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Workshop Schedule  subject to change

Hustle Boot Camp (Will take you from beginner to advanced with the best of hustle instructors)


Thursday, March 30, 2023 (all classes in main ballroom)

4pm -5pm Basic Beginner Welcome Hustle Workshop by two of the event directors Mary Ann Rosa &

Eliott Acosta

5pm-6pm  Beginner Hustle Workshop by Paul Pellicoro

Friday, March 31, 2023 (all classes in main ballroom)

10am-11am Beginner / Intermediate Hustle Workshop by Veronica Castilla

11am-12noon  Defensive Hustle Dancing 101 - Staying safe and on time on the dance floor -

all levels by Randy Atlas

12noon-1pm -Ladies AND Men's Styling and Patterns Class Hustle Workshop by Christy Kam- all



​​​Saturday, April 1, 2023 (all classes in main ballroom)

8am yoga on the rooftop for all hotel guests (not exclusive to our event)

9am-10am Zumba by Marie Acosta certified zumba instructor 

10am-11am All levels Hustle Workshop by Queen B and Jaime Serna

11am-12noon Intermediate / Advanced Hustle Workshop by Donna Boyle

​12noon-1pm Advanced Hustle Workshop by Leah Leah Duque from Fajardo Eiite Dance Academy

4pm -5pm Salsa Open Level Workshop by Al Liquid Silver

5pm -6pm Bachata Open Level Workshop by Al Liquid Silver

World Renowned Instructors (available for privates too)

                                             Paul Pellicoro 917-751-8620 Lead Instructor & Judge

Now one of Florida’s own, Paul is a professional ballroom dancer, instructor, and choreographer. He had owned and operated New York City's largest ballroom dance studio, Paul Pellicoro's DanceSport, since 1985, to recently in New York City. Renowned for his work in films, Paul has extensive film experience both as a performer and as a choreographer. Among his notable students were Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino, Richard Gere, Wynona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia, Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Brian Cox and Marilyn Cole.  Paul recently received the Hustle Congress Icon Award. Paul is a world renowned ballroom and hustle instructor with years of international experience.


Randy Atlas  305-332-6588

Randy Atlas is an accomplished dancer and deejay in the Swing, Salsa, and Hustle dance worlds. He has taught Ballroom, Latin, and Hustle dancing to support himself through graduate school at Florida State University in the 1970’s. While at FSU he formed the Ballroom Dance Club and taught more than 5000 people how to dance. Atlas competed on Dance Fever in 1983 in the Dallas Semi-finals. In 1999 he danced in the Miami Superbowl half-time show that featured Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, Gloria Estephan and Stevie Wonder. Randy was one of the founders of the South Florida Swing Dance in the 1980’s, and sponsored the Swing Into Spring national dance event in 1996 and 1997. In 1998 he partnered with Katie Marlow and Billy Fajardo to form the International Hustle and Salsa Competition (IHSC) in 1999, that lasted 20 years, and featured hustle and salsa dancers from around the world and USA. While most people know Randy for his role as a deejay and dance instructor, in real life he is an architect and criminologist, and he received his Doctorate in criminology from Florida State University. He practices here in South Florida, and still enjoys dancing socially around the world in his travels. He is married to Trish Warren Atlas, whom he met at IHSC in 2003.


Veronica Castilla 917-284-0051

With multiple widely recognized hustle titles, Veronica has earned
stripes of an esteemed hustle dancer and instructor over the
As a 7X World Salsa Champion, Veronica has extensive
training and
expertise in partner-based dances. Through the
tutelage of Paul
Pellicoro and many other instructors, she began
her hustle and Salsa
training in 2006 at DanceSport in NYC,
prompting her partnership with
tricks and lifts specialist,
Rainer Trubiere and salsa pioneer, Nelson Flores.
While specializing
in lifts and tricks, Veronica is also known for her keen attention to detail and effortless style of hustle dancing, which has amassed the wide/ranging student base she possesses today. Influenced by prior hustle pioneers, Veronica hopes to bridge the gap between the younger and older generations of hustle to further develop and grow the hustle communities. You can catch Veronica in the highly regarded Lin Manuel Miranda directed dance film, In the Heights.


Christy Kam 503-459-8132

Christy Kam began her dance career as a ballerina, training and

performing with both the Columbia City Ballet in Columbia, SC as

well as the Royal Academy of Dance school in Portland, OR. With

both companies, she performed in many shows both as a core

dancer as well as with a soloist in addition to her teaching

schedule.Upon moving to Philadelphia in 2000, she started

her partner dancing career, winning many titles with Pan

Thomakos, including the USA Dance nationals: Adult Championship Rhythm winner, 9 Dance (Rhythm and Smooth categories combined) runner up, as well as Pre-Championship 3rd place Latin in 1997 and winning both the Adult Championship Rhythm title as well as the Adult 9 Dance Championship the following year in 1998.From there, she competed in professional rhythm, smooth, and 9 dance with Cedric Jacobsen. Additionally, she competed in salsa and bachata competitions and toured around the US competing, performing, and teaching with Henri Velandia as well as qualifying for the world salsa championships.Recently, she has also danced rhythm with Jameson Kilburn, making finals in professional rising star rhythm. Jameson is also her partner for hustle and triple threat (hustle, salsa, and west coast swing), where they have won many titles, most notably winning the first place title in the open professional world hustle championships, professional strictly hustle, and professional triple threat in 2014, making her the current and reigning world hustle champion.In addition to hustle, she also dances on the country circuit. In 2014, she competed in the pro-pro division with Clive Stevens (winning 3rd place at Worlds 2014). In 2015, Clive and Christy competed both the showcase division winning 1st place at worlds as well as in classic division, winning 2nd place at worlds. Additionally, they earned a gold and two silver medals at the 2015 World games in the couples divisions as well as one silver medal in the world games for Christy’s line dancing. Additionally, at Worlds 2015, Christy won both the classic and showcase divisions of advanced line dance, qualifying her to compete in the superstars line dance category. She is a current competitor in Masters and Superstars as well as a judge on the UCWDC circuit.Her extensive knowledge base across many types of dance styles, extensive teaching experience, and sense of humor are what her students like most about taking lessons from her.She currently lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania and teaches at various local venues.


Donna Boyle 215-740-3472

Philadelphia 's own Donna was the regional dance champion on the national

TV show "Dance Fever". For 30 years, she has been competing, performing,

and exciting audiences with her polished and sensual style.  She performed for

acts such as Billy Crystal, Tu-Pac, Sammy Hager, Ben Vereen to name a few.

Her TV credits include Discophonic scene and "on the air" with the Geater,

1999 QVC National Dance Promotion, two appearances at the Phillies game

with the Phillie Phanatic, Good Day Philadelphia (with Dick Clark), Good

Morning America,1999 PBS show "Crazy Dancing" aired in England & USA ,

& two appearances on the CBS nationally syndicated competition " Dance Fever"

in Los Angeles. She Placed third in the cabaret division at the Harvest Moon Ball.

Her performances in Atlantic City include the "Disco Fever Show" At the

Tropicana Hotel, Also Ballys Hotel , Resorts as well as Ceasars Hotel. Donna was

also one of the Event Directors for Hustle USA 1995. Donna has been teaching,

coaching and promoting Hustle in the Philadelphia area as well as traveling throughout the United States to conduct workshops and promote her dance event Disco America. She is also the proprietor of Party Pros Entertainment, and is a Hypnotist certified with the national guild of hypnotist since 1997. She is currently on the teaching staff of Sandy Fortuna's Universal DanceSport Center (NJ), Bucks County Dance Center (PA),YMCA ( Lansdale Pa ) Stardust Ballroom (NJ).Currently she is a DJ & MC for parties and events

Donna's success is evidenced by her awards and participation in competitions.


Jaime Serna

Jaime has been competing on the national Hustle circuit for the past 24 years holding numerous titles as an amateur and several since becoming a professional. Jaime learned by training and competing with several of the top Hustle Legends Dancers/Instructors/Coaches of years past. He is currently teaching independently in the tri-state area. He has been on staff at Disco America, IHSC, World Hustle Dance Championships, New York Hustle Congress, Swing Dance America, LA Hustle Congress, Tri- State Hustle Festival, NJ Hustle Congress, Mad Jam and Swing Fling. He has been named Top Male Instructor on Dance-Talk Reader's Magazine four years in a row. Jaime's passion and talent for Hustle, combined with his precise movements and smooth style has made him a prominent figure in the Hustle scene. He continues to compete in Pro/Pro and Pro/Am's with his students receiving top honors at events around the country. Jaime believes in using traveling patterns to move around the floor to show footwork and flair.

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Leah Duque from Farjardo Elite Dance Academy


Leah Duque, originally from Toronto, Canada, is one of the most versatile dancers in the Latin community. She has been dancing for 35 years and was Classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. She trained under the Canadian Dance Company travelling the US and Canada. She attended Cawthra Park Secondary School for the Performing Arts as a dance major. During this time, she also trained under Stelio Calagias at Metro Movement. During college, Leah made the switch to Latin dancing specifically salsa and Bachata. Since then she has competed and been very successful at several competitions such as The World Latin Dance cup, World Salsa Summit and The Summit Championship, in salsa, Bachata, Latin Hustle, Cha Cha and lyrical/contemporary. Leah currently trains under Billy Fajardo, and is currently his main instructor/team Director at Fajardo Elite Dance Academy, located in Davie, FL.


Al Liquid Silver  786-201-6510

Widely Acclaimed As the creator of the most memorable salsa routines in the 

world, Al Espinoza, better known as  ‘LIQUID SILVER’, has traveled the world

teaching his unique millenium salsa style.  Al ‘Liquid Silver’ was born in

Sacramento, California and raised in LA. Being from Puerto Rican and Mexican

decent, he grew up listening to salsa. Before he started salsa, Al was a pop

locker and has won popping competitions in Northern and Southern California.

He incorporated his popping and old school hip hop to salsa and created the

unique Millennium salsa style. His originality took him to the top of the salsa

scene. He performed and taught in over 30 countries. Every time he appears on

stage he wins the audience’s hearts with his original dance themes. His most

memorable routines are the following: the Robot, Cowboy, Terminator, King Tut, Beetle Juice, Pepé le Pew, Transformers, and Iron Man. Liquid’s fans never know what to expect. Imagination, a sense of humor and mimicking skills has made his performances unique and unforgettable. In 2003, Liquid Silver performed in “Latin Madness”, an Off Broadway musical in NYC, next to some of the best mambo dancers in the world. While he lived in New York, he was trained by top mambo dancers. Al Liquid Silver also performed for various artists such as Tito Puente Junior, La Palabra, Luisito Rosalio, Rey Sepulveda, Jose Alberto Canario, John Secada. He has also performed for TV stations such as Univision, Telemundo and has been on the cover of a famous LA magazine “Sabor”. Al has judged numerous of competitions around the world, like at the World Salsa Federation. He has also received an award in Miami Salsa Congress for all his achievements.


Mary Ann Rosa Co-Director HIP  347-683-3724 
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. They were well known for their

agility, speed, and dazzling display of lifts and tricks. 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 is known for her smooth style and and sophistication and 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.  Mary Ann's background in event planning is in dance, and also as a member of the international planning committee for medical seminars, chair / co-chair of her community's event planning committee, and is a national speaker.  She is the mastermind behind organizing HIP.          

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                            Eliott Acosta Co-Director HIP  772-626-0818

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 remains 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 a Star for Alzheimer's and Dancing with a star for military vets


Other Instructors Attending the Event hat are  Available for Privates At Event

Maria Fiora 203-570-5440

Latin ballroom dance instructor,coach and performer for 21 years.

Owning Maria Fioras Dance Studio for over 10 years in Connecticut.

Joseh Marion

Joseh Marion hails from Youngstown, Ohio, where he

began dancing on a formation team. His talent was recognized by Fred

Astaire Dance Studio, where he began his career. He now resides on the

west coast of Florida. He has won countless Pro-am scholarships & awards

in all styles of Ballroom and Latin dancing. 

Burton Gazzara  561-350-9839

One of the best hustle dancers in

Florida. Has competed, performed, and recently

appreared with Mary Ann Rosa on the Brooklyn Cafe TV Show.

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