Directors and Founders

Mary Ann Rosa

Latin Dance Connection

Mary Ann started out in gymnastics and was captain of her high school team by senior year. Mary Ann was a feature dancer in the feature films, Summer of Sam, and Diega. She teamed with her late husband Luis in the late 1990s, and started the explosive professional dance team of The Latin Dance Connection.  Mary Ann holds placements in such international competitions such as the International Hustle and Salsa Competition, Theater Arts Division; World Hustle Dance Championships, World Open Hustle Division, & Professional Hustle Division; Disco America, Theater Arts Division; and The Hustle Congress, Theater Arts Division.  Mary Ann together with Luis was World Professional Hustle Dance Champions for 2004, Atlantic City Sands Hotel Hustle Champions 2004, House Dance International Hustle Champions for 2009, and they were voted favorite dance couple in Ron Bess's Dance Talk Newsletter for 2003. They were inducted into the Hustle Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement Division in 2017, and received the Hustle Hall of Fame Award at Disco America in 2011.   Luis & Mary Ann can be seen on the televised event of the Disco Explosion filmed in Asbury Park, and the CBS Sunday Morning News, and they were also featured in the Asbury Newspaper in August 2005, and the New York Sun on February 1, 2005.  Luis & Mary Ann were on the Christina show, televised on May 15, 2006.  Mary Ann competed, performed and taught throughout the world. Luis and Mary Ann married on November 13, 2004.  Luis & Mary Ann are well known for their explosive and entertaining performances along with their expertise in theatrical lifts. They performed alongside many of the famous artists of the Disco Era. They have performed in Disco Concerts at Lehman College, the Patchogue Theater, Atlantic City, and many venues in Long Island. Luis and Mary Ann trained and choreographed adult and children dance teams. Mary Ann was a guest artist instructor at Dance Sport, NY.  Tragically on July 7, 2018, Luis had a tragic car accident which took his life on July 26, 2018. Luis and Mary Ann were magic on and off the dance floor, and Luis is greatly missed and never forgotten. Mary Ann continues to be active in the dance community as an event planner, promoter, instructor, performer and choreographer.  Mary Ann's goal is to continue what Luis and her started and share her passion and love for dance. Mary Ann has a doctorate in health practice and combines that with professional dancing to help others gain the health benefits of dance along with having the time of their lives.        









Eliott & Marie Acosta

Treasure Coast Hustle Association

Professional dance hustle instructor Eliott Acosta first learned to dance the hustle at the age of 17 in New York City. He attended Dale Dance Studio. Eliott ended up teaching at the same Studio.Shortly after he joined the competitive community.  In 2010 he establish the Treasure Coast Hustle Association. Eliott & Marie remain active in teaching Latin Hustle and events includingthe 2014 fundraiser event Fort Pierce Police Athletic League Pal Program, the 2016 Dancingwith the Martin Stars,  and the 2017 and 2018 Peace, Love, and Ballroom Dancing with aStar for Alzheimer's and Dancing with a star for military vets

Drew Axelrod Advisor to HIP

World Disco Classic

Drew originally started dancing latin hustle during his college years in Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles from 1975 thru 1980. Many years later when disco music and hustle dancing revived,he became more involved in the hustle community and ventured up to New York City to attendthe first Hustle USA dance competition. In 1999 and 2000, he successfully produced WorldDisco Classic in Fort Lauderdale at the Marina Marriott, which was sponsored by Salsoul Records,TK Disco Records and the Miami Hustle Club. Also, being a lifelong sailing enthusiast, Drewdecided to take his hustle event out to sea as a national dance cruise. From 2003 to 2009,the Hustle Dance Cruise (Hustle into Paradise) sailed on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and CostaCruise Lines to many far away tropical islands. With 30 years of event planning experience,Drew was also co-founder of the Stardust Ballroom Dance Cruises.   

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Always remembering Luis Rosa

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