The International Hustle Salsa Competition brings together an eclectic group of today’s dance stars – all very accomplished with their own unique style. Whether you’re a beginner or an established professional, our workshops are sure to offer just the class you seek.

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"Live for Salsa"


Luis Aguilar & Anya Katsevman
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Victor Contreras & Katia Morales, (Montreal) Two time Canadian Salsa Champions 2007/2008, Victor and Katia (directors of Comomango Mtl) recently placed 4th at the World Salsa Championships 2009 in their category. They have represented Canada at numerous congresses and events in Mexico, Egypt, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Bermuda and all over Canada and Quebec. They have won 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in numerous competitions around the globe in both Hustle and Salsa, defining them amongst the best dancers in Montreal and in Canada. In May 2009, Victor and Katia placed 3rd at the World Professional Hustle Championships in Miami, and later placed 1st in the Hustle division at the New York Hustle congress 2009.
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D&G, bio to come.
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Nelson Flores, as producer and director of Latin Madness, Nelson was instrumental in the development of this creative project. It is no surprise that one of the concepts of Latin Madness was born out of Nelson's love of comedy and Latin dance. Prior to embarking into the world of Latin dance Nelson was involved in the production of comedy shows. As a member of Laff-A-Lot Productions Nelson worked with New York's top stand-up comedians. Once he was bitten by the "Mambo Bug" Nelson began taking dance lessons with the masters of New York Mambo. He quickly moved on to become a dancer in several dance companies: Fuerza Latina, Mario Diaz Dance Revue and the Santo Rico Dance Company. Today in addition to being one of the "Masters of New York Mambo" himself, Nelson is the director of his own dance group, the Descarga Latina Dance Company. Nelson's dancing and choreography skills have taken him to Japan, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Amsterdam, England, Peru, Germany, Canada, and throughout the United States. He has performed with Tito Puente, Tito Nieves, Celia Cruz, Fania All-Stars, India, El Gran Combo, Jose Alberto "El Canario" and various other artists. But it was his desire to combine the lightheartedness of comedy and the intensity of Mambo that gave birth to Latin Madness.
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Masacote The Masacote Salsa Dance Company has earned a remarkable reputation as one of the most lauded international ambassadors of Latin Dance and Music and is shaping the perception of Salsa and Latin Dance today. Based out of Bostonm MA, the company is led by husband and wife team Ana & Joel Masacote. The company performs to music written specifically for them by Ritmo Masacote. Ana & Joel are widely respected for their artistry and musicality. They have taken the interpretation of Salsa Dance to new heights. They have taught in 25+ countries, throughout the US and Canada. They are booked as far as a year in advance and almost every weekend in between to teach and perform around the world.
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Tito Ortos & Tamara Livolsi, Ortos J. Gutiérrez Ortiz, better known as Tito Ortos, Tito started his carrer as a Salsa Dancer by his parents initiatives. Also he is an outstanding dancer of other genres such as: Jazz, Merengue, "Bomba y Plena", Rumba, Modern Dance, among others. Since then, he has visited more than 30 cities worldwide giving performances and classes, with his wife and dance partner Tamara Livolsi. They both participates yearly in congress around the world. Tamara Livolsi, was born in Argentina but was raised in Puerto Rico, she inherited from her mother the art of dancing. With more than 20 years experience, trained in various dance disciplines like: jazz, ballet, hip hop and others, makes her a versatile dancer and instructor. She has worked for artists like: Luis Fonsi, David Bisbal, Manny Manuel, Ednita Nazario , Yuri y Wilkins among others. Both of them have participated in various television commercials, dance videos and movies such as, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights", Yellow, El Cantante: Hector Lavoe y American Gangster, as dancers. Also they own and operated Rhythms Dance Studio, with Danny Lugo choreographer.
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Raul & Yesenia Santiago, bio to come.


"WCS is in my Blood"

Arjay Centeno currently competes, judges, coaches, choreographs and teaches all over the world. He is amongst the top 5 male dancers in the swing circuit placing 3rd overall on the National Association of Swing Dance Events (NASDE) points. The NASDE tour consists of many participating events that award points to dancers for placing in high standings in Showcase and/or Classic routine divisions. Some of Arjay’s highlight winning dances include the 2009 Seattle Easter Swing Showcase division with Melissa Rutz, the Atlanta Grand Nationals Showcase division Champion with Melissa Rutz, first place at MadJam in the Invitational Jack and Jill with Tatiana Mollman, first place at Boogie by the Bay in the Champions Jack and Jill with Brandi Tobias, first place in Showcase and second place in Strictly with Sarah Vann Drake. Arjay recently teamed up with new partner Jennifer DeLuca, and the IHSC is excited to have these accomplished dancers teaching and performing together atthis year's event.
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Jennifer DeLuca began dancing at the age of five in ballet and jazz under the Royal Academy syllabus. She continued until the age of 13 when she was invited to join a college level ballroom dance team, competing and performing throughout Florida. She began learning and competing in West Coast Swing at the age of 15 - winning first place at her first national competition in the Intermediate level. Shortly thereafter, she was selected to perform as a featured dancer in the short film, "The Marionette." After completing her studies in hospitality, Jennifer started her own company, Floor On Fire, Inc. in Orlando at the age of 21. Floor On Fire held multiple annual contracts with area resorts for weekly ballroom dance classes for their guests, taught by one of three teachers on staff. Jennifer is currently performing, teaching and judging on the West Coast Swing circuit. She has placed second nationally with NASDE (National Association of Swing Dance Events) in 2007 and 2008. Jennifer also enjoys choreographing routines, teaching private lessons and workshops both domestically and abroad. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at home with her husband, Erik and their Yorkie named Lucy.
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Angel Figueroa, bio to come.
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John Lindo and Jessica Cox are two of the best-known west coast swing dancers in the world, and have garnered an astonishing number of awards and championship trophies between them. Among John's First Place competitive awards are the U.S. Open, Grand Nationals, and the coveted Phoenix Champion of Champions. Jessica has triumphed as a two-time US Open and four-time Grand Nationals Showcase Champion, and the coveted Phoenix Champion of Champions.

John & Jessica are both sought after domestically and internationally for their experience teaching and judging, and have been to more than a half-dozen countries this year alone to teach people how to swing. John resides in New Jersey, and is an influential presence in the New York City West Coast Swing scene. Jessica lives in California and is currently finishing her degree in Education.
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Robert & Nicola Royston, She started her career as a NY actor, singer, dancer working with the Oasis Theatre Company in NYC, with appearances on ABC’s “All My Children”, and in National Tours. of Musicals. He started his career as a competitive Country and Swing dancer, winning many World and US Open titles before dancing on Broadway. He is also a UCWDC Hall of Fame member.

Together they compete, teach and judge all over the world and are USA Grand National Cabaret Champions, US National Cabaret Champions, Many Time Showcase Swing Champions, Top 5 NASDE finishers, Div 1 Country Grand Champions, UCWDC Star Award winners, Champion Strictly Swing and Jack n Jill dancers, and 2011 UCWDC World Champions in the Showtime Division.

They have performed on stage’s in NYC like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Palace Theatre, and Queens Theatre in the Park, on television shows, The Today Show, NY1, ABC’s Country Music Association Awards Show, and on film in “Love n’ Dancing”. They have also worked with artists like Brooks and Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, SugarLand, Taylor Swift and Champion Ice Dancers The Kerr’s.

Robert’s Choreography can also be seen on film in “Crank 2 High Voltage” Starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart, and “Gamer” Starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall, for Taylor Swift’s music video “Love Story”, CMT 2009 Video of the Year, and on her 2009 World Tour, and most recently the opening medley of the Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS.

He has also produced stage, film and TV. Creating commercial work for many other swing and country dancers! But above all Nicola and Robert love being parents!!!
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Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich teach, choreograph, judge, and compete on the West Coast Swing and Hustle circuits. They teach group classes in New Jersey and New York, and have a combined teaching experience of over 25 years. With an emphasis on partnering essentials, they bring joy and confidence to your dancing, whether through patterns basic or advanced, complex or elegant, with groove and flow throughout. Together they will help you understand the fundamentals and add a creative edge to your Swing and Hustle dancing. As Competitors, Hazel and Tybaldt Ulrich are 2 time World Hustle Champions, and have each won Invitational Jack and Jills in WCS and Hustle, Often placing high in WCS Classic, Hustle, Cabaret, and Triple Threat (hustle/salsa/WCS) divisions. As Performers, Tybaldt and Hazel are known for their versatility, bringing power and subtlety to many dances, and showcasing regional varieties of swing- West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag, Lindy Hop, Texas Whip/Push, and Balboa to convey the richness and depth of American partner dancing.

 

 


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"Love Hustle"


Ginny Carey
(PA) Ginny is from Lancaster PA where she began dancing at the age of 2. Studying under Carolyn Trythall she completed her intermediate Cecchetti Syllabus ballet examinations and performed for 4 years with the Ballet Theater of Lancaster. While in Lancaster she was also part of the Ukraine’s Donetsk Ballet’s “Nutcracker” for 10 years, performing more than 10 roles including ‘Clara’. Her 14 years as a competitive gymnast have also had a great influence on her dancing career. After attending the University of the Arts, studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern and partnering, performance and choreography, Ginny now calls Philadelphia home. She currently teaches at Top Hat Dance Studio where she performs with ladies salsa company “Ahi Nama” and is professional competitive partners with owner Daniel McGee. Most recently they have placed in the top 3 at several competitions including IHSC, Mad Jam, Disco America, Miami Dance Magic, and Hooray for Hollywood.
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Elizabeth Darchi & Louis Orlando (NY/NJ), Elizabeth has been dancing for many years with an extensive dance repertoire with Hustle as her main love. She has taught ballroom and hustle for the Battista Dance Studio, Stepping Out Dance Studio, Sandra Cameron's Studio and Authur Murrays. Her unique style has also been recognized in front of the camera by both the film and television industries. She taught hustle workshops for the NY Julliard School of Dance, Lincoln Center Swing Fest and she was assistant instructor for the stage production of "Saturday Night Fever" in the National Theater, Santo Domingo. As a performer she has been part in many Theatrical numbers performed at many venues. As a choreograher she has been touching the realm of show productions which is attributed to Arte Phillips. She has just finished Directing and Choreographing the 2011 Disco America Show Production. She is also the proud recipient of the 2009 Arte Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award.

Louis' expert lead and rythym has gained him great exposure. Louis has judged for many events and has danced for the film and television industries. He teaches in NY/NJ as an independent instructor. Louis is now the recent recipeint of the 2011 Arte Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award.

Together their teaching is fun and informative where they have a chemistry that will have you wanting more. They are top competitors in the Pro hustle divisions. Their diverse style in Hustle has been the hallmark of their career.
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Shay Dixon is becoming well known through-out the dance community for his unique style and charisma in Partnership Dancing. His love and passion for music and dance has led to substantial success on and off the competition floor. Over the past three years, under the leadership of Ralph Ramirez & Billy Farajdo, Shay and his former partner Michelle have captured 5 Professional Championship titles and placed top 6 in the World in Cabaret at USDC (the most prestigious ballroom competition in the country). They have captured 2 Pro championship titles in Cabaret, 2 Pro Hustle Championship titles, 1 Pro Triple threat title and they won the World Hustle Championship title in 2009 at IHSC. They have also been featured performers in numerous shows across the country. Just this year, Shay was chosen by Maria Torres to represent her Dance Company in New York City at City Center. He was also the MC for the International Hustle and Salsa Competition in Miami. Shay is extremely excited about what the future holds for his dance career and has plans for being more involved with spreading Hustle and Salsa throughout the community.
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Billy Fajardo has over 30 years of dance performance experience. As a young man, he was the founder and lead performer of the Dance Dimensions, the internationally acclaimed dance company who appeared on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert from 1978-1982. He has appeared at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Radio City and numerous top venues around the world. He has worked and choreographed for numerous headliners, including Gloria Gaynor, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Bob Hope, the list goes on. Film credits include "Carlito's Way", "Cross Over Dreams", and the recently released Summer of Sam. Look for Billy on the new UPN Series “South Beach” dancing with the lovely Vanessa Williams of "Dance with Me". Go to About us page for more about Billy.
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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.
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Katie Marlow, as a performer, she has assembled a wide range of credits stretching from cabaret revues, to theatre to television and feature films. She is a member of both Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association. Beginning her performance career as a showgirl aboard the Cunard NAC Cruise Line, she later branched out to do commercials and feature films. Just a few of her credits include "A Chorus Line: The Movie" the television show "The Equalizer" and "Miami Vice". In addition to her many singular accomplishments, Katie is also half of the world renowned dance team Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlow. They are considered to be one of the most highly accomplished and versatile dance teams in the world. They are the 2002 IDO World Champions for both Hustle and Cabaret Exhibition. They are the only couple in the history of the United States to hold two concurrent world championship titles in the same year. Other titles include 2000 US Open Cabaret Champions, 1999 United States Hustle Champions, 2002 NADC Cabaret Champions. Katie is also the organizer, along with Billy, of the renowned International Hustle and Salsa Competition (IHSC) which will be going into its eighth consecutive year. Go to About Us page for more about Katie.
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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).
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Kelvin Roche & LoriAnn Greenhouse (NY) dazzle audiences all over the country with their routines that have a unique style of Latin and theatre arts. They have traveled the circuit capturing all the titles in the Hustlesphere with classic hustle routines that feature difficult lifts and tricks. Like very few couples can do, once they take the floor, they own it. They have been featured dancers in several movies including El Cantante and Enchanted . They are true performers and dance artists who also excel as instructors. Kelvin’s dance history as an accomplished competitor and focused teacher dates back to the 80’s. Lori Ann and her partner were World Hustle title-holders and appeared in motion pictures.

 

"Your DJs"

Graziano Boggiani "El Mayuka", bio to come
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Henry Knowles, DJ-- known as the #1 Salsa DJ around the world, is the DJ’s disc jockey, spinning that tension-building beat and filling dancers with ánimo. Henry tours the world, organizes his own events and has been working with the most important names in the Latin music industry promoting, as well as managing, some of the best salsa performers and salsa bands. His background includes working with promotions for major recording labels, such as BMG, WEA, RMM, for artist such as; Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Christina Aguilera and has also worked with representation of artist such as; Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and others. As the first official disc jockey for the Bacardi World Salsa Congress and the first world salsa congresses to ever be held around the world…Henry is the consummate professional with more than 20 years of experience catering to the serious Salsero. He has created remixes and compilations for the RMM recording label, including the popular Bacardi Salsa Congress compilation, which is still sold in record stores around the world. Henry has worked as a disc jockey, master of ceremonies, sound engineer, video jockey and promoter in major nightclubs and venues around the world throughout his career span. DJ Henry Knowles' career nearly translates into Salsa evangelism as he spreads the beat and his love for Salsa rhythms on a global scale. His extensive travels include appearances in over 30 countries and 100 cities throughout the United States, Canada, Caribbean, European Regions, Mediterranean, Mexico, Central and South America — even Asia.

 


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