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DanceTalk 12-31-02



Happy New Year,
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy 2003.

This coming year should prove to be a winner. New socials, competitions and a growing attendance from the dance community.
Please check out my "Look back at 2002"

Next week, DanceTalk will go out on Tuesday. My business travels will push it back one day. It will then returns to its normal Monday nights delivery. Deadline for posting events, socials, competitions, concerts, auditions and general news is Monday afternoon.
thank you for all your support and updates.

Good luck to Nina as she takes over Roseland Dance Center. The new name is Starlight Dance. We wish her the best of luck. Roberto Pagan and LoriAnn Greenhouse announce the birth of their new business: R & L Entertainment Inc. They are moving on to new ventures with their dance troupe, NEW YORK EXPRESS, as well as private lessons in Hasbrook Heights, sponsoring dance weekends, hosting dances. If you have any questions, please call 201-288-1422 for details.

The movie Chicago, is already getting all the buzz. It is the front runner for an 8 awards. USA today says it is a slam dunk because "it harks back to the old Hollywood."

Disco DJ legend, Ron Joseph AKA RJ, has recently gone national with his Friday night "Disco USA." The radio show, now extends to stations as far away as California. In NJ / PA he can be heard on oldies station WVLT -FM 92.1
He brings back that era every Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00PM.

Make it a great year,
Ron

"A look back at 2002"

The disco roller coaster is ending 2002 on a high.
Looking back, there were many highlights. The dance community hit some great stride and received positive recognition from the media, on many occasions:

*Mega Radio station, owned by Clear Channel, held a major weekly Hustle dance contest in Florida. This was promoted on radio and newsprint. With it's success lets hope it carries over to other markets where Clear Channel owns additional radio stations. The finals featured a concert by Gloria Gaynor & the Sugar Hill Gang, special MC Deney Terio, and winners Noel Colon & Carmen Mendez received the $5,000 1st prize.

* Miquel Marrero, professional dance competitor, was badly hurt as he fell victim of a hit and run car accident. Surgery and recuperation will keep him out of dancing for most of 2003.

* We saw Lisa Nunziella return to the hustle floor at the World Hustle Dance Championships, where Ralph Lew was honored with a life time achievement award.

* "Paul Pellicora on Tango," hit the book stores. Paul Pellicora, owner and operator of Dancesport Dance Studio in NY, writes his first book to rave reviews.

* Arte Phillips choregraphs an outstanding dance show for Discoamerica, reciving a standing ovation.

*The NBC televised "Today Show" featured a special tribute to the classic movie,
Saturday Night Fever. Marking its 25th anniversary, a hustle dance contest was held live on TV crowning Laura Cozik and Erik Novoa.

*The Philadelphia Daily News did a full spread article on Hustle dancing and featured interviews and pictures from dance club, Michael's Cafe, in Bensalem Pa.

* The Opening of The Disco Exhibit: The Music, The People, The Phenomenon, at the Experience Music Project Museum, in Seattle, Washington.

* Special recognition to Franc "Perico" Reyes on the release of his full length feature film, "Empire." Not only an incredible writer / director he is an accomplished dancer.

* Hooked on Hustle debuts and gets covered by television station WB in Philadelphia. Local news dedicates time to discussing the hustle and the new found interest in dancing.

We lost some dear and admired dancers this year. These young dancers will be missed by the dance community.
Lets keep their memories in our hearts.
James Garcia
Wanda Soto
Eddie Silva

Top 20 Dance Songs?
The dance sound of today goes back to the 70's. Whether you call it Disco or Dance, its the pulsating music that drives us to the dance floor.
The most listened to radio station, WKTU - FM, in New York, has listed the all time top 300 songs. Here are the top 20 from this "very commercial" list.

WKTU top 20 dance songs.
20 SOS BAND TAKE YOUR TIME
19 SNAP RHYTHM IS A DANCER
18 EMOTIONS BEST OF MY LOVE
17 VILLAGE PEOPLE YMCA
16 CECE PENISTON FINALLY
15 LIPPS INC. FUNKY TOWN
14 DONNA SUMMER LAST DANCE
13 MICHAEL JACKSON BILLIE JEAN
12 CHIC GOOD TIMES
11 MADONNA VOGUE
10 LOS DE RIOS MACARENA
09 SHANNON LET THE MUSIC PLAY
08 SISTER SLEDGE WE ARE FAMILY
07 C&C MUSIC FACTORY GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT
06 DONNA SUMMER BAD GIRLS
05 MICHAEL JACKSON DON’T STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH
04 A TASTE OF HONEY BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE
03 CHIC LE FREAK
02 BEE GEES STAYIN ALIVE
01 GLORIA GAYNOR I WILL SURVIVE

DanceTalk 12-24-02



Merry Christmas,

Happy birthday wishes to Joan Dudley, Ron Troy and Joanne Piazza.

Check out Lisa Nunziella's new website for news, videos and her dancewear / apparel
www.dancewithlisa.com

Get Hooked On Hustle, read the review below, from last weeks high energy party.

Roberto Pagan and LoriAnn Greenhouse are moving on to new ventures with
their dance troupe, NEW YORK EXPRESS, as well as
private lessons in Hasbrook Heights: sponsoring dance
weekends, hosting dances and parties both big and
small. We wish Roberto and LoriAnn good luck in their
new ventures!!

If your on the road and not able to access "DanceTalk", go to Marty Angelo's Disco step by step for your weekly update.
http://www.discostepbystep.com/dancetalkdec2002.htm

It has been announced that Arsenial Hall will host the 2003 Star Search television show starting on Jan. 8, 2003, Wednesday nights on CBS.

The Broadway musical "Chicago" just celebrated its 2,500th performance. This is right on the heals of the big blockbuster movie opening Dec. 27th. With the overwhelming success of "Moulin Rouge" last year, this should pave the way for more big screen adaptations.
Rob Marshall, directed Annie on TV, choreographed. Madonna, was originally cast along with Goldie Hawn - but both dropped out. Rene'e Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones (starred in Annie and 42nd Street) CO-lead the way. This could start the new era of big movie musicals. Discussions are moving towards remakes of "Guys & Dolls," a "Grease 3" with Travolta and Newton-John and a big screen version of "Contact."

When interviewed about his new film, Empire Franc. "Perico" Reyes responds with powerful words, from his heart.
Should there be more focused on the Hispanic community?
...If I made a film with a 100% Latino cast, I wouldn't be true to myself and what my life is all about. Art imitating life. Having said that, it also applies the other way. If I made a film with a 100% African American or Caucasian cast, the truth wouldn't be there either. There isn't a story that exists that Latinos along with every other culture can't tell. My cast will always include Latinos because that's who I am. But I live in a wonderful world of cultures and I hope my films will always reflect that.


Make it a great holiday week.
Ron

Disco, from a different generation

Music is a driving force. It shapes movies, motivates dancing and can pump up our every day lives. The success of the hustle was supported by a wonderful new sound. Many old and new artists contributed to this fresh change of beat. Some of the greatest hits from the Disco era came from those performers that were from an earlier generation.
Our parents listened to many of these artists yet they adapted to the current sound and blew us away with these didees. These respected artists helped bridge the musical generation gap. Here are some of those Classics.

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. - Shine on Silver Moon
Herb Albert - Manhattan Melody / Rise
Paul Anka - Make It Up To Me In Love
Charo - Dance A Little Bit Closer (With Vince Montana Jr. / Salsoul Orchestra)
Frankie Crocker - Disco Suite
Maynard Ferguson - Primal Screams (Pagliaci)
Andre Gagnon - Wow
Astrid Gilberto - The Girl From Ipenema
Quincy Jones - Ai No Corrida
Patti LaBelle - Music Is my Life
Herbie Mann - Discotheque / Hi-Jack
Johnnie Mathis - Begin The Beguine / Gone, Gone,Gone
T.S.Monk - Candidate For Love
Peter Nero - Summer Of '42
Royal Philharmonic - Hooked On Classics
Doc Severnsen Night Journey
Frank Sinatra Night & Day
Andy Williams - Where Do I Begin (Theme From Love Story)

"Hooked on Hustle"
Channel 17, the WB - WPHL

Shannon Johnson hooked Philly on the Hustle.
Hooked On Hustle, was her first time, organizing a hustle event but without question, Philly will be dancing in the streets.
Television station WB, WPHL - 17 covered this wonderful evening of Hustle / Salsa & free style dancing. The live broadcast highlighted dancers and spoke with many of the pros on hand.
A great mix of new and old hustle fans attended this fun event.
Guests were treated to wonderful exhibitions of some of today's finest.
Dara Patrusky partnered with Dave Muzii and Ernesto Diaz, demonstrating the WCS. Diane Nardone performed a combo WCS and Hustle with DJ Dave Muzii. Salsa teachers, from the Atrium Dance Center, Darlin Garcia & Mirka Ibarrando wowed the audience with a sassy salsa and show stoppers, Brian and Silvana Gallagher, performed a theatrical hustle routine.
An open hustle jack and Jill contest put the contestants dance skills to the test.
In the winners circle:
1) Joey Cammatuci & Hyunki Raab
2) Joe Reggi & Mimi Doi
3) Tim & Jenn Nikita
A number of instructors were on hand to show their support and assist with promotions, judging the competition and workshops. Ken Roesel, Barbara Capaldi, Donna Boyle, Ernesto Diaz, Brian & Silvana Gallagher, Delvin & Mirka, Dara Patrusky, Andre' Phelps, Dave Muzii, Diane Nardone, Laura Bennett, DJ Kenny Arditi.
The evening made it possible for new friends to experience the hustle and to benefit
the charity HOPE Worldwide (www.hopeww.org)
Plans are in the works for another Hooked On Hustle event in March.
Stay tuned for more info.

DanceTalk 12-17-02



Merry Christmas and a happy Kwanzaa to you and your family.

Happy birthday to Carol "CK" Kalish.

Thank you to all those who attended this past Sunday's "Holiday Spectacular."
It truly was spectacular. See below for a complete Review.

Is there anything he can't do? In the 70's & 80's he ruled the hustle dance floor, in the 90's he wrote some of the top dance songs on the charts and now he wrote and directed his first motion picture. Franc."Perico" Reyes is unstoppable.
Bravo, check below for more info.

Michael's Cafe (Bensalem Pa) is open Tuesday night BUT there is a Race Track party. DJ Mark will be off until 2003. The main floor will be occupied by the race track employees. The guest DJ will cater to their crowd.

Congratulations to Sean Paul Hampton, 2nd generation dancer, son of Debra Hampton. He is a member of the Broken Windows dance team. They won first place at the US Open Swing Dance Championships.

Back by popular demand, Dara Putrusky and Andre' Phelps will be having another dance social at the Society Hill Dance Academy, 2nd & Pine in January 2003, more details to come.

Top new dance songs in the clubs:
The Mexican 2002 - Thalia
La Musica - Arrola
Insatiable - thick Dick
I'd Rather - Luther Vandross
Ordinary World - Aurora
In Your Eyes - Kylie Minoge

Extra Extra: Read all about it
BUFFALO, NY (2002-11-29) Buffalo is officially part of disco history. A new exhibit at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington features footage and memorabilia from the 1970's Buffalo disco TV show, "Disco-Step-By-Step." Marty Angelo had no idea how popular disco would become when he first launched the Disco-Step-By-Step TV show here in the 1970s. In Buffalo, and cities all over the world, disco became a cultural phenomenon. The $5 billion a year industry has now been showcased in a new exhibit at Seattle's famous "Experience Music Project." Angelo was there last week for the opening. He says Buffalo is featured prominently in this recreation of the Disco era.
Angelo says more than 1,500 people attended the opening party. Angelo says the opening was such a success that the museum is talking about taking disco on the road once the exhibit closes in May.
And the disco craze is stayin' alive here in Buffalo, too. The "World's Largest Disco" will be held Saturday night at the Buffalo Convention Center for the 23rd year running.


Make it a great week.
Ron

"Holiday Spectacular"
Review

Without question, one of the biggest, one day gatherings for hustle dancing anywhere. The evening was incredible.
Scheduled till 12:30PM the dancing didn't stop until 1:30PM.
Thanks to our devoted DJ's for keeping the music rocking all night long - Billy from Philly, Dave Moldover, Johnny "O" and Bobby Morales.
The evening was non-stop dancing. With dancers attending from seven different states, our 10th annual "Holiday Spectacular" was an overwhelming success. Once again, the friendliest, talented, fashionably dressed group bar none.
Our Jack and Jill (open) dance contest had 12 couples dancing up a storm. The three winning teams received cash prizes.
Ist Place Steve Salerno and Joan Dudley - also received a day pass to DiscoAmerica
2nd place Joe Kernan and Angela McCabe
3rd place Chris Bates and Diane Danyo

Donna Boyle and Danny McGee performed their new routine which they won 1st place last month at the Kings Ball in Staten Island. Donna & Danny also were the recipients of the James Garcia award.
Brian and Stephanie Fortuna (From Fortuna's Universal Dancesport Center) had the audience mesmerized as they performed their Rumba, Cha Cha and Paso Doble routines.

We were fortunate to have so many professionals and instructors in attendance.
(I hope I don't leave anyone out, but my head is still spinning)
Sandy & Andy Fortuna, Bill Poulter, Arte Phillips, Debbie Tuttle, Silvana Gallagher, Ken Roesel, Donna Reinhart, Andre' Phelps, Brian Gallagher, Dara Patrusky,
Jose Gonzales, Debbie Ferro, John Marisa, Carl Charles and Tiffany Brown.
Thanks to everyone for their unwavering support.

Empire Rocks,
The premier for Empire, was held at the Kipps Bay Theater in NYC. Some of the major stars of the film were in attendance (John Leguizamo, Delilah Cotto, Sonia Braga, Fat Joe and Treach). Many other character actors, celebrities and friends were also on hand to view the film and praise Perico. From the hustle community, Sandra Rivera (former Dance Dimension), Stracy Diaz (who also appears in the film) Debbie & Ralph Ferro, Carlos Gonzales and Ricky Quintana. The energy level was extremely high and the theater quickly reached full capacity.
Franc. "Perico" Reyes, early in his career appeared on Dance Fever, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert and the Soap Factory Show among others, as he ruled the Disco Dance Floor.
For a complete over view of the movie please visit the web site.
www.empiremovie.com

DanceTalk 12-10-2002



Happy birthday wishes to Debbie Ferro, Noelle Arbolino and Chucky Mayo.

This weekends, "Holiday Spectacular" is shaping up to be a real dance explosion. We have a number of guest DJ's, that will share the spotlight, spinning the best dance music, bar-none. We look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday at Degenhardts.
for additional info call or write Donna Boyle or myself.
(see more details below)

For those who maybe new to "DanceTalk" and want to catch up on a past issue, check out
http://mjames.org/ronbessarchieve.html
If you go to Ron's DanceTalk and click on the Achieves, you can reference past issues. Thanks to Mark James for creating this space.

Results from the US Open, held Thanksgiving weekend

Cabaret Division
Ist - Broken Windows
2nd - The Savoys
3rd - Bill Fajardo & Katie Marlow
4th - Murray Phillips & Cate Caplin
5th - Hypno

"Thunderpuss," (featuring our own Susan Fritz), took 4th place in the Team Division @ the US Open. The team of 18 --- 12 girls and 6 guys, perform WCS, Shag, Speed Lindy and Hip-Hop to a medley of Madonna songs - mixed by DJs from LA by the same name. Also directed by Carol Fraser (www.tonyandcarol.com), "Varsity Swing" took 3rd place @ the Open. Varsity Swing is a more traditional Lindy Aerials team. "Hop Swing and a Jump", won the Open for the third year in a row. They are headed up by Nathalie Gomes and Yuval Hod, who also own and operate a studio in SoHo by the same name (www.hopswingjump.com). "The Shaggers" took 2nd place, and the "Hollywood Hornets" took 5th. The Hornets are based in LA and headed up by Jerry Jordan, (Susan danced with Jerry on the "TODAY Show" last month) (www.jerryjordan.com & www.retroglide.com).

Empire, opened at theaters this past weekend.
Franc "Perico" Reyes, one of the pioneers of the hustle, has received great reviews on his film. Entertainment Weekly, gave the film a B+ and calls it compelling. Not bad considering the new film "Analyze that" staring Robert Deniro only got a C.
Universal Records has released the Soundtrack for the Motion Picture. Franc, not only wrote & directed Empire, but contributed to the music. It includes releases from DMX, Mobb Deep, India.Arie, Angel Lopez, Jon Secada, Luis Fonsi..... it is available in stores everywhere.
Next week, I'll give you more insight on the film and the premier held in NY.

Make it a great week.
Ron

DanceTalk 12-10-2002

Happy birthday wishes to Debbie Ferro, Noelle Arbolino and Chucky Mayo.

This weekends, "Holiday Spectacular" is shaping up to be a real dance explosion. We have a number of guest DJ's, that will share the spotlight, spinning the best dance music, bar-none. We look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday at Degenhardts.
for additional info call or write Donna Boyle or myself.
(see more details below)

For those who maybe new to "DanceTalk" and want to catch up on a past issue, check out
http://mjames.org/ronbessarchieve.html
If you go to Ron's DanceTalk and click on the Achieves, you can reference past issues. Thanks to Mark James for creating this space.

Results from the US Open, held Thanksgiving weekend

Cabaret Division
Ist - Broken Windows
2nd - The Savoys
3rd - Bill Fajardo & Katie Marlow
4th - Murray Phillips & Cate Caplin
5th - Hypno

"Thunderpuss," (featuring our own Susan Fritz), took 4th place in the Team Division @ the US Open. The team of 18 --- 12 girls and 6 guys, perform WCS, Shag, Speed Lindy and Hip-Hop to a medley of Madonna songs - mixed by DJs from LA by the same name. Also directed by Carol Fraser (www.tonyandcarol.com), "Varsity Swing" took 3rd place @ the Open. Varsity Swing is a more traditional Lindy Aerials team. "Hop Swing and a Jump", won the Open for the third year in a row. They are headed up by Nathalie Gomes and Yuval Hod, who also own and operate a studio in SoHo by the same name (www.hopswingjump.com). "The Shaggers" took 2nd place, and the "Hollywood Hornets" took 5th. The Hornets are based in LA and headed up by Jerry Jordan, (Susan danced with Jerry on the "TODAY Show" last month) (www.jerryjordan.com & www.retroglide.com).

Empire, opened at theaters this past weekend.
Franc "Perico" Reyes, one of the pioneers of the hustle, has received great reviews on his film. Entertainment Weekly, gave the film a B+ and calls it compelling. Not bad considering the new film "Analyze that" staring Robert Deniro only got a C.
Universal Records has released the Soundtrack for the Motion Picture. Franc, not only wrote & directed Empire, but contributed to the music. It includes releases from DMX, Mobb Deep, India.Arie, Angel Lopez, Jon Secada, Luis Fonsi..... it is available in stores everywhere.
Next week, I'll give you more insight on the film and the premier held in NY.

Make it a great week.
Ron

"Retro"
These are the top 10 albums for the year 1978. National Disco Action, a division of Billboard Magazine posted these 24 years ago. The majority of these records have stood the test of time. All of these albums experienced multiple hits. They still enjoy some classic air play and are a staple in most DJ's arsenal of music.
This time period, the late 70's, marked the European dance sound invasion.
Great memories.

1) Voyage
2) Romeo & Juliet - Alec R. Costandinos
3) Come into my heart - USA -European Connection
4) Macho Man/ - Village People
5) If my friends could see me now - Linda Clifford
6) Dance With Me - Peter Brown
7) Let's All Chant - Michael Zager Band
8) I Can't Stop The Rain - Eruption
9) Bionic Boogie - Greg Diamond
10) Gimme Some Lovin - Kongas

Editorial
"You Can't Go Home Again"

An old friend recently greeted me at a night club. It was a very cold evening. We had not seen one another in almost eight years. It was as if, the cool wind had sent him our way. He had just gotten off work and took a chance popping into the local club. Bingo, he picked the right night. We have been friends since the 70's. In the mid 80's, we all got pulled in different directions as we moved on with careers and relationships. The music received a twist of punk and subsequently free style ruled the dance floors. He had stopped dancing once he married. His new wife was uncomfortable with the thought of him dancing with other ladies! She was not a dancer nor took an interest in it. After a number of years of marriage, just recently, the relationship dissolved (sound familiar yet). As a dancer, from back in the 70's, he is quick to notice all the changes. The club was energized with about 60 active dancers. He commented on recognizing only a small number of dancers from back in the day? Where have all our old friends gone? We reminisce about many popular dancers: a few have relocated, some dancers still enjoy it but infrequently get out while others have dropped out. Personal and business priorities take us all on new paths. Before I knew it, his coat came off and he gravitated towards the dance floor. Within an hour he was looking very comfortable, dancing with new friends and rekindling old relationships. He was smiling laughing and having a great time. He had virtually come home again.
Back in the 40's, author Thomas Wolf wrote a chilling novel called "You can't go home again." I've always found my self relating to the theme of the book - returning to your past. Going to dance clubs for some, is more then just improving your dance and having fun. For many, it's a search - a small window into the past.
Separation and divorce can bring on high levels of anxiety. Some can even go into a depression, losing the desire and interest to move on. Wolf writes that "you cannot go home again." Sure, we cannot bring back the 70's & 80's, our childhood and the romantic dance era we enjoyed. But that's not to say one cannot evolve and adapt to the new dance, the music and faces.
By the end of the evening, my long time friend had a big dose of dancing, in the new millennium. It was heart warming to see the new dancers greet and embrace him with a dance.
Maybe it's this time of year? The holidays and the spirit of giving?
Were the "good old days" better?
I'm convinced most of us will look back and reflect on today as some of the best times of our lives.
Maybe you can go home again.

DanceTalk 12-3-2002



Happy birthday to Long Island's Bad Boy, Carl Charles and to Elise Alverado.

Holiday Spectacular Update: Last edition, I announced, at our 10th Anniversary Holiday Dance (December 15th, Sunday at Degenhardts), we would have a dance exhibition by Brian Fortuna and Stephanie Poulteria. Well, not only will they perform but they will be husband and wife.
Congratulations to the entire Fortuna Family.

Hats off to Norma Rivera.
This past week she won MS NEW YORK WOMAN BELLEZA LATINA 2003, which in Spanish means "Beautiful Latin Woman." She is the current Mrs. NY 2002 and a wonderful dancer.

It appears to be a bleak future for the Stardust Ballroom in Pennsauken, NJ?
A 6,400-seat arena and conference center will be built in Pennsauken by the Camden County Improvement Authority. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is expected to approve a grant which the county freeholders would vote on to select the site at their December meeting. The Stardust sits square center of the planned arena. For years the Ballroom has attracted dancers from all over the tri-state area for socials, Salsa dancing and dance classes. Many will remember the Stardust as the location we held "Ginger's Wish - Fundraiser and Dance" for Virginia DiMaio.
The civic center site is part of a 534-acre redevelopment zone in Pennsauken in which the township has the power to condemn and sell property. Should the project get the green light, ground breaking could happen in less then six months.

Where were you 30 years ago? Please enjoy this weeks Spotlight on the fabulous Carol Famigletti. One of the first hustle dancers on the scene.

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There are many new listings please take a moment to scroll down.
Thank you for all the wonderful letters and holiday greetings. Feel free to write me at Rowenlb22@aol.com
Make it a great week,
Ron

"Spotlight"
Carol Famigletti

Five years, before John Travolta strutted his stuff, in his 3 piece white suit, a young dancer was already doing the "hustle." Her talented group of friends hung at the night clubs creating these early steps. "We invented the dance as we went along."
Carol Famigletti, was one of the early dancers on the scene. Thirty years ago, along with good friend Annette Rivera, they would frequent the hot dance clubs in the city: Roseland, Copa and the Cork & Bottle.
The dance was brand spanking new. At the time, there were no hustle classes to take, self help videos to learn from or hustle dance shows to watch.
Carol's circle of friends, encompassed some of the legends of our dance.
For the next five years, Carol would partner with Danny Llaurado. (Danny's original partner, Linda Rodriques would go on to tour with The Andrea True Connection - "More More More"). Along with Annette and her partner Floyd Chisholm, they formed an exciting dance troop. Well known manager/agent, Don DeNatalie took the troop under his wings. These young dancers would begin to travel and perform all over. The Disco craze was just starting to heat up. Floyd and Annette were selected as the lead dancers for the Motion Picture "Roseland." (This trilogy focused on ballroom dancing and exposed the early stages of hustle, featuring a dance contest.)
The dance troop, now known as "The Disco Dance Connection," was booked to perform in Paris. Along with Carol & Danny, Eddie Espinosa with his partner Barbara would tour Paris for a month. Dancing to hot songs like, "Don't Let me be Misunderstood" and "Magic Bird Of Fire," each couple had their own unique style.
The troop would go thru multiple changes. Eddie would soon team up with the beautiful Gina Figueroa and Ricky Quintana and Lee Rafrano came on board.
Each of these teams would eventually represent New York on the celebrated TV show, "Dance Fever."
The Dance Troop was in demand. They would be booked six nights a week at the premier New York Supper Clubs. The shows would feature four couples performing: group numbers, solo spot light dances along with two female singers. In addition to competing in contests, Carol and Danny would dance back up for Pop singer Patrick Hernandez (Born to Be Alive) and perform on weekends at Plato's Retreat.
With so many dance opportunities out there, the troop members would continue to be pulled in different directions. "The amazing Annette Rivera left the troop and Floyd began to partner with Nellie Cotta."
The troop would continue to evolve. Deano "Dino" Georgio with partner Jean Camaletti joined the troop next.
Like all great things, the end was not far away. "We went to the clubs at midnight and danced till four AM. It was time to move on." I needed to settle down," recalls Carol.
Danny would continue to perform with new partner Maria Torres. "We parted on good terms, I even gave Danny all of my costumes. We had such great times together, memories that I will always cherish," remembers Carol. "Dancing was everything to me, it was a major part of my life."
Since those early days of dancing, Carol helped lay down the ground work for the hustle dancer's of today. She is still best friends with Jean Camaletti and Michael Babbino. "Michael and I have been friends for 30 years, he hung out with us and helped keep us organized, Michael was a doll."
As a school teacher in Long Island, NY, Carol recently celebrated her 19th wedding anniversary. She has a 13 year old daughter, Amanda. It shouldn't surprise you that her daughter has been studying dance for 10 years. "Wow I wonder where she got that from" reflects Carol.
Will Amanda move onto the hustle? Carol is a testament to the dancers of today. With her ingenuity and creativity she was one of the early dancers to help shape our dance. Under her guidance, Amanda maybe the next dancing Diva.
Stay tuned.

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