LORI BRIZZI, Event Director
The NYC Dance Experience, an umbrella company for the NY Hustle Congress, is presented by former Ballroom Champion and Tri-state premier partner dance promoter and host, Lori Brizzi. Voted 4 times, "Person of the Year", Miss Brizzi’s legendary dance events include the "NY Hustle Congress", now in it's 10th year, over 15 years of "Millennium Dance Parties", 4 years of "Millennium Dance Cruises" and most recently, host of the legendary "Hustle Jam" Dance Parties every other Wednesday. Her latest production “The NY DANCE EXPERIENCE” encompasses the energies of the city that never sleeps. Five evenings of non-stop dance parties blasts off on Wednesday July 19 and ends with the closing night party on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Experience the 10th NEW YORK HUSTLE CONGRESS (workshops, contests, and social dancing) to be held at a historic art deco hotel, The New Yorker, a night "out on the town" night club experience, two dance studios to perfect your hustle style AND a cruise around the Hudson and East Rivers to the Statue of Liberty with views of the magnificent Manhattan skyline ...all while dancing to the beat of New York’s very best DJ’s. Join Lori at The NYC Dance Experience with the NY Hustle Congress -- an event you will not want to miss!
Diane K. Nardone (email@example.com) is nationally known as the “Queen Bee of Hustle.” She began dancing Hustle in the early 70’s with the Hustle Kings dance troupe, and went on to appear in the motion pictures “Saturday Night Fever”, “Carlitto’s Way,” and more. She is a Ballroom, Latin, and Hustle Teacher, Judge, Choreographer, and Dance Event Director. Diane began teaching at the famous Dale Dance Studios in New York, and went on to open her own dance studio in New Jersey. She is known for her lead and follow skills, and ability to break down footwork and patterns to raise your level of dance. Diane is also the event director of the “World Hustle Dance Championships" and was the recipient of the HUSTLE ICON Award at last year's New York Hustle Congress.
RON BESS, Emcee
Ron resides in Southern New Jersey and has been dancing in the Hustle scene for over 35 years. He has performed on the nationally syndicated TV show "Dance Fever" and has won over 100 dance contests throughout the United States. Ron has been the Master of Ceremonies at many Hustle conventions and events for the last 20 years including the first Hustle USA, NY Hustle Congress, Disco American Dance Championships..... Currently he promotes/organizes dance socials, coaches dance couples and is the editor of the on line newsletter "DanceTalk®" - reaching over 20,000 dancers every week. In efforts to keep the history of the Hustle alive, he helped create, write biographies and design the 'Hustle Hall Of Fame' website. Ron was the recipient of the Icon Award at the 2011 'NY Hustle Congress, Christopher M. Nardone Award, The 'World Hustle Dance Championships' Life Time Achievement Award, and inducted into 'Disco America' Hall Of Fame in 2013. Ron has also promoted and CO-produced events including The PBS televised "Get Down Tonight - The Disco Explosion," and the annual 'Holiday Spectacular'.
Veronica Castilla is a world renowned dance instructor, choreographer and performer.
Brian Gallagher, the nation's long time hustle champion, is based in Philadephia, Pa, where he helps to promote and teach Hustle dancers and competitors. Brian has an ability to break down dance patterns to help you understand the four major components for a comfortable lead and follow: movement, framework, footwork, and timing. It doesn't matter whether you are a beginner learning your basics or the advanced dancer learning travel, shaping, and/or syncopations. Having been trained in Ballroom and Latin prior to coming into Hustle, Brian incorporates a variety of dynamics: travelling, shaping, syncopated rhythms, creative combinations, and let's not forget - speed. Brian is well known for travelling moves, creativity, and burning up the floor at a 130 bpms without hesitation. He has won every major Hustle competition over the last decade. Brian offers workshops, privates, as well as videos to help your Hustle progress.
Wingo Hom, also 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; he will come to your home and teach you. Wingo has over 50+ years of dance experience and multiple accomplishments, which include:
The 2015 winner of the Artie Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award, Winner of 8 Top Teacher Awards, Winner of the 2009 Dancing with the Stars Tour Version in Cha Cha and East Coast Swing competition in Wilkes Barre PA, 2006 Amateur Male Hustle Dancer of the Year, first Amateur Hustle couple with partner Angela McCabe to defeat a professional Hustle couple in a competition, over 600 first place titles, 34 Jack and Jill first place awards. In 2009 he joined Stardust Dance Productions and was the recipient of the 2014 Employee of the Year Award. He is one of the very few instructors that is certified (lead and follow) in Hustle, 13 different American Smooth and Rhythm Styles at the full Bronze and Silver Levels. Certified to Judge Dance competitions in all levels. Wingo is a familiar presence in the Hustle, Swing and Salsa community and is currently teaching in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Competing and performing for decades in hustle and theatre arts, Alex Kim knows how to put on a show. He continues to dazzle audiences internationally with his skills in adagio, choreography and death defying tricks. Capturing the very first Hustle title ever held at the prestigious New York Harvest Moonball, upon winning the competition Alex appeared on a movie and numerous TV shows, Alex went on to compete in sanctioned events held by Dance Masters of America. Along with his partner, they maintained as undefeated record in competitions. A resident of Los Angeles, Alex has been teaching hustle and aerial work to salsa pros in Los Angeles for the past few years including Mayan Champion Alex Da Silva who choreographed for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. More recently, Alex has partnered with dance champion Sergia Anderson and has performed on the number one national television show in Korea ” Star King.“
Has been competing on the national Hustle circuit for the past 20 years holding numerous titles as an amateur and several since becoming a professional. Jaime has trained with and been coached by some of the “legends” of Hustle. Jaime has taught Hustle classes and workshops at various dance studios in the New York/New Jersey areas and independently in the tri-state area. He has been on staff at NY Hustle Congress, Disco America, IHSC Miami, World Hustle Championships, MadJam, NY Dance Experience, Swing Fling DC, MadJam and Swing Dance America. Jaime’s passion and talent for Hustle, combined with his precise movements and smooth style has made him a prominent figure in the Hustle scene. He continues to compete Pro/Pro and with his Pro/Am students receiving top honors are events around the country. Jaime’s goal is to inspire his students to develop their own personal style and to be the best they can be while having fun, whether it’s preparing for a competition, or just social dancing. Jaime encourages using traveling patterns to move around the floor to show footwork and flair.
The “Hustling Attorney,” is a versatile dancer from Silver Spring, MD with extensive backgrounds in ballet, modern, salsa, hustle, hand dance and west coast swing. She was first introduced to hustle in her years at UC Berkeley School of Law, and has been adding her sparkle to the social dance world ever since. With more than 17 Advanced Amateur 1st place wins under her belt, Erica was arguably the Top Female Amateur Hustle Competitor for two years prior to her professional status. Since becoming a professional competitor, Erica has garnered 1st place in Professional Just Hustle and Invitational Jack & Jill Hustle Divisions across the country. In 2007, Erica was pictured in US Weekly alongside Shane Sparks and in TV Guide Magazine after she performed a Just Hustle that earned her a spot in Vegas on the syndicated television series “So You Think You Can Dance.” In 2010, Erica pioneered and co-choreographed the first ever Hustle Flash Mob which continues to be performed all over the world. In 2008, Erica won her first US Open Hand Dance title and in 2010 captured the World Professional Triple Threat Championship title. In addition, Erica has been at the top ranks of west coast swing for over two years and currently competes at the All-Star level. Erica is a brilliant dancer who guarantees to leave an impression on her audiences and her students.
Kimberly began in the performance arena, initially Tap dancing as a member of Providence, R.I. She spent many years studying and performing Jazz Dance at the Jeannette Neil Jazz Studio in Boston, MA. Kim has been a Hustle Specialist and enthusiast since 1978. She has also trained in American Style Ballroom Dance with an extensive focus on East Coast Swing. Kim teaches Studio 665 in Needham/Newton. This successful competitor, performer, teacher, judge and choreographer includes among her favorite credits: consistently finishing in the top 3 of all National Hustle Pro Jack and Jill events; 3rd Place, Professional Classic Hustle, Hustle USA 2002; a founding member, one of the original officers and currently the Regional Representative for the IHDA(International Hustle Dance Association); reviving the art of the Hustle formation team for the National Hustle events; receiving "Top Teacher Award" at Hustle USA 1997; choreographing for several Professional theatres in Mass.; making NE Regional finals for Dance Fever.
Lawrence Rush is the event host and instructor of the popular Monday night summer dance on the Pier overlooking the Hudson River called SUNSET HUSTLE
Angela McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been dancing for over 15 years. She is known for her smooth and musical style with an emphasis on partnering. Angela teaches privates and group classes, performs and competes in the Hustle, West Coast Swing, and Country circuits. Overall, she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for dancing and helping others to improve their technique and confidence. She was the IHDA's Female Am Point Leader for the 2006-2007 season, and subsequently turned Pro. Since then she has achieved many titles with several different partners. She runs her own studio in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Angela is also co-founder of Sparklage Productions, as well as co-choregrapher the Divalicious dance team, along with Stephanie Risser. Checkout our her 5th annual event, "Swustlitious," the Ultimate Social Crossover, at www.sparklage.com (Oct 14-16th). Angela also specializes in event management and competition assistance, relying heavily on her professional experience in IT and Project Management.
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