Invited staff at the ny hustle congress

, Producer, 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. Miss Brizzi’s legendary dance events include the "NY Hustle Congress", now in it's 11th year, over 20 years of "Millennium Dance Parties", 4 years of "Millennium Dance Cruises" and most recently, host of the legendary "Hustle Jam" Dance Parties Monday Nights at EPA Dance NYC.
Voted "Person of the Year" for 6 years by the readers of DanceTalk, the country's largest newsletter for hustle dancing. Lori started teaching when she became hooked on the hustle and social dancing. She then branched off to all different styles of partner dance. She has won numerous dance championships in International Latin, Theater Arts, and Cabaret, and is a 3 time winner of the Zacharay's Dance Contest. She was a featured performer of such prestigious dance companies as American Ballroom Theater and Swing Dance America. She has performed at Lincoln Center, the Rainbow Room, the Copacabana, Latin Quarter, and other NYC night clubs. She has also made numerous TV and movie appearances and was featured for her work in the Hustle community in the documentary "Crime Cutz" which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. 
Lori has taught and performed all over the world: in Germany, for Club Med, on Norwegian, Carnival, Holland America, Royal Carribbean and Costa cruise lines. 
A renewed love of Hustle inspired her to start Millennium Dance Jam parties in NYC featuring Hustle, Salsa, West Coast Swing and Ballroom dancing.

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. They both started dancing when they were children.
Kelvin 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 also 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.

Creator and Executive Director of May I Have This Dance curriculum and dance studio, Nino has taught Hustle, West Coast Swing, Salsa, and Ballroom for over 27 years.  He and his partner, Dawn, have won professional championships at numerous Hustle events including DiscoAmerica, Swing Dance America, and the World Hustle Championships, but they are most proud of developing one of the fastest-growing hustle communities out of Chicago and the wonderful students they teach and dance with every day.

Senior Instructor at the prestigious May I Have This Dance based out of Chicago, Dawn has been teaching Hustle, WCS, & Salsa for over 15 years. She and her partner, Nino, have won professional championships at numerous Hustle events including DiscoAmerica, Swing Dance America, and the World Hustle Championships, but they are most proud of developing one of the fastest-growing hustle communities out of Chicago and the wonderful students they teach and dance with every day.

As an International dance coach for the past 45 years Paul Pellicoro has been credited with numerous accolades in the dance community.

Producing and teaching other authentic street-dance styles such as Mambo/Salsa, Argentine Tango, are to name just a few. 

He is most well known for the creation of his world-famous DanceSport Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio located in the heart of NYC. Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport taught more genres of dance then any other dance studio. His DanceSport NYC has been acknowledged as the mecca of the New York Hustle. Hustle done well is a truly ZEN experience once you apply Paul’s simple secrets to this wonderful street dance he calls the NY STYLE “3-COUNT HUSTLE”.

Tybaldt Ulrich has been teaching partner dancing since the mid 90’s, and has had the good fortune to study with masters of WCS, Hustle, Carolina Shag, Lindy, Balboa, Zouk, Lambada, Argentine Tango, Ballroom, and Salsa. A champion in Hustle and WCS, and performer of many styles, he understands the skills which bring freedom to most dancers, as well as what makes each dance unique.  Having a degree in Ethnomusicology, with an emphasis on Ghanaian and West African diaspora music, he brings a deep understanding of musicality and musical structures. As a social dancer, he is committed to teaching solid partnering skills and adaptability (kindness) to social or performance dancing. 

Veronica Castilla is a well rounded dancer. Her humble beginnings consisted of training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Flamenco and Hip Hop. In 2005 Veronica decided to take her training to the next level by taking ballroom classes at New York City's Paul Pellicoro's DanceSport. While at DS she was partnered up with lifts and tricks specialist Rainer Trubiere. Through that partnership they were able to win multiple widely recognized hustle titles across the country for several years. Now known for her attention to detail on lifts and tricks and also recognized as one of the most efficient hustle dancers today, Veronica has the perfect blend that has attracted many students to want to learn her particular style of hustle. Influenced by prior hustle pioneers and wanting to keep the dance alive she has put the majority of her focus on helping the hustle communities come together, develop, and grow to a much larger scale. 

Not only is she a well known Professional Hustle dancer… Veronica has had an extensive Professional salsa career as well. Along with many World Salsa Titles under her belt, Veronica was recently a featured Salsa dancer in the blockbuster movie In The Heights by Actor, Rapper, Composer, Playwright and Filmmaker, Lin Manuel Miranda.

Abdiel (they/them) is an avid Hustle dancer, educator, researcher and community leader dedicated to the cultural preservation and creative expansion of Hustle. In 2019, Abdiel and their dance partner, Kristine Bendul, made history becoming the world’s first professional “male-female" couple to compete as Gender Neutral in DanceSport ballroom competition. They have taught their gender neutral approach to partner dance at The Juilliard School, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California Irvine and currently teaching as a Pre Doctoral Lecturer at the University of Washington. Abdiel is a former Principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company and was also a Fulbright Specialist. (instagram: @justabdiel)

Maria Torres’ extensive career as director, choreographer, instructor, and Producer began as a critically acclaimed performer, contributing choreography while performing in the film Dance, with the six-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical Swing and Me!. Torres was nominated for a 2018 Ovation Award for Best Choreography for Luis Valdes’ Zoot Suit, is a Lucille Lortel & Carbonell nominee of Four Guys named Jose’, The Donkey Show and Celia, the musical based on the life of the late Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Torres received accolades as Associate Choreographer for the Broadway & Touring productions of On Your Feet, the Oscar-nominated film Enchanted, the musical film Idlewild, the showcase for the Tony Award-winning In The Heights, and as a resident choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance. Torres also co-conceived, choreographed, and directed the Magic Of Salsa Kingdom and Off-Broadway hit Latin Heat. Recently, she directed and choreographed the new musical Havana Music Hall, Sol of El Barrio, and served as dance consultant for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway. Torres is an Artist in Residence at The Rosetta LeNoire Amas Musical Theater, Trustee of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), a proud executive board member of the Stage Directors, and Choreographers Society, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. Her life is documented in the Dance Oral History Project at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Joey Lulenski has been dancing his way to the top in the ballroom and Latin world for the last 30 years. Before that, he studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and has taught at the top-performing art studios and workshops throughout the Tri-state area. As well as teaching, Joey was the lead dancer and captain for a well-known performance troupe that has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Joey had the privilege of performing with artists such as Liza Minnelli, The Village People, and Sherman Hensley to list a few. He has been trained by some of the top coaches in the Ballroom and Latin dance world. With his passion and love of dance, it is his honor to share his gift of dance with his students, whether they come for private lessons, coaching, social dancing, or competitive dancing. Joey has been a featured instructor at many Ballroom and Latin dance events throughout the states. 

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