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HEATHER EDWARDS – Lead Musical Director – (bio)

ABBY JONESLead Director/Choreographer (bio)

NANCY BOCANEGRA grew up in Queens, New York surrounded by Latin music, heritage and culture. She started dancing folkloric dances at a young age, performing in parades, schools and special events, and family parties where she was introduced to Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.
Despite being exposed in a Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio to many styles of partner dancing such as Hustle, Tango, Cha Cha, West Coast Swing, Foxtrot and Waltz, her heart stayed true with salsa. She furthered her Salsa training, enhancing her techniques and timing by studying with many talented instructors in New York and competing successfully with choreographed routines and freestyle in Philadelphia, Miami, New York and Montreal. After years of education, performances, and competitions. A certification in Yoga enhanced her knowledge about the body and how it works complementing her style of  instruction. Nancy loves to teach her students find their style and confidence on any dance floor! You’ll often find Nancy’s love of dance on her Instagram

EMMANUEL DE JESUS is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to NYC to pursue his dancing career. As a dancer he toured internationally and worked for Latin artists, Dance companies and shows including “West Side Story”. He is also a ProMakeup artist for MAC Cosmetics in New York City for the past six years. As a freelance Artist, he designs theatrical make up on performers for performance art, stage, shows, events, photo shoots, etc. You can see more of Emmanuel’s work on his Instagram and his website

VENESSA HOLLINGSHEAD has 22 TV and Film credits, has performed for the troops in the Middle East as well as performed around the world. She has opened for Bill Maher, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, and Jim Norton. 

Funny Women Of A Certain Age Showtime, Marc Maron WTC Podcast (6 million listenership) Gotham Live, Comics Unleashed NBC (2 episodes) Comedy Central Special, Louis Anderson PresentsComedy Central Premium Blend . Find Venessa on Instagram and her website.

TATIANA KEEGAN, the reigning U.S. amateur national champion in International Latin (age 35+) with partner Anatoliy Shvarts, has taught at some of New York’s finest dance schools: Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport, and Pierre Dulaine’s Dancing Classrooms, which was featured in the film Mad Hot Ballroom. She has also appeared as a teacher on The Late Show With David Letterman and the AMC reality series Into Character. Born in Volgograd, Russia, Tatiana was the Russian Amateur National Champion in Ten Dances before coming to the United States and winning multiple events, including the United States Ballroom Championship Rising Star title with Tony Dovolani of Dancing With The Stars. She teaches a wide variety of dances, from International Latin (Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive) to Standard and American Smooth (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and Viennese Waltz) as well as Swing, Hustle, Salsa, and Merengue. “Tati is the most patient, loving, thoughtful, and above all genuine teacher I’ve ever had,” says Lawson Harris, who has danced professionally for more than thirty years. “She will jump through a ring of fire to inspire her students to reach their potential.” Check out Tatiana’s amazing dance videos on her Instagram and website.

MARIA KENT is known for her one-of-a-kind costume designs and makeup styles. Maria is constantly creating bigger and bolder costumes and remains on the cutting edge with her variety of creative inspiring make-up looks for herself, as well as various entertainers and models throughout the NYC area! She has taught make-up artistry to children (and adults!) of all ages. Maria is a highly versatile performer who comes from a classically trained background also performs in such acts as stilt walking, showgirl, celebrity impersonator, living statue and much more! You can see the many looks Maria has created on her Instagram and website.

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