2019 All Star Staff

 

Ron Bess

MC

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'.​

Deborah Hampton

Debra has been dancing, teaching, performing, choreographing and judging for over 40 years. With a strong focus on technique, Debra's teaching style is both fun and informative with an easy to grasp explanation of each movement.  She was one of the originators of Hustle USA, the countries first all Hustle Dance Weekend, paving the way for other Hustle events, such as Disco America.   Debra is the recipient of the Eddie Vega award.  She is a 2 time Champion of Disco America, has received several Top teacher awards and has been very successful with her Pro-am students over the years. 

Wingo Hom

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, Pennsylvania 
2006 Amateur Male Hustle Dancer of the Year
Over 600 first place titles 
33 Jack and Jill first place awards
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.

In 2009 he joined Stardust Dance Productions and was the recipient of the 2014 Employee of the Year Award.

 

Telephone: 917-817-2020 E-mail: WingoStarDancer@aol.com Website: WingoStarDancer.com

 

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Steven James

Steven’s love of movement began on the stage. A graduate of Brock University, with an Honours BA in Theatre, he toured the world with the internationally acclaimed Canadian company Theatre Beyond Words before moving to Toronto and discovering dance. Steven has taught American style Ballroom and Rhythm at several studios across Toronto for over 10 years and he is a certified member of the Canadian Dancesport Federation. He dances and actively competes in both Hustle and West Coast Swing and supports both communities at home and on tour. He teaches private and group classes at Joy of Dance Studio where he met Annie Lebedeva and recently began performing and competing in the professional Hustle divisions of several events in Canada and the United States. They are both thrilled to be joining the staff at Disco America this yeardd Description here

Jameson Kilburn

(PA), is co-owner of Top Hat Dance Studios of Philadelphia and Lancaster where he can be found teaching group classes and private lessons in Ballroom, Latin, Swing, & Hustle. For the past 10 years Jameson has continued to study, teach, compete, and perform in the arena of professional partner dancing. Recently Jameson received a score of "Highly Commended" on his certification examinations in International Standard dancing with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Jameson is also a proud member of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and has been an active board member of the International Hustle Dance Association (IHDA) for the past 4 years. He can be seen at many different dance events throughout the country teaching, judging, performing, and competiting and is best known for the way in which he "de-mystifies" the technical side of partner dancing to make it obtainable by everyone. 

Annie Lebedeva

Originally from Estonia and having lived and trained in England, Annie has been in the dance industry for 25 years. Her training and background includes International Ballroom & Latin as well as American Smooth & Rhythm and she is a certified member of the Canadian Dancesport Federation. From competitive circuit to performing and choreographing for various projects, coaching amateur dancers and competing Pro-Am with her students, she is now settled in Toronto for the past 5 years. Since moving to Canada, Annie has been training and competing in Pro Hustle with Steven James. They regularly perform together, teach and share their passion for Hustle in the Toronto dance community.

Daniel McGee

(PA), founder and co-owner of Top Hat Dance Studios in Philadelphia and Lancaster as well as Top Hat Dance Studio School of Ballet. Since its grand opening in 1995, the strength of Top Hat Dance Studio has been attributed to his abilities, both as a dancer and an instructor. For over 15 years, Daniel has continued to teach, perform and compete in the Ballroom, Latin, and Hustle dance forms. He is currently one of the top ranked competitors in the country and undefeated in the Pro/Am Theatre Arts Hustle division. Daniel is currently on the board of the International Hustle Dance Association. In addition, Daniel received his Associate certification in International Standard with a "Highly Commended" score by the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) in 2007. In 2008, Daniel recieved, "with Honors" his ISTD Licentiate Theatre Arts certification. Daniel is also a member of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). 

Scott & Gayle Michielli

Scott started his dancing career by first taking Hustle group classes at Top Hat Dance Studio back in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he competed in his first Pro/Am competition at Hustle USA 2001. Since then, he has been an avid competitor on the Hustle scene for more than18 years. Scott diligently worked his way through the ranks starting out as a Novice competitor and turning professional in August 2013. He has been on staff at the New York Hustle Congress, Disco America and taught Hustle workshops at various venues in New Jersey and PA, as well as, performing showcases at the Annenberg Center for the Dancing with the Stars Tour, The Kimmel Center and the Taj-Mahal. He was part of the weekly Professional rotation at Michael’s cafe. His warm and friendly teaching style attracts dancers of all levels. Scott is skilled at breaking down lessons without allowing them to become complicated. His approach is to teach good technique that dancers can then apply. Scott has continually demonstrated a commitment and dedication to personal improvement and growth in his own dancing. For the past three years, he has competed both as a professional in the Pro/Am Strictly and Routine divisions starting out with Classic Hustle and elevating to the Theatre Arts division. More recently, he competed in the Open Professional Division at Disco America 2018. Scott continues to advance his development as a dancer through rigorous training and coaching. He has been on staff at The Atrium Studio in NJ, teaches independently in the PA/NJ areas and is on staff at Top Hat Dance Studio.

 

 

Gayle started her dancing career at the ripe old age of 4 years when she began studying ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics for more than 30 years. At 17 years old, she became a professional jazz, tap and acrobatic dancer and spanned a career that lasted 15 years. She performed for the USO for eleven years and various foundations such as Polio and the March of Dimes. She ran three dance schools for children whom she taught ballet, tap, acrobatics and jazz for over 35 years. She has also taught adult aerobics and jazz dancing. She was the choreographer for the Spins Line Dance Team that featured Country Western line dancing which included jazz and some acrobatics. She has a broad range of dancing experience which includes Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, and Rhumba. In 2007, Gayle developed a love for Hustle and started her competitive journey. As an amateur, Gayle shined on the dance floor. Her smile is simply captivating and lights up an entire room. She transformed her Hustle dancing in 2015 when she began to study the rudiments of Cuban motion and received recognition as a result of her accomplishments on the competitive dance floor, most notably at Disco America. She performed at the Annenberg Center as the opening number for the Dancing with the Stars Tour, the Kimmel Center, the Taj-Mahal, Sesame Place, the New Jersey Aquarium and the Philadelphia Art Museum. She continues to strive for excellence through her continued efforts to learn Cuban movement and musicality in dance. She has taught Hustle at The Atrium and Disco America. She is currently on staff at Top Hat Dance Studio.

Diane Nardone

Diane K Nardone, known as the “Queen Bee” of Hustle, began dancing Hustle in the early 70’s with the Hustle Kings dance troupe.  She began teaching at the famous Dale Dance Studios in  New York, and went on to open her own dance studio.  She is known for her lead and follow skills, and ability to break down footwork and patterns to raise your level of dance.  She has appeared in the motion pictures “Saturday NightFever”, “Carlitto’s Way,” and more.  She currently teaches group and private lessons runs both a Hustle Dance Party and a Mixer every month.  Diane is also the event director of the “World Hustle Dance Championships” being since 2000  For more information, please visit her website at: www.dkndance.com email dkndance@verizon.net or call or text Diane 201 566-2222.

Louie Orlando & Elizabeth Darchi

With many years of extensive dance repertoire and experience as Competitors, Instructors, Choreograher and Film/TV Industries, Louis and Beth’s workshops are fun and informative where they have a chemistry that will have you wanting more. They strive to introduce their innovative funky/rhythm and creative style in Hustle by utilizing not only Classic Disco music but by introducing new Hip-Hop and R&B music. Their diverse style has been the hallmark of their career.

Kelvin Roche & LoriAnn Greenhouse

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. Kelvin, with a Latin background, 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. Since the age of 4, Loriann 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.

Mary Rosa

Bio to come.

Jaime Serna

Jaime has been competing on the national Hustle circuit for the past 22 years holding numerous titles as an amateur and several since becoming a professional. Jaime learned by training and competing with several of the top Hustle Legends/Dancers/Instructors of years past. Since becoming a Hustle Pro, Jaime has taught Hustle classes and workshops at various dance studios in New Jersey and at Dancesport New York City. He is currently teaching independently in the tri-state area. He has been on staff at Disco America, IHSC, World Hustle Dance Championships, New York Hustle Congress, Swing Dance America, Mad Jam and Swing Fling. 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 in Pro/Pro and Pro/Am's with his students receiving top honors at 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 believes in using traveling patterns to move around the floor to show footwork and flair.

Erica Smith

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.

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