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Mark James & Karen Lupo

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Connequot Library Show
Connequot Library Show
NYE - Performance
NYE - Performance
Sheraton Parsippany
Star Dust Dance weekends 2004-2005-2006
Star Dust Dance weekends
2004-2005-2006
Nevele - Kutsher's - Kutsher's
"Mark James and his dance partner Karen Lupo performed at the Vanderbilt Museum and Estate to the delight of our guests. He is a seasoned professional who knows how to entertain audiences and spark everyones appreciation for the art of dance."
- Lance Reinheimer - Executive Director - Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium - Review

Educational - "He is the best teacher ever! He does everything he can to make sure you keep your A in the class. The class is enjoyable and I would recommend this class to anyone!"
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Long Beach Library Show
Long Beach Library Show
Rhythm Express Article part 1
Rhythm Express Article part 1
Rhythm Express Article part 2
Rhythm Express Article part 2
"BEST DANCE TEAM ON LONG ISLAND - Mark and Karen do it all. Fantastic performers who can create any type of dancing display you need. They are an elegant and claasy team. Whether Its a beautiful waltz or sexy salsa or hustle, Mark and Karen will give your event sophistication and class. Their routines include lifts and spins and are breathtaking. I cannot say enough about them. They worked with my group on pricing and were honest and delivered what they promised. I highly recommend them. "
- Frank R (GS) - Corporate Event - Review

Educational - "unbelievably great experience, sparked my interest further in the world of dance."
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Micky B Endorsement - 50 sec
Patchogue Theater

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12 News - South America Diversity
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"Connetquot Library Performance - I attended the performance of Mark James and Karen Lupo at the Connetquot Library last November. The show was very entertaining and quite amazing with their exquisite ballroom dancing, spellbinding lifts and unique talent for telling stories through dance. I very much enjoyed the event especially the costumes, the music, the magic and the way they presented an exciting broad way type show to the delight of the whole audience. "- Bobby M (GS) - Review

Educational - "What an intersting class I had a lot of fun in his class he makes u want to learn and he's corny which makes it even better. He does it step by step & it is so easy. An easy A!"
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2012 Stardust Dance Weekend
2012 Stardust Dance Weekend
Honor's Haven (was FallsView Resort)
SUNY - Tabler Arts - Stony Brook
SUNY - Tabler Arts - Stony Brook
Star Dust Dance weekend 2013
Star Dust Dance weekend 2013
Honor's Haven (was FallsView Resort)
"Mark and Karen put on an incredible show! @ Long Beach Library! - Mark James and Karen Lupo took the audience on a tour around the world exploring the culture of different people through dance. My wife thoroughly enjoyed this performance. Mark also added a "touch of magic" to the presentation. Two thumbs up!"
- Stephen C. Pagano - Adjunct Professor - Five Towns College - Musical Director - Hofstra Entertainment - Review

Educational - "AMAZING PROFESSSOR! I looked forward to his Club Dance class every monday night! He is so nice and helpful, he makes jokes and is a very inspirational person. I would take any of his classes in a heart beat. It is impossible to fail this class unless you never go. This class changed my life and made me realize how much I love to dance!"
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MickeyB Event Performance
MickeyB Event Performance
Patchogue Theater
Video Above
2010 Stardust Dance Weekend
2010 Stardust Dance Weekend
Honor's Haven (was FallsView Resort)
2004 Benefit
2004 Benefit
"Mark and Karen performed exceptionally well at our diversity event, our diversity event, beyond our expectations. They brought excitement and entertained our audience with their incredible dancing skills. I would recommend them for any functions. Thank you" - Video Above - Ed DeSanto - Corporate Payroll/Time Manager - St Batnabas Hospital - Bronx - Review

Educational - "Very fun class!He dances with you in addition to you dancing with the other peopl and gives you A LOT of help.If you don't understand something though tell him right away.But even if you don't say anything he'll notice:P the people in my class are SUPER friendly and we all get along!It's a great gym class if you hate sports."
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Vanderbilt - 2013
Vanderbilt Estate - 2013
St Barnabas - Diversity Performance
St Barnabas - Diversity Performance
Video Above
Vanderbilt 2012
Vanderbilt Estate - 2012
"As the owner of Stardust Dance Productions, Ltd since 2008, I have had the pleasure of working with Mark James and Karen Lupo. They are skillful performers. Their performances invoke tears, laughter, and amazement and heighten your sense of appreciation for the hard work and dedication invested in the art form we call ballroom dancing. I find I get lost in their performance as their energy is infectious and sensual and they have an intimacy in their every spin, gesture and glance."
- Linda S. Gilberg – Stardust Dance Productions, Ltd - owner - Weekends & Cruises - Review

Educational - "If you need to take a gym, take social dance with James. He is great. I never danced a day in my life and got an A in his class."
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1009802_10152112Dancing in th Streets 2013
Dancing in the Streets 2013
NYE Testimonial 2013-14
NYE Testimonial 2013-14
Reference - Jean Ann SCCC
Reference - Jean Ann SCCC
"It is with the greatest pleasure that I review the absolutely fantastic performance that this team did at my corporate party. I have been hiring entertainers for the last 4 yrs for this annual celebration & never before have I had the fortune of finding 1 dance team, who could perform every style of dance I requested. Rather than hire 2/3 teams as I have had to do in the past, this time, I did not have to look beyond Mark & Karen, thereby significantly cutting the cost of the entertainment. They performed a phenomenal sexy salsa, a magically romantic Argentine tango, and a 40s style swing. The audience sat mesmerized as Mark & Karen astounded us !!" - Ani R (GM) - Corporate Event - Review

Educational - "He very nice. Introduces you to different types of dances. Fun to learn new things but its slow moving b/c he wants to make sure everyone gets it. For the quizzes you have to be able to do the dance moves he taught. Very easy class."
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Stardust in the City - performance
Stardust in the City - performance
PJ Arts Council 2004
PJ Arts Council 2004
Deer Park International Night 2009, 2010
Deer Park International Night 2009, 2010
"This group did a fantastic job!"
Joan L (GM) - Hampton House Party - Argentine Tango - Review

Educational - "Prof James is such a nice guy. I have realy enjoyed his Club Dance. I didn't know exactly what I was getting into when I signed up ust that I needed a gym, but I'm so happy I took this. He makes learning dance fun. And goes over it for those of us (me) who aren't cooridnated." - Ratings & Verified Student Reviews @ Rate my Professor - Click Here

Malaysian Junior Stars TV
Malaysian Junior Stars TV
Ammermann SCCC Artcle 2
Ammermann SCCC Artcle 2
Star Dust Dance weekend 2008
Star Dust Dance weekend 2008
Hudson Valley Resort
"Ballroom Dancing at Vanderbilt Museum - Mark and Karen were the highlight at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum' s 2013 summer night of music, dancing and entertainment under the stars. Their spirited ballroom dance performance delighted and thrilled the audience. At the Vanderbilt's annual clambake, Mark doubled as DJ and performer (along with his talented partner, Karen). Mark's ability to select just the right music to motivate guests to get up and unto their feet. "
- Lance Reinheimer (GS) - Executive Director - Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium - Review

Educational - "The Professor is amazing. He has the funniest jokes which keeps the class laughing and everyone is so comfortable around each other. He grades easy as long as you try and you have fun. It is a great experience for not only dancers but for everyone."
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Stage Coach article Newsday
Stage Coach article Newsday
Hustle Congress - Judge - Lecturer
Hustle Congress - Judge - Lecturer
BUCD Anniversary Performance
BUCD Anniversary Performance
Educational - "Great teacher! Just show you and try your best and you will do fine. Don't be late or use phone in class and he will love you! Def would take again great experience."
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"Very professional, accommodating, breath-taking, brought everyone to their feet with amazement. They succeeded my expectation and beyond, and especially the dance they choreographed in memory of my twin sister, brought tears to my eyes and all my guests a moment I will treasure always and NEVER forget!!!!!!! Karen & Mark are truly #1 in their field. Anyone who is interested in hiring a Ballroom Dancers, look no further, Karen & Mark are the couple you are looking for. I would hire them again in a flash. You w/b truly HAPPY with your decision. Not only are they professional in Dancing,but, also in communication. Karen & Mark, Thank You again. I will never forget u." - Rosalie M (GM) - Review

Hustle Congress - judge - lecturer
Hustle Congress - judge - lecturer
Monfront 2010 performance
Monfront 2010 performance
Sachem Kindergarten
Sachem Kindergarten
Educational - "Took both his dance classes and loved every minute. Had no previous dance experience, but that didn't matter. He's a very technical instructor with a great eye and is a true professional. Always helpful and lenient so long as you put in the effort and don't use your phone during class. Absolutely worth taking both his classes if you can."
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"M & K were a dream come true. I was married this October 2013 and had the privilege of hiring this beautiful couple for the diner portion of my wedding. Not only were they professional but the craftsmanship and passion displayed through there dancing brought the event to a higher level. My guests are still raving about them. I highly recommend them, they are a must-have for wedding entertainment and would not hesitate to use them again. Thank you M & K Love you Karen" - Tiffany - Bride (GS) - Review

Sachem Kindergarten 2
Sachem Kindergarten 2
Sachem Kindergarten 3
Sachem Kindergarten 3
Sachem Kindergarten 4
Sachem Kindergarten 4
"Mesmerizing Dancing - I attended the November 2013 Stardust weekend only to see the dance team of Mark James and Karen Lupo perform. They opened with a riveting energetic, sexy salsa that left me breathless. That number was followed with a beautifully executed, romantic, flowing, melodic waltz, danced to “A Time for Us.” They ended with an emotional theater arts routine danced with intensity and passion to “Unchained Melody.” The versatility of this team is apparent by their perfect execution of such diverse dances as those performed so flawlessly at Stardust." - Tina D. (GS) - Review

Disco America - judge - lecturer
Disco America - judge - lecturer
Sachem Kindergarten Thank You
Sachem Kindergarten Thank You
Suffolk Zone - Guest Lecturer
Suffolk Zone - Guest Lecturer
"Karen and Mark were amazing, very easy to work with, approachable and reachable. We were happy to work with them at our college event, they did more than what we expected and they kept everyone engaged and entertained. Would completely recommend them for entertaining and teaching!"
- Kenny C - Hofstra University - Diversity & Cultural Event (GM) - Review

Sachem Kindergarten pixs
Sachem Kindergarten pixs
Ammermann SCCC Artcle
Ammermann SCCC Artcle
Deer Park Thank you
Deer Park Thank you
"As the retired founder and president of Stardust Dance Productions I had many occasions to invite Mark James and Karen Lupo to perform and teach for us. - Their dance programs were always extremely well choreographed and creative, and greatly enjoyed by our audience. Because of their popularity, they were our most frequently booked dance team. - Their teaching skills were outstanding. We were always proud to have them listed as members of our dance faculty."
- Leonard Moss – founder & past president - Stardust Dance Productions, Ltd - Review

Ammermann SCCC Article
Ammermann SCCC Article
Stage Coach Thank yous
Stage Coach Thank yous
Hunger Thank You
Hunger Thank You
"Mark James and Karen Lupo's outstanding performances help to transport the audience on an imaginary visit to various countries (all over the world) through their multi-cultural celebration of dance.!" 
- Stephen C. Pagano - Adjunct Professor - Five Towns College - Musical Director - Hofstra Entertainment - Review

Stage Coach Thank you
Stage Coach Thank you
SCCC Thank You
SCCC Thank You
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2009 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2009 - lecture
"As Mark James and Karen Lupo entered the dance floor, the audience could feel their energy…smooth and sensual. Then an audible gasp from the audience as Mark effortlessly lifts Karen into the air. The dance performance was the highlight of the evening, with graceful strength, emotional connection, and skillful dancing."
- Nancy Marshall - Stony Brook University Dance Club - Professor, Dept of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology - Review

Stage Coach Article
Stage Coach Article
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2008 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2008 - lecture
Stage Coach Thank yous
Stage Coach Thank yous
"Mark and Karen and their Elegance of Dance presentations were the best we have seen. Our group looked at several teams to provide some entertainment for our annual event. We chose them for their entertainment value including beautiful costumes, awesome moves and lifts. They were great to do business with: honest, fair pricing and took the time to tailor their presentation to our theme and audience. Would definitely recommend them." - Robert M - Review

SCCC Article
SCCC Article
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone VP of Dance
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone VP of Dance
DanceeTacher of the Year
Dance Teacher of the Year
"Mark James and Karen Lupo have reached the pinnacle of our profession. They maintain Ballroom Dancing in the art form that it deserves. They are among a handful of colleagues that makes me proud to be a Ballroom Dance Teacher."
- Alfonso Triggiani - Touch Dancing Dance Studios & TV Show –- Creator of Argentine Tango NDCA Syllabus - Review

Stage Coach Thank yous
Stage Coach Thank yous
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2004 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2004 - lecture
Thank You SCCC students 2013
Thank You SCCC students 2013
“Amazing Evening enjoyed by everyone! - Mark and Karen's performance at the Riverhead Free Library was truly awesome! The show had everyone at awe with their dancing skills, moves & lifts, laughing at their wit and jokes and astonished they knew magic as well! The applaud, laughter and smiles coming from the audience was as indicator that this was an evening we will all remember."
Nancy Farmer - Riverhead Free Library 5/2014 - Program Director (GS) - Review

Stage Coach Thank yous
Stage Coach Thank yous
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2003 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2003 - lecture
Pam - student - reference
Pam - student - reference
Key To A Successful Party! -Working with M&K-Dance&Magic Zone was a wonderful experience. Not only were they beautiful dancers and entertaining to watch, but Mr. James ability to engage the audience and get them to participate in the dancing made the evening a success!"
Carla Jennings - Northport Yacht Club 3/2014 - Latin American Salsa Evening - Corporate (GS) - Review

Stage Coach Thank you
Stage Coach Thank you
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2012 - VP of Dance
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2012 - VP of Dance
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2013 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2013 - lecture
"The performance was very entertaining and both Mark and Karen were extremely professional. They engaged the audience with a salsa lesson, which you could tell was fun for everyone. I definitely recommend using them"
Maria Bouzas - Director of International Programs - Seton Hall University - Review

Educational - "He's very nice, good class, good teacher....."
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NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2012 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2012 - lecture
Stage Coach Article
Stage Coach Article
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2011 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2011 - lecture
Educational - "Professor James is a really nice person. Before taking Club Dance, I had no real experience with dancing, nor did I have any rhythm, but now, I feel comfortable dancing in front of anybody. Very easy class."
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NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2013 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2013 - lecture
Carla - Student Thank You
Carla - Student Thank You
SCCC article
SCCC article
Educational - "Awesome teacher. Makes you feel very comfortable. Teaches you the dances step-by-step, which you review so many times that it's hard not to get it. The final is extremely easy. Try not to miss class though, it makes it a lot harder to get back on track. It's almost impossible to not do well in this class. Just dance..."
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NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2011 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2011 - lecture
Steve - Karen - Thank You
Steve - Karen - Thank You
Art - SCCC - Reference
Art - SCCC - Reference
Educational - "I love this guy.. I had him for Club dance; he's really nice and cool; teaches you dance patterns step by step; and makes you feel really comfortable in his class; highly recommended. If you miss a class, to make it up, you can just go to one of his performances at some jewish place in wantagh where he is a ballroom dancer."
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Ken - student - Thank You
Ken - student - Thank You
Thank you Charity
Thank you Charity
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2012
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2012
Educational - "nice class. i had so much fun in club dance. hes funny. we learned a lot. final is mad easy. dont miss class, u'll fall behind"
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David - Reference
David - Reference
SCCC Salsa Thank you
SCCC Salsa Thank you
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2012 - lecture
NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone 2012 - lecture
Educational - "I had him for social dance. He is a great teacher. He knows a lot and makes you feel so comfortable! He is so understanding and is fun."
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Fran - Reference 1
Fran - Reference 1
Fran - Reference 2
Fran - Reference 2
Jean Ann SCCC - Reference
Jean Ann SCCC - Reference
Educational - "HE IS THE BEST TEACHER. HE MAKE YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN HIS CLASS. HE IS VERY PROFFESSIONAL. IT IS VERY EASY TO GET AN "A" YOU JUST HAVE TO GO TO CLASS AND DANCE. HE IS A FUN TEACHER."
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NCL - Thank You
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Thank You
NCL - Thank You 2
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Thank You 2
NCL - Thank You 3
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Thank You 3
Educational - "Really cool guy. often strange but such a nice guy. The class is a super easy A. Basically show up and you got at the very least a B. If you have rhythm you got and A!"
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Ronnie & Carolyn - Recommend
Ronnie & Carolyn - Recommend
Rotary - Thank You
Rotary - Thank You
Steve's - Reference - SCCC
Steve's - Reference - SCCC
Educational - "What an intersting class I had a lot of fun in his class he makes u want to learn and he's corny which makes it even better. He does it step by step & it is so easy. An easy A!"
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Best testimoials_m&k_use this one
Best testimoials_m&k_use this one
Linda - Reference
Linda - Reference
Sachem Kindergarten Pixs
Sachem Kindergarten Pixs
Educational - "Makes corny jokes but an overall nice guy. It's a fun class."
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