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GAIL BOURQUE FINK
House Choreographer, Business Manager, Instructor, Performer
Gail has danced since the age of 4; she started with ballet, tap and jazz.
Her performance credits include La Pierre Student Dance Company and
performing as a soloist at Copley Square Ballet in Boston.
Her passion for dance led her to study professional musical theatre
and eventually became a performer and teacher at Fred Astaire in New York City.
Introduced to New York Partner Dance by then boyfriend, now husband,
who had taken lessons from Nathan, Gail was excited by the untraditional
nature of the studio. In 2007 she joined New York Partner Dance,
sharing her particular talent for interpreting music and lyrics for our clients. LESLIE FISH
Favorite dance : Tango, Shag, and Swing
Leslie began her dance training at a very young age at the Annapolis Ballet. She then studied at the Baltimore Ballet, the Peabody Institute and trained with Violette Verdy briefly at Goucher College before enrolling at the North Carolina School for the Arts where she studied both classical and contemporary dance. She has had extensive training in Argentine tango and spent four months in Buenos Aires studying with Carlos Gavito, Nito & Elba Garcia, Oscar Mandagaran and Guillermina Quiroga among others. She also studied to dance and teach Mambo on 2 with Jimmy Anton in New York City.
She has danced in many events in New York and around the world including Avantango, Del Tingo al Tango, and was featured in the short film Una Leccion with Carlos Gavito in 2001.
Leslie was invited to join the staff of NYPD in 2006. AMY KLEWITZ
Favorite dance : Latin and Ballroom
Amy began dancing and performing at a young age and knew this was her calling. Her love for partner dancing began with Swing and Salsa in her teens when she went on to train and compete in American Smooth and Rhythm. Amy holds a B.A. in Dance and Theatre from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A in Theatre Performance and Dance from The New School University/Actors Studio Drama School.
Her choreography has been seen in numerous musicals, showcases, and Off-Broadway. She has danced in commercials, films and TV shows including Guiding Light. Her teaching styles include American Rhythm and Smooth as well as Salsa, Hustle, and Argentine Tango. Her favorite part of being a teacher is sharing her love for movement and being a part of a couple's special day!
Stine fell in love with dance at a young age. In 2006, she received her B.A. in Professional Dance and Pedagogy from the Norwegian College of Dance, specializing in dance and movement counseling. After graduating, she moved to New York for continued studies at Dance New Amsterdam. Stine is a co-founder of the modern dance company Body Collider Dance and also performs with Ruah Inc. For performance art and circus acts, she performs with Shirdance and Modern Gypsies Productions.
Stine is also the Director Of Operations for Rhythm Break Cares, NYWD's sister non-profit that uses music, movement and touch to improve quality of life for people with Alzheimer's and dementia, and their caregivers. Stine's speciality is teaching and choreographing to more non traditional music in a great variety of dance styles.
Selling rocks from his own back yard at the age of 7 was an early sign that
Nathan Hescock had an entrepreneurial spirit.
Founder of Rhythm Break Productions, parent company to Rhythm Break Entertainment,
New York Wedding & Partner Dance and Furnish Green Inc.,
Nathan learned the skill of running a successful business by observing two generations of his own family.
He is also the co-founder of The Ballroom Foundation,
a non-profit whose mantra is "touching lives through dance".
Involved in dance for 23 years, Nathan has taught and performed all over the country.
He was recently features on NBC Today Show, ABC's I-Caught, and Nightline.
Currently, he is also the ballroom instructor at the United Nations. JASON BAYUS
Favorite Dance : break dance, hip-hop, salsa
At the age of 14 Joey was invited to perform in a salsa exhibition, his excitement was met with only one major dilemma - he could not dance salsa. After one rehearsal and sheer necessity to prepare for this performance, Joey taught himself. This same ambition stayed with him as he learned street funk, break dance, capeoira, Latin jazz, smooth and Latin ballroom, eventually becoming a teacher at Fred Astaire Dance Studio. He was first introduced to New York Partner Dance while searching for rental space. His natural charisma was instantly apparent and he was approached to head Rhythm Break Entertainment. Joey's party motivating, fun, innovative ways of teaching dance to groups is an instant success at any special event. SAHAR PARIROKH
Relations Manager, Instructor, Performer
Favorite Dance : Salsa and Belly Dance
Always an enthusiast of dance, Sahar attended and performed with Colorado Ballet at a young age. After fulfilling her dream to live in New York she discovered the world of New York Mambo, which she has studied and performed for 5 years, including being a member of Razz M' Tazz and Casa De La Salsa mambo companies.
A recent Fashion Marketing graduate from Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, in New York, Sahar was initially hired by New York Wedding Dance as a stylist for photo shoot. As the business began to expand, in summer of 2008 she was brought on as the Public Relations Manager. EVA CARROZZA
Eva began her dance career as a modern dancer, performing and touring with several dance companies most notably, The Jean Erdman Theatre of Dance, The Doris Humphrey Repertory Dance Ensemble, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.
Eva's immersion into social dancing began in 1993. She is now a senior teaching artist with the American Ballroom Theater's Dancing Classrooms, featured in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom and the film, Take the Lead. In recent years, Eva has toured with Forever Swing, performed tango with the New York City Ballet and appeared in the Wendy Taucher production Carly Simon Dances. If you watch channel 13 in NYC, you will probably see Eva dancing tango on the station identifications. WALTER PEREZ
Walter began dancing in his hometown, Buenos Aires. What began as a kind of therapy soon became a seductive way of life. Since 1993, he has dedicated his career to studying Argentine Tango and the broad spectrum of Latin dances.
Walter has trained in various styles and techniques with renowned Tango instructors such as Juan Carlos Copes, Graciela Gonzalez and Rodolfo Dinzel. In 1998, the world of salsa led him to Argentina where he learned salsa on 2 with Jimmy Anton. A few years later he moved to New York to fully dedicate his time as a professional dancer, adding west coast swing to his repertoire.
Walter's latest accomplishments include being featured as a principal dancer in a nationwide campaign for Coldwell Bank, and a in the Romartis Production of Tango first century directed by Romulo Larrea.