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DanceTalk * 4-29-08


Happy Birthday wishes to Alysa Haas, Silvia Piccinini, Daryl Polansky, Wendy Lippincott, Lenny Osgood,  Jason Richman, Ariana Young, Sheri Barnes,  Bobbi Petri,  Anita Giacone, Nancy Carillo, Tony Pace, Frank Pellici,  Jie Du, Anthony Sario, Marina Perado and Steven Mitchell. 

One of the finest choreographers of all time, George Ballanchine passed away 26 years ago. He fused ballet with contemporary dance. He was the founder of The School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet. He was the recipient of the first Kennedy Center Honors Award in 1978. 

Saturday, May 3rd, The Ultimate Dance Zone presents, a special Cinco De Mayo dance, hosted by Mark James and Karen Lupo.  $100 door prize and an Amateur salsa dance contest $100 first prize. See more more info @

Vicki Sue Robinson passed away 8 years ago. This Philadelphia native left us many wonderful dance songs including one of the first disco classics of the era, "Turn The Beat Around." 

Get ready for the return of "So You Think You Can Dance." The season premier kicks off on May 22nd, Thursday evening on the Fox network. 

Refer a friend @ SoHo Dance Studio and get a one FREE private lesson for yourself. Sign up for our Orientation Class & receive a 1/2 hr. private lesson, both for just $20, New classes @ SoHo Dance Studio: Street Funk, Fridays@ 6:30 & Hip Hop, Fridays @ 7:30, *take both classes for only $35! (or $20/class)  598 Broadway 6th flr. NYC Phone 212-226-6767

Latin Wednesdays are back at the City Cafe in NY with DJ Johnny V, for the best in Latin dancing and a touch of hustle. Premiers April 30th. See below for details.

"Disco Classic Dance Benefit" Saturday, May 17, for the 6th Annual Ed Ryan Memorial Award @ The City Nightclub at the Radisson Hotel, New Rochelle, NY. Live performance by "First Choice" (Doctor Love, Smarty Pants) with DJ Bobby Morales, Johnny Rocks, Anthony Ace & DJ Serg.  $40 donation, hors' devours & light dinner buffet, 8:30PM show time 11PM. -  wk 914 725 0011 fax 914 725 3485

Dance images from the three-way birthday dances held at Michael's Cafe for Brian, Bryan, and Mike. Courtesy of Fred

Have you visited the Hustle Hall Of Fame recently? Check out the newest members, pictures and video's. Go to 

Since 1982, "Dance Day" is celebrated internationally. April 29th is the day to remind everyone to dance, go to a social, dance comp and make sure to bring a friend - two. 

Best of luck to all the dancers heading to Miami for the International Hustle & Salsa Championships  this weekend. It's not to late to take part. Visit the website for all the details.

The winners at last weeks Zachary's dance contest - 1st place Ozzie Larrache &   Christie Giarratani, 2nd place Angel Lopez & Lena Spurdio, 3rd place Ricco & Carmen. The next amateur competition is Friday, May 9th.

Next week in DanceTalk® we will feature the second installment of the 2008 DJ Directory courtesy of

This weeks edition of DanceTalk®. is sponsored by Swing'in Into Spring.

Make it a great week,

Nan Bohrar  R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Nan Bohrar.
Many of you remember Nan's smiling face from Stepping Out Dance Studios and from the original Hustle USA competitions. She was always there, working, competing and dedicated to making things run efficiently. She was an integral part of the hustle community. For years she had put her self out there, spreading the word of hustle in efforts to help it grow. We corresponded weekly, for years, but she never indicated to me any health problems - concerns.  Nan has been such a great help to me and the publication of DanceTalk. I will always be grateful for her help and friendship. I will truly miss her.  Below are some letters that say it best.

Hi Ron,
I’m very sorry to report to you that Nan Bohrar passed away last week.  I’m told she had a type of skin cancer which she had beaten back two years ago, but which suddenly reappeared in a very aggressive form.  Nan assisted with the HustleJam party at Stepping Out every Wednesday night, sending weekly emails about the party and selling tickets at the front door.  I understand she helped start the party with Maria Torres over a decade ago, and more recently assisted Simone Assboeck and David Padilla with the party.  She was a terrific hustle dancer, and was the leading female student in the advanced hustle dance classes at Stepping Out.  She was a welcome fixture at the Wednesday night parties, and is deeply missed by the hustle community in New York City.
Best regards,
David Slater
Amen, Amen, Amen,
Thank you for recognizing her contributions and for her unselfish efforts. She will be sorely missed by the community and by myself.
Thank you again,
Arte Phillips
Hi Ron,
I just wanted to say that Nan Bohrar was a wonderful person and instrumental in the running of Hustle USA.  She will be missed by all.
Debra Hampton

I was very sorry to here about Nan's passing. I met her when Maria Torres
and I started the original Wednesday night hustle party, not at Stepping Out,
but at the original Dance Manhattan studio on 15th St. & Irving Place back
in the winter of 1992. In Summer of '93, the party was moved to the original Stepping
Out on 57th and Broadway, where it soon became NYC's best hustle social. In 1995,
our staff grew when I invited Nelson "Paradise" Roman to join me in the DJ booth.
It was a great run. I left the staff in 2000, but the party kept on and it's still going
strong today. When Stepping Out moved to it's present location in 2002,
who was there at her customary spot at the door but Nan to greet you with a smile.
She was also very instrumental on the organizational side of 2 major
yearly events, Hustle USA and the Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing Hustle Gala. One of my fondest memories was watching her win the amateur Theater
Arts division at Hustle USA II. She was terrific.
You're already missed. R.I.P.
Bobby Morales
Hi Ron, 
  When I was first "getting my feet wet" learning to dance the Hustle, I regularly attended the Wednesday night Hustle party at Stepping Out with the same dance partner.  When Nan collected our admission fees and stamped our hands, she also recorded our names. In order to give encouragement to us as she wrote our names down, she always would say to us "Fred and Ginger."  
Robert Rothman
Dear Ron,
I am very sad to hear that Nan has passed away. Our community is at a real loss for someone who gave so much of herself and her time because she loved hustle dancing. I did not know her on a personal level but I believe she made quite a considerable contribution to hustle dancing in NYC. Besides, David, Simone and DJ Nelson, I believe that a lot of the success of the Stepping Out parties in the last few years is also due to Nan's selfless efforts. She would stay on top of me to make sure that I included all the hustle parties at Stepping Out in my email newsletters. Every week she would send out her email about the hustle parties there and she would include all of my parties and events. She has done her part to keep this dance we love thriving. I did not know she was ill and it's difficult to believe she has passed away so suddenly. It helps to remind us that life is really short and we do not have time for all of this negativity and fighting within our community that I have been reading about on the Internet lately. Thank you and God bless you, Nan.
We will miss you,
Lori Brizzi

Swing'in  Into Spring

This is the event with no evening competitions - Just social dancing. No waiting until Midnight - 1:00AM for the real social dancing to start. Event Highlights * Lots of Social Dancing, Lots of Workshops & a Little Bit of Competition, * No Evening Competitions – Social Dancing only* Beg/Novice & Inter/Adv. Workshop Tracks* Beg/Nov. Track suitable for Beg/Nov Dancers, those learning opposite part, For Instructors and dancers considering becoming instructors * Int/Adv Workshops in WCS & Hustle/Beg/Nov/Int in WCSHustle & Niteclub 2-Step* Social Dancing between all workshops, Practice & retain what you just learned * WCS Competitions - Jack'N'Jill - Newcomer, Nov, Int, Adv, - Strictly Swing - Nov/Int & Open Divisions* Don’t Miss any Workshops – Video Notebook available with all workshops & Competitions * Cash Prize for Winners in each competition. $79 Hotel rate includes Free Breakfast Buffet Sat & Sun Mornings. Swingin’ Into Spring Striking a balance between Workshops, Competition and Social Dancing. For Swingin' Into Spring, there are currently 12 hours scheduled for workshops. Two at a time (24 Total).   Workshops are set up so that the same instructor will teach at least two 1 hour workshops, sometimes 3, in succession. That way the instructor can take their time. There is a ?Hour social dance time between every workshop. One room is designated for Beg/Nov workshops that concentrate more on technique & variations of basic moves. These workshops are for newer dancers. (Especially recommended for instructors - those considering teaching).  The Main Ballroom is dedicated to the more advanced workshops. The Inter/Adv. Workshops tend to be more “Move Orientated” … with less time spent on basic technique.  The Jack-N-Jill is the epitome of social dance competition. West Coast Swing J&J Competitions for  Newcomer, Nov, Inter, Adv, All Star Jack’N’Jill’s, and an Open Strictly Swing. They are all held in the afternoon. NO EVENING COMPETITIONS. We are a World Swing Dance Council Registry Event, YOUR POINTS COUNT !!!! - Social dancing starts after the evening workshops and goes to at least 3:00AM. SO … If you are more into social dancing and learning, but still like to compete in Jack’N’Jill's … come check out the event. For more details visit -

Time capsule

The year was 1978, "Superman" appeared in theaters and introduced the world to a shining new actor, the late Christopher Reeves. "Animal House," displayed a satirical  look at college fraternity life courtesy of the late John Belushi and, folks hid under their seats when Jason appeared in the thriller, "Halloween."  The Bee Gees were given a Grammy award as "Producers of the Year" and Barry Manilow had a huge hit with “Copacabana.”
30 years ago to this week, the popular week day talkie, "The Merv Griffin Show," launched a two day promotion for the national release of the highly anticipated motion picture, "Thank God It's Friday".  What "Saturday Night Fever" did for disco, the prior year, TGIF created the same impact and enthusiasm for hustle dancing. This landmark show featured a national dance contest (the test pilot for Dance Fever) flying couples in from all over the country to compete for first place honors.  Singing sensation Donna Summer, premiered her hit song "Last Dance." The Commodores appeared in the movie and sang their classic funk "Too Hot Ta Trot."  The popular television show earned its highest ratings of all time. After winning regional dance contests, couples flew to LA for the taping. Jose Gonzales & Angie represented Philadelphia, Buddy Schwimmer "the king of West Coast Swing" and (father of Benji Schwimmer) danced as well. But the floor belonged to Floyd Chisholm & Nellie Cotto from the big apple. They would display hustle at its best, adorned in a white tuxedo they performed magically, executing tricks and the famous roll down and slide across the floor, not to mention spinning her around his neck a few times. They were crowned the King & Queen of Disco.  The dance world took notice as their dance style and tricks are still emulated today. The following year, Merv released his nationally syndicated show "Dance Fever" ...which had huge viewership ratings. As years have gone by, Donna Summer has gone onto fame & fortune, The Commodores disbanded and Lionel Ritchie went on to a successful solo career.
Merv Griffin passed away last year but, the music of the era and the hustle dance lives on today.

DanceTalk * 4-22-08


  Happy Passover

Happy birthday wishes to Ron Rochester, Irene Santini, Gene Rombola, Leroy Rathcamp,  Giorgio Moroder, Carolyn Grimaldi,  John Crescione,Carmen Wright,  Jean DelPrado  and  Teddy Dormoi. 

Thirteen years ago, we lost one of the most respected and talented dancers of the century, Ginger Rogers passed away on April 25, 1995 

We wish Alex Jack a speedy recovery. He is recuperating from surgery after a mild heart attack. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Our condolences go out to Lois Shiloh on the passing of her father. He was 91 years old. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Madonna  sets a new record with her 37th top 10 song, "4 Minutes." The new tune  features song writer/producer Justin Timberlake.

At this years IHSC, world dance champion Lisa Nunziella, will be teaching her salsa moves at this years competition. A member of the prestigious Life Time Achievement division on the Hustle Hall Of Fame, Lisa has release an entire DVD series, Dance With Lisa. 

Funky Fridays returns this Friday night to Soho Dance Studio's hosted by Lori Barzvi with resident DJ Bobby Morales. Special dance performances and hustle dancing all night long. See all the details below.

May 20th is the release date for "Crayons" the new album from song writer and legend Donna Summer. There will be a launch party in NYC on June 3rd

Its a double shot night at Michael's Cafe this Tuesday in Bensalem Pa. DJ Mark plays back to back hits from the best dance artists from the 70's to contemporary artists. No cover, free parking from 8PM to 12:30AM.

Swing Dance America takes over Wisconsin this coming weekend. Good luck to all the swing and Hustle competitors. See below for more details. 

July 18th, Mamma Mia comes to the silver screen. The musical, features the songs of ABBA. The motion picture stars Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan....

This weeks edition of DanceTalk is sponsored by the and  the Great American Jack & Jill O'Rama. Read all about it below. 

Make it a great week,

DJ Directory 2008  (part 1 of 3)

Here is the newest, comprehensive listing of the finest disc jockeys, specializing in dance music, all over the USA. Many of these pros are on the air and/or take part at the national dance events. Thank you to all these professionals for the energy they put into their work and the enjoyment they bring us. This is a three part list.
Please retain for your records when you need a top notch DJ in the future. 
The directory is brought to you by and DanceTalk®.

Randy Atlas
A Sound Trek
Miami Florida
Swing, Hustle and Salsa and Latin Music

Mike Brooks
Phila and Atlantic City
70 & 80's disco ,dance & funk plus motown & new hot jams 
609-408-3264  cell

website  http://www.BILLYCARROLL.COM
212 741 5159

Noel Colon - DJ Noel C.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Disco, Salsa, West Coast Swing, R&B, Dance, HIP HOP & Freestyle.
(954) 868-7505

Jenny Costa
City Long Island, NY
Dance Music, WKTU Mixologist
E mail -

Louis Del Prete
Long Island, NY
Ballroom, Latin, Hustle, WCS

Bob Frione
South Windsor, CT.
Dance Music - Emphasis on Disco,W.C. Swing & Latin
cell 203-605-4601

Bobby Gerard
South Florida         
Classic Dance

Michael Gormley
Philadelphia, PA
Dance, oldies to current -  mobile & club work

Christopher Hemmer  - MrDancePro
West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Swing, Hustle, Latin, Ballroom, etc.
website  -
(561) 876-1099

Rene Hewitt
Jersey City
DJ/Producer,  House and Classics

Jack & Jill O'Rama

The Great American Jack & Jill O'Rama is back. If you like to dance this is the place for you. We are talking,  an all intensive weekend of Swing dancing from June 12th to the 15th, at the Hyatt Regency in Orange County, California.  The tradition lives on as Swing dancers from all over the country attend the exciting workshops, Jack & Jill contests and dance, dance, dance  - non stop.
The music will inspire you under the careful hands of David Koppelman, Mike Pyle and Jack Smith. The weekend will be buzzing with free workshops featuring some of the top Swing dancer teachers from all over the USA. You'll be taking classes with Phil Adams, Skippy Blair, Kelly Casanova, Arjay Centeno, Luis Crespo, Gary Jobst, Deanna Mollmann, Ben Morris, Eric Myers, Lisa Narita, Mary Ann Nunez, Martin Parker, Melina Ramirez, Melissa Rutz, Manny Viarrial and Sonny Watson. The entire weekend takes place at the beautiful Hyatt Regency. With very reasonable rates of only $99 per night. Plan now as you can book your room at: (714) 750 - 1234.
Registration is only $ 115 per person if received by May 29th and $135 at the door. ALL JUNIORS ARE HALF PRICE.
World renown Swing master, Skippy Blair will be holding a five day mini - intensive from June 12th to the 16th.
All the principles of swing will be covered including better connections with your partner and the music. If your looking to lift your dancing a few notches don't miss this opportunity. You can call Skippy at (562) 869-8949
To take part in this years Great American Jack & Jill O'Rama be sure to register now. All contestants must sign up one hour before the contests. This years judges are: Phil Adams, Louise Bretz, Jack Carey, Kelly Casanova, Jackie Ford, Ton Hyatt, Gary Jobst, Ben Morris, Bram Morris, Martin Parker, Melina Ramirez,
Bess Rodriquez, Carlito Rofoli, Jim & Cathy Tigges, Manny Viarrial and Sonny Watson. 
For more details visit the website at

Letters to the Editor
(our goal is  to post readers letters twice a month, unfortunately due to space limitations we can not publish them all)

How are you, I hope you and your family had a great Easter... I really enjoyed the write up you did on Jacqueline Cruz. I remember her from the mid 80's, she was a doll..... David has some strong points in his letter to the editor section. I feel we will be the last generation dancing the hustle unless something changes quickly.
Thanks again Ron,

I agree with David Flynn. The best hustle songs from 76' -80' were fast and the music inspired us to dance. Today, the music is bland and it is all about the dance. I am usually bored @ hustle dances and find myself sitting and waiting for a classic song.I have been to dances now where they will take a classic song and slow it down so much that it is hardly recognizable.These songs are pristine and do not require any adjustments.One of these dances I asked the D.J. why the songs were so slow? He told me the teacher did not want any songs over 115 B.P.M. I have been told that the reason is they want to appeal to a younger crowd.That may be true for some but I have many good dance partners much younger than I that love the classic music.I think the solution is a combination of both styles.Don't let the music die ! Sorry, but David hit a nerve. Bob

Hi Ron,
I think what David Flynn has to say about the younger generation not being interested in our slower version of the Hustle has definite merit to it. Unfortunately, our crowd, that is now in their 50's for the most part, as opposed to being in their 20's , 30 years ago, cannot maintain dancing as speeds that we did back then. I, personally, would rather dance slower than not at all. When I'm 90, my plan is to do the beautiful slow ballroom dances like the Waltz or Foxtrot. "Dancers don't stop dancing when they grow old;
Dancers grow old when they stop dancing."

I loveeeeeee to dance esp. disco dance - one way to keep women going to the dances is to have partners for them to dance with - I see that men have a greater selection of women to dance with than the reverse.  Also people in the disco field seem to partner up and just stick with the women they know. I along with several of my friends are terrific dancers - I for one m told I m a good dancer by many people. 
I do salsa and soul line and jitterbug and cha cha - and hustle -  I m a passionate dancer, it's hard for me to go somewhere and not dance when I hear the music.  It seems that when my friends and I go out, .... we don't dance.  Most of the guys dance with women they know are good  dancers or they see all the time - which is only normal. They don't give others a chance.   As a woman, I dance with everyone even men who don't have a good beat - just to be fair. In the salsa world, every one dances with everyone - good dancers dance with not so good dancers, young with old etc - so everyone gets a chance to dance.....I don't know how to fix the problem - I do soul line dancing and what they call the bop and when I go to events - they have guys who r there strictly to dance with females (like on a cruise ship) - generally there are always more women then men.
 Hope this helps Ron

Hi Ron, this is for your readers please post,
Your editorial was very interesting. I like to attend as many dance championships as I can but for me, I have to fly since I live in Detroit. I'm one of the guys that has to cut back. It hurts me to think about not attending but like many of the dancers here we are at a cross roads and many of the plants are closing or laying off. I know it can't last forever but maybe somebody can bring a disco event to Michigan.
Tim Kane  


Hi Ron,
I'd like to respond to your editorial 'Dancing vs the Economy.'  Although most dance venues have kept their prices the same for some time, and we appreciate that, some have not and attendance has declined. I'm reluctantly bringing this to such a large forum but I have heard complaints for years now and I have also limited my visits to certain dance studio for the reasons outlined in this writing.... Pricing for socials is high, the music has not changed in years and the attendance of advanced dancers has declined dramatically., The songs are old, tired and few classics that are worth hearing repeatedly are played. Again, I apologize for bringing it to this forum but I know that many people have brought this to studio's attention in the past and yet things remain the same.  If prices were a little lower, or coupons given out when you attend a previous social would be appreciated by the repeat customers and attendance would start to increase. There are a good deal of places to dance that are free.  They may not be the optimal ballroom experience but they are starting to attract a larger dance crowd and since we all know each other, it's easy to dance and just work around the non-dancers on the floor. I only ask that this suggestion be taken into account for ALL dance venues in an effort to make them profitable and more prosperous for us all.
Thank you,

I'm glad to see some discussion opening about how we do Hustle. I think Hustle has a very big tent with room for every style and speed of the dance.  It's not a particular speed of music alone that will kill Hustle but it is politics and stubborn infighting that will surely finish it off....Folks, *everyone* is right on this topic.  Hustle works the way *you* like it.  If you're having fun, you're doing it right.  If you submit yourself to a competion, you are agreeing to be judged by the judges, and you know who they are ahead of time. Sure, everyone has their favorite way of doing Hustle, but have you ever stopped to consider just how amazingly versatile our favorite dance is?
Almost no other dance (except WCS) can work with so many styles and
tempos of music.  You can Hustle to at least all of these and and at
most of the speed ranges that you find in these genre from 95-140 BPM...If you think about the total audience for these styles of music, there is an *enormous* target market for Hustle.  People will like the dance because they will like doing it to "their" music. And it's not just the music.  You can compete or you can dance socially....
Instead of arguing about what way of doing Hustle is "correct" or "best", let's have a win:win:win for all of us and do what we can to include everything because Hustle can do it all.  Let's be willing to let everyone have something here. Event organizers, arrange for your DJs to play a wide variety of music and publish a list of the kinds they will provide.  You may boost your attendance.  Have your social sets broken into 15 minute segments of a certain type of music. Studio people, try out different kinds of music with your clients. Teachers, ask your students what they like and teach them with it.  All of us, let's organize outings to clubs and show off the best club dance there is!  I have been working on doing this in Chicago and will
probably be able to do it early this summer.
"Illinois" Paul Jones

DanceTalk * 4-15-08


Happy Birthday wishes to  Fred Fedak,  Tariq Brown,  Denise Reedman, Mike Minichello,  Michael Maloy,  Doreen Druch,  Susan Marolda, Sonya Elmore,   Theo Stafford,   Celeste Gussoni, Sal Torre, Christopher Hemmer and Tom Roberts.

Selena Quintanilla-Perez was born 37 years ago but died in the prime of her career. She was able to cross over with her music from the Latin charts to the top 40.  At only 24 years young, (13 short years ago) she was fatally shot. She was a marvel.  

Get ready for the monthly Soho Dance party, hosted by Lori Barzvi on Friday, April 25th.  There will be plenty of surprises and many pre Miami dance performance. DJ Bobby Morales will be spinning the tunes. The party starts at 10PM.   See more details below.

Singing sensation Kylie Minogue is working on a film musical. After a two year battle with cancer she is back and has released her 10th album called,  X

ABC's hit show Wife Swap  is looking for families involved in the performing arts. From meringue to tango, waltz, if you're a family of fierce dancers who knows how to strut, they are looking for you. Families featured on the show receive a $20,000 honorarium.  To apply, email 

One of the hottest new dance CDs is out, courtesy of DJ Fancy,  his April compilation. All the new dance songs including: Donna Summer - I'm a Fire, Calabria, Rihanna's Don't Stop The Music, Snoop Dog's Sensual Seduction, Alicia Key's remix of No One, .....17 songs in all. To buy e mail  

La Luna's Congress Team will be holding auditions for the new team members on Wednesday, April 30th at 9:30 PM. You must be/become a member of the studio (rehearsals will count as 2 classes per week) and have at least 1.5 years of Salsa experience. For more details visit.

To view the newest images from Fred, go to the website to see pictures from Evie Hoover Roderer's birthday party, at Michael's cafe.

Stay tuned, next week is the first installment of the 2008 DJ Directory.  A complete listing of all the top DJs from across the country. This years directory is brought to you by everyone's favorite new website

This weeks edition of DanceTalk®. is sponsored by the International Hustle Salsa Championships. Read all about it below.

Make it a great week,

Did you plan your spring break? Now is the time to make memories at this years International Hustle and Salsa Championships.....less then three weeks away. This year promises to be Xtra special as Billy and Katie have taken over the entire hotel in Miami. This is huge. A true dancers paradise. There still are some rooms available, but don't wait. The weekend will feature three ballrooms, running all at the same time, for your dancing pleasure.  The dinner show tickets are almost all gone. The famous 2008 Dance Dimensions Dinner Show takes place on Saturday evening with incredible performances by many Superstars. There is no time to procrastinate. Call now to reserve your room.  The IHSC takes place May 1-4. at the 4 star, Miami Beach Resort & Spa, right on the beach in Miami. Billy Fajardo & Katie Marlow are your hosts for this wonderful event. Four nights of amazing Social Dancing and everyone's favorite, Dancing at the Pool, for plenty of fun in the sun. There are top Instructors with over 40 Dance Workshops for all levels. To book your room contact Katie Marlow at 954-358-0168 - 954-817-3161 to reserve, - download form and fax - mail.
Last years event was so amazing, folks have been counting down the days. Your be dancing all weekend with your friends.  The competitions include Professional, Amateur and Pro-Am division in hustle, Salsa, Theatre arts, triple threat (hustle, Salsa, swing) and now an expanded Starlight Rhythms Competition all day Thursday, with performances by international Latin champions Eugene Katsevman & Maria Manusova. Don't miss the salsa Bootcamp with the one and only Edie the Salsa Freak. Reserve your seats for the Saturday night Dinner show featuring the Dance Dimensions 2008. There will be live music Friday as the Copa Night features salsa teams, ESPN World Salsa Championships qualifying round and dancing to Henry Knowles & Alberth Moreno. This year they have added a Saturday night Salsa Party with a live performance by New Swing Sextet. Saturday night you can Swing dance all evening in the separate Swing room.
Billy Fajardo was one of the original pioneers of the hustle. He is a recipient of the Life Time Achievement honor by the Hustle Hall Of Fame.( the highest honor recognized). While still a teenager, Billy had already formed his own dance company and traveled the world.  Along with Katie they have won numerous competitions: IDO World Champions in both Hustle and Cabaret Exhibition, Open Cabaret Champions, US Hustle Champions and NADC Cabaret Champions. This years staff includes: Derrick Allen & Donna DiSimone, Raul Ante, Ray Avery & Irena Griffin, Donna Boyle, Wendy & Wajih Dalal, Brian Gallagher, Silvana Gallagher, Keith & Celeste Gussoni, Debra Hampton, Jameson Kilburn, Danny McGee, Lisa Nunziella, Ralph Ramirez, Luis & Maryann Rosa, Kelvin Roche & Loriann Greenhouse, Joyce Szilli, Maria Torres, Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich, Kim Vanaman, Eddie Torres, Nelson Flores, Maribel Maldonado, Rene Gueits, Jose Lois Gutierrez, Henry Herrera, Angely Carucci, Tito Ortos & Tamara Carucci, Ismael Otero & Shani Talmor, Raul Santiago & Sergia Anderson, Carols Tellez, Jhesus Aponte, Sheila de Jesus...
With this much talent, rooms are going fast. The Miami Beach Resort & Spa is located at 4833 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. Rooms are only $149 per night, while they last. Call 954-358-0168
Register now for your spring dance extravaganza.

Editorial Dancing Vs the Economy

The impact of the economy effects us all. As the price of oil rises it changes our  thought processes. The retail cost of food is up, job security is a concern, the subprime mortgages have sent a scare throughout the country. Will this cause a dance recession. How do we, as a dance community, stay connected?
If folks for financial reasons, stop attending dances, conventions and competitions, it will have a downward impact for everyone. Students may be forced to cut back on lessons, workshops, etc...For many, paying their utility bills, filling their vehicle with gas and cutting a check for the mortgage, may wipe out any extra discretionary money.
Times have changed.
In the 80's most cities had a strip of dance clubs. Easy to reach - with a short drive. It was like the jewelers row of dance. Today, for most, it is no longer just around the corner. As the median age of dancers continues to rise, we also plan in advance.  Mature adults budget: strategically decide where & when to go, proactively plan their vacations months in advance, demographically pick the dances that best suit them. 
How do we keep dancers in the circle?
*Keep encouraging your friends to attend dances.
*Car pool, take turns driving. Chip in for gas and tolls. 
*If you haven't seen a friend out for a couple of weeks, investigate. Are they okay, do they need a ride?  Friends don't ask - they just get involved.    
* Organizers, teachers, club owners, do we extend discounts to seniors - those on fixed incomes? Do we offer a reduced fee to the future generation of dancers?  Prospective dancers, that are still in college, starting a career should be considered for a discount at events, socials, workshops, especially during the tough times. 
* Share a room at a dance event. Split the expense. How much time do you really spend in the room. 

I ask everyone to review these and other ideas and - get involved. Lets all reenergize the events, socials and encourage others to join us. We are all in this together, lets keep on building. Please support our DanceTalk sponsors. Our sponsors are helping to make a difference for today and tomorrow.  Please purchase their products and attend their events - FIRST.

DanceTalk * 4-8-08


Happy Birthday wishes to Tom Banner,  Lisa Abelson,  Disco Dave Sarul, Kerri Bicking,  Bruce Levy,  Holly Torrel,  Eileen Bates  and  Judy Churchray. 

Touch dancing was still packing the clubs in 1983 when the motion picture "Flashdance" exploded, introducing break dancing. Wayne Frost was front and center. He was recognized as a hip-hop pioneer (aka Frosty Freeze) He performed with the Rock Steady Crew. He has passed away at the age of 44.

Our heart felt condolences go out to Gloria Rothstein. Her mother, Paula Rothstein passed away today. She celebrated her 80th birthday this past Saturday. The funeral ceremony will take place at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 8th. Beth Israel Cemetery Woodbridge, New Jersey 732-634-2100

Singing sensation Mariah Carey has a new album release scheduled for April 15th. Her new record is called E=MC?  

Get ready for Dance Parade New York. Celebrating everything from breaking to ballet. Last year: 2510  Dancers and 27 Dance Styles. On Saturday, May 17, there will be colorful floats, live bands & DJ's and dancing in the streets. Salsa, hustle,  Clogging, Ballroom, Hip Hop, Swing....The parade starts at 28th St. & Broadway.

It's time to hustle, for a full night of dancing on Friday, April 25th at the Soho Dance Studio. From 9PM till.... hustle & more. Guest DJ,  Only $10.  Soho 598 Broadway, 6th Floor, NYC, 10012   212 - 226 - 6767

Here are the images from Scott Michelli's birthday party celebrated at Michael's Cafe. The link is courtesy of Fred.

Alexis James & Spencer met for the first time... After 2hrs of working together they showcase a Freestyle ChaCha, a Rumba & a Salsa that they co-choreographed

There is great interest from last weeks letter questioning the current speed of music and reaching a younger audience, for todays hustle. We are all concerned about the growth of this dance. If your interested in sharing your views, visit the national discussion at:

To remember the fallen dancers, visit the new site that recognizes and carries on their dance legacy.

Top hats off to Daniel McGee, he has been working at GSPA, New Holland Pa, choreographing "Annie".  Both Daniel and Jameson Kilburn are choreographing a number for Hempfield's annual Dance Theater prod.

Here are last weeks birthday pictures celebrating Mike Reher, Brian Winokur and Bryan Toder's birthdays, courtesy of Scott Michielli

This weeks edition of DanceTalk® is sponsored by Swingin' Into Spring, read all about it below.

Make it a great week,

Swingin' Into Spring

Dancers “ Take notice. This is an event with NO EVENING COMPETITIONS “ Just Social dancing all night long. No waiting until Midnight - 1:00AM for the real social dancing to start. Get ready for the Swingin' Into Spring dance weekend. May 2nd to the 4th at the Beverly Hills Suites Hotel, 383 South Center St, Windsor Locks, in Connecticut. Check this out, lots of social dancing, lots of workshops & a little bit of competition but not at night - social dancing only. The hotel room rate is only $79 and includes 2 breakfast buffets for Saturday and Sunday mornings.  There will be Beginners/Novice & intermediate/ advanced workshop tracks, Beginner/Novice Track suitable for Beginner/Novice Dancers, those learning opposite part. For Instructors and dancers considering becoming instructors,  Int/Adv Workshops in WCS & Hustle/Beg/Nov/Int in WCSHustle & Niteclub 2-Step, Social Dancing between all workshops. There is literarily something for every level dancer. Ken Mercik is your event director and he is in good company. The staff includes: Angel & Debbie Figueroa, John Lindo, Mario Robau Jr, Larry & Heidi Mongeau, Anne Fleming, Angelique Early, Tommy Gee.....
Don™t Miss any Workshops “ Video Notebook Available with all workshops & Competitions* Cash Prize for Winners in each competition ? to be determined after competition registration closes. The more that enter, the bigger the cash prize. Swingin™ Into Spring Striking a balance between Workshops, Competition and Social Dancing.  Let™s face it, big events are fun. Lots of people, lots of competition, Lots of energy ... but due to competition schedules, social dance time during "Reasonable Hours" tends to suffer. More often than not, the real social dancing doesn't start until after the competitions, which is usually Midnight, - later ? sometimes as late as 2:00AM. This is particularly annoying if you do not compete, - are not really interested in sitting through endless divisions of multiple dance forms. Swingin™ Into Spring is different. Workshops with minimal conflict. At many big events they advertise 40, 50 even 80 workshops ? but they are scheduled 4, 5 sometimes 6 at a time, and usually several different dance forms. At best, you can usually attend about 6-8 per event. For Swingin' Into Spring, there are currently 12 hours scheduled for workshops ? Two at a time (24 Total). Workshops are set up so that the same instructor will teach at least two 1 hour workshops, sometimes 3, in succession. That way the instructor can take their time and build from one lesson to another. ALSO, there is a ?Hour social dance time between every workshop. No rushing out of the room and starting a new workshop with a different instructor immediately. That ? Hour allows you to practice what you just learned and hopefully retain more of the material presented. That ? Hour also allows the instructor to run a little longer if necessary to make sure he/she completes the intended lesson in its entirety.   One room is designated for Beginner/Novice workshops that concentrate more on technique and variations of basic moves. These workshops are for newer dancers, and more advanced dancers alike. Especially recommended for instructors - those considering teaching.  The Main Ballroom is dedicated to the more advanced workshops. The Int/Advanced Workshops tend to be more Move Orientated? ? with less time spent on basic technique. Obviously, the instructors will still mandate proper technique for the moves taught, but will spend less time on it assuming you have heard it before. By the time you are ready to step up to take these workshops, you should be well versed in proper technique.  The competitions At Swingin™ Into Spring, will be kept to a minimum. The Jack™N™Jill is the epitome of social dance competition. Since we only have West Coast Swing Competitions, that limits the time required for the 6 competition divisions offered. Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced & All Star Jack™N™Jill™s, and an Open Strictly Swing. They are all held in the afternoon. NO EVENING COMPETITIONS !!!!
This is a World Swing Dance Council Registry Event ? Meaning ? YOUR POINTS COUNT !  Social dancing starts after the evening workshops ? about 9:30PM, and goes to at least 3:00AM, but the DJ™s will continue to play if people are dancing. If you add up the hours of social dance time between the workshops, and the uninterrupted dance time in the evening, Swingin™ Into Spring provides more social dance time than every other event. And a $79 Hotel Rate - Includes full breakfast buffet from 8-10 AM ... No getting up at 7AM to make sure you get breakfast. They have a lower priced menu than most hotels.  An independent Italian restaurant on the other side of the parking lot (Not owned by hotel), 30+ restaurants in the area that deliver ... AND for those who like to imbibe ... I negotiated more reasonable drink prices. Domestic Beer will be $3 ... Drinks $4 ... etc, etc ... and at the end of the night, you can order Beer/Wine/Liquor to be delivered to your room after hours ... as long as you pay for it before 2:00AM. Book your hotel room early ... this Hotel has 3 wings ... 2 have been totally renovated, one is under renovation right now. There currently only 100 rooms available for the event ... maybe as many as 160 available by May ... but no promises. The hotel is only 3 miles from Bradley International Airport with a free hotel shuttle. SO ? If you are more into social dancing and learning, but still like to compete in Jack™N™Jill's ? come check out the event. Visit the  dedicated website or you can also register and pay on line with Paypal,

Dance Trivia

* Swing dance champion Robert Royston is busy choreographing. He has three major motion pictures in post production. Expect the release of "Love N' Dancing" later this year and "Crank 2: High Voltage" and "Game" to be released in 2009. 

* In 1980, Harvest Moonball winners, Tony and Susan Marolda received an invitation to England for the prestigious Black Pool dance competition They took first place.

* He's been in over 100 motion pictures including "The Sting", "Dog Day Afternoon", "Best Little Whore House in Texas", but Charles Durning, seen on "Rescue Me" first started as a dancer after , teaching at Fred Astaire dance studio in NYC. 

*Rita Morena became an international star after appearing in "West Side Story" but, she is also one of the few artists in the world to ever win an Emmy, as Oscar, a Tony and a Grammy award. 

* In 1977, a motion picture was released that looked at the darker side of dance studio's - "Roseland". It starred a young Christopher Walken and a shining young dance team, Floyd Chishom and Annette Rivera.

* In the 1970s, Marty Angelo created Buffalo™s hottest Television production, Disco Step-by-Step,? and introduced a young Buffalo singer by the name of Rick James to a the TV audience.

* 21 year old, Texan, Mark Ballas, is partnering with gold Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi on Dancing With The Stars. He won the World Junior Latin American title with Julianne Hough, (last years DWTS champion). He is also an accomplished musician and has a band along with Derek Hough, his best friend.

* In 1975 Donna Summer had her first hit single "Love To Love You Baby". This month, thirty-three years later, she has a new release moving up the dance chart. 
"I'm a Fire" could be her next number one hit. 

DanceTalk * 4-1-08


Happy Birthday wishes to Bryan Toder,  Judy Secoda,  Nino Torre, Bill Poulter,  Shari Kahn Miller,  Juan Hernandez, Cheryl Highwarden, Jose Solano, and  Brian Winokur.

Singing sensation Carol Douglas turns 60 this week. She had many memorable hits such as "Doctors Orders" and "Midnight Love Affair"

We say good-bye to Jim Donaghey  who passed away March 20th.  Jim was a former North American Ballroom Champion and ISTD Examiner.

Visit  for some inspiring  messages on the passing of Gladys Torres. There is also an amazing photo of Gladys - that will simply melt your heart.

Hustle the night away, April 25th, Friday night at Soho Dance Studio.  $10 entrance fee. Guest DJ, dance from 9PM till ???? See more details below. 598 Broadway, 6th Floor, NYC,

Rock & Roll inductee, Madonna has a new album coming out April 29th called Hard Candy. Five of the songs were co produced by Justin Timberlake.

Due to the popular demand, a monthly dance contest (for amateurs) returns to Zachary's in Long Island, every month. Next date, April 25th, Friday night. 

Wanted: Professional dancers for the following ships - Explorer of the Seas rehearsals 7/17 - Legend of the Seas rehearsals 8/22 - Rhapsody of the Seas rehearsals 9/15 - Navigator of the Seas rehearsals 11/20 - Adventure of the Seas rehearsals 12/3 - Competitive Salaries - Most Cha cha, Jive, quick step, Rumba, Please contact Mark James at  516-835-9996 

Free Salsa lesson with Tony Rico & Julia St. Marie at the Borders Book Store, Town Square, 6521 Las Vegas Blvd. South in Las Vegas this  Friday, April 4th from 7:00 - 8:00PM.

The grand opening of Swing City takes place  April 11, Dormition Greek Orthodox Church 29 Central St., Somerville, MA. $15 on band nights, $12 if not ($10 with current valid student ID) April 11 & 18 will be our "trial" nights

April 3, Thursday night is the premier of Step It Up & Dance the newest reality show on the Bravo network. 12 dancers compete for a cool 100 thousand dollars. 

Coming next month, our annual 2008 DJ Directory. A complete comprehensive listing of all the top radio and club dance music DJs thru out the country. 

This weeks edition of DanceTalk® is sponsored DJ Fancy

Make it a great week,

DJ Fancy

Hey DanceTalk readers, thank you for the great response to my monthly dance CD.
It is great to correspond with so many knowledgeable music enthusiasts. I'm very excited to announce the release of two new CDs that I think your going to love. My March Dance Mix is now ready. I also put together a great compilation of the best dance songs from 2007. This is chock full of great dance songs.
The March Dance Mix includes brand new releases from Donna Summer - I'm a Fire,  Snoop Dog (yes a cool vibe not a rap) called Sensual Seduction,  Janet Jackson is back with Feedback, the funky song by Enur that is rocking the clubs called Calabria, a hot dance remix of the Alicia Keys smash - No One, Long Islands own Taylor Dayne has a hit with Beautiful, a high energy remake of the classic song The Flame, the duet dance mix of Until The End Of Time by Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, the hot Rihanna singing Don't Stop the Music and even Mick Jaggers dance tune Charmed Life. Its a hot CD. These songs are busting off the charts as heard in clubs today.   
The Best of 2007 features all the hits including Nelly Fatada, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Timberland, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, One Republic... These are all dance hits ranging in speed from 110 BPM to 130Bpm. - Each CD is only $15 which includes shipping and handling. Buy both for only $25.00
To order write to me at E Mail -
Make your check payable to:  Edward J Archie  6034 Magnolia Ave. , Pennsauken, NJ 08109 - Please specify which CD you would like? We still have the April Dance Mix and classic disco Cd's available.

Letters To the Editor
(our goal is  to post readers letters twice a month, unfortunately due to space limitations we can not publish them all)

To all my friends at Michael's,
I was very surprised Tuesday when DJ Mark called everyone over to wish me a happy birthday, and a beautiful and very delicious cake appeared; compliments of our lovely waitress Jennifer. We all love to dance and that is what draws us to Michaels; but what makes you all so special is that you care about others and aren't afraid to show it in very tangible ways. Your consideration and kindness is very much appreciated. Gentleman thank you for the birthday dance and for the 2 perfect songs we danced to. Steve, Denise, Trish, Mark, Jennifer and Ron you are all very good at being sneaky! This was a birthday I will never forget!
Most Sincerely,
Eveleth  :>)

It seems Hustle is in real decline nationally due to lack of interest from young people.  I believe there is a very good reason for their reluctance to join our ranks.
With an unofficial speed ceiling of 115 BPM - our current version of the dance is so far out of the true club dance mainstream (128 - 132 BPM) that no amount of showing off the dance will pull in any more young people. They want today what we wanted in 1979. Could your parents have talked you out of the night clubs where you were doing hustle as 128 BPM to do their slow 30 year old dance back in the 70's? We'd have laughed, then yawned out of boredom. Kids have all seen our dance already. They prefer salsa and swing because unlike our dance - those work in the same musical genre and speed for which they were created. NY styled hustle of today is WAY slower than the original hustle dance young people created and loved 30 years ago.  Want young people? I don't think it takes a high powered defense analyst to figure out what's broken here. Move the dance back to 128 BPM and then back to the music and clubs that gave it it's strength. As of today “ we have a super slow dance that has no home. It's not in the clubs and not speed appropriate the current - even previous dance hits. Only 4 of the top 50 Disco hits of all time even meet the 115 BPM standard - thus 90% of the music WE ALL DID HUSTLE to in 1980 is too fast for our NY styled hustle today. Our hustle events have become like a 30 year HS reunion w/o any new entry. Only by getting back to the way we used to dance it “ will we have the success we used to have.
David Flynn

Hi Ron, this was my third year going to the MadJam competitions. I think it was again, wonderful and well run. It was great to see even more hustle dancers this year then in the past. I encourage my dance buddies to all go. Many felt it was only a swing event. I think they will see that it has more then just swing. Thanks for keeping us informed. My office e mail address will not deliver your newsletter but I do get it at my home address. Thank gosh, I would be lost without it. Congratulation to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania dancers for their representation at MadJam. This event proves if you run a competition well it will just keep on growing.

     Thank you to everyone who celebrated my birthday and made it special.  I truly look forward to the birthday dance and want to thank everyone who was in line.  Thanks Mark for playing my songs and for all of the music you play every week.  I want to send a very special thank you to Sara Jones for organizing my birthday celebration.  You're a wonderful friend.  There's no place like Michael's and all of you make it special.  Keep up the tradition and dance on.

Hi Ron,
I auditioned for SO You Think You Can Dance at the Orpheum theater in Los Angeles. Although I waited nearly 9 hours and did not get past the first round, it was incredible. I appreciate you letting me know about this stuff. It was very exciting to be part of this process. My goal is to continue partner dancing but to develop more in modern, jazz and ballet. It appears that to make it today, you need a little of everything including gymnastics. My mind is made up on getting there so I have my work cut out for me. It was nice seeing you at Mad Jam. Hope you had a special Easter,
with love,
Rachael L

Greetings Ron,
I can not thank you enough for all your help in tying to find Mr. Szony. It was the BEST Easter present!!!!!!! I was so excited to hear that this great legend is still teaching and  coaching. I would absolutely love to be on your list. Again, thank you so much you can not know what this means to me having found Mr. Szony.
All the Best


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