allen Hospital/NYP Health Outreach, and Children’s Ballet and Ballroom Dance classes in Austin, Texas. Kendall has also assembled, organized, costumed, and performed with a professional dance troupe for a private concert, dancing to live music by Rockapella and opening for Boney M, Rick Springfield, Enrique Iglesias, and Pitbull. Dance Awards: 1st Place Pro Two Step J&J at MDC 2013 & 2014 1st Place Open West Coast Swing J&J at Peach State 2014 2nd Place Pro Hustle J&J at NY Hustle Congress 2014 1st Place Open Nightclub Showcase at UCWDC Worlds 2015

Frank Perez-Born in Havana Cuba, Frank started dancing at a very young age learning Cuban folklore and afro Cuban dance, as well as salsa, hustle, merengue, to name a few. Competing in many different types of sports and having developed a distinct passion for partner dancing, Frank walked into a ballroom studio and the rest you could say is history . Today Frank is a professional ballroom dancer and a professional certified personal trainer. He has won numerous titles with different partners.  He is perhaps best known as The 2005 U.S. Empire States Theatrical Champion. Frank and his current dance partner Amanda Treadway, who he met at Stepping Out, have forged a strong partnership placing within the top ranks of their dance sport division. You will find Frank teaching and coaching at Stepping Out Studios. Amanda Treadway-born & raised in Mississippi, has been dancing since the age of 3. At 12 she studied on a full scholarship at the renown Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She continued at Alabama School of Fine Arts majoring in dance for 4 yrs. Receiving her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University, she has trained in almost every genre of dance, acting, & vocal coaching. She has performed regionally all over doing numerous musicals & plays, one of her favorites being Maria in West Side Story. Professionally she has been dancing with her competitive partner, Frank Perez, for over 4 years whom she met at Stepping Out Studios in Studio D. She fell in love with the art of ballroom dancing that very day & hasn't stopped since.

Aleksandra “Ola” Kozlowsk-born in Warsaw, Poland.  She started her Ballroom Dance Education at the age of 10. After 5 months of dancing, she attended her first dance competition in a Juvenile Category. She won that competition, and that’s when her dance career started. She got her dance education from some of the best coaches in the world,  Allan Tornsberg, Vibeke Toft, Paul Killick, Carmen Vincelj, Colin James, Graham Oswick, Kenny Welsch, and many more.  She was a Polish representative to international competitions, and was competing all over Europe in Junior, Youth, and Amateur categories. She moved to America in 2003 where she turned professional, and continues to compete, perform, train, and teach amateur dancers.  For Aleksandra, dancing is a great passion, and a way to express the music, and herself.  Alfred Pena- born in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic, and is the founder of Rhythmology. Alfred's dancing career began in college as a member of the Cornell University Ballroom Dancing Team. He continued his training with world-class dancers such as Victor Kanevsky, Andrew Phillip, Oksana Zolotarevskaya and Bas van der Zanden. While studying Latin, Alfred discovered Salsa Dancing, and as his passion for the dance grew, he immersed himself in the industry. Since then, he has competed in several Tri-state and National Competitions, and is currently performing and competing as a Professional Salsa Dancer.  Alfred and Aleksandra have placed in the finals of multiple salsa championships, including the US Salsa Championships ('09 and '10), and NDCA World Salsa Championships ('09 and '10).  They are currently the NY representative at the World Latin Cup two years in a row.

Michael Nadtochi-has been a professional dancer for more than two decades. His vast dance experience consists of performing, competing, choreographing and educating dancers and professionals all over the world. Michael started to dance at the age of ten in Moscow, Russia. Ever since, dancing has been the main focus of his life. By the age of eighteen, his success as a performer and competitor in the global ballroom dance scene granted him the Russian National Youth Champion title and an honor to represent his country in the World Championship held in Slovenia.
With extensive travels all over Europe (France, Germany, England, Denmark, Norway, Czeck Republic), Michael earned international recognition as a Ballroom Latin Dance competitor. In 1998, he moved to the United States and achieved even greater success and in two short years was awarded the title of “Top U.S. Professional National Dance Couple of the Year”. As a worldwide recognized dancer, he regularly takes part in dance festivals, major concert halls and theaters all over the globe, as well as making numerous TV commercial and film appearances as a principal dancer. For the past 12 years Michael focused entirely on performing and teaching the art of Argentine Tango and in 2013 he has been one of the dancers at Malbec & Tango House NYC, the first authentic nightly Argentine Tango show produced in USA. His extensive list of teachers consists of Carlos Gavito, Osvaldo Zotto & Lorena Ermocida, Julio Balmaceda & Corina De La Rosa and many others who have been as an inspiration on a path of discovering his own Tango.Michael Nadtochi is the founder and director of Argentine Tango Academy of New York and Zum Dance Entertainment. Being an artist he believes that the most important aspect of becoming a great dancer is the process of self-discovery. Classes and workshops are only tools to help one to find out who they really are and give the necessary technique to be able to express that through dance. Eleonora Kalganova - born and grew up in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Her dance career started at 6 years old with ballroom dancing and for 10 years straight she was either a finalist or a winner of all the local competitions. In 2003 she entered ballet department of the national choreographic school, while simultaneously studying folk dances of Uzbekistan. Later she became one of the principal dancers in the prestigious Bolshoi Theater of Opera and ballet named after Alisher Navoi. In 2009 parallel to her ballet studies Eleonora started learning Argentine tango. She has won:the following titles in Argentine Tango competitions:-The winner of the International tournament "Spartak Cup 2010" in the category "Show"- Vice-champion of 3rd Russian Open tournament of Argentine tango "TANGO CUP 2011"- The winner of the International tournament "MOSCOW BALL 2012″, "EMPIRE CUP 2012″ in the category "Show". Eleonora's philosophy revolves around the idea of being authentic and original rather than being a copy of another person...in dance and in life!

FITNESS INSTRUCTORS

Marion Panos - has been coming to the Stardust Weekends since 1999 and has only missed one weekend since that time.  In 2004, she became one of our agents and is known for her ability, diligence and consistency in seeing that her guests are well taken care of and in representing Stardust.  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.

DANCE HOST DIRECTOR

DAN VITALI - 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.

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.

WEST COAST/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 joined the Stardust team as their new DJ where his musical, Hustle/Swing, and Latin dance background talent will contribute to making the West Coast Swing/Hustle/California Mix 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.

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.