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History

Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport has grown from humble beginnings to become the largest Ballroom and Latin dance studio in New York. Founded in 1985, Paul Pellicoro has brought competitive and social dancing to the heart of New York and to many individuals around the world.

 

DanceSport is located in midtown Manhattan and can proudly call itself the largest dance studio on the east coast. Along with a handful of teachers, these dedicated professionals brought the New York partner dance scene back to life.

 

During the resurgence of Ballroom and Latin dance, Paul and the studio started being featured on news stations, talk shows, and all forms of local media. They came into national acclaim for their role in the choreography of the famous Tango scene with Al Pacino in SCENT OF A WOMAN, and DanceSport continues to be sought out by stars when they’re preparing for their dance parts in film, television and stage.

 

DanceSport’s keys to success from the beginning have included offering a wide variety of dance styles and being pioneers in creating opportunities for people to utilize their skills on the dance floor through practice and city-wide events. As they began to attract other top teachers and performers, their mission was truly realized - to have the most comprehensive programs available in all areas of social and competitive dancing.

 

Thanks to the expertise available at the studio, DanceSport has been able to successfully expand the scope of its services to both the student population and the community of social and competitive dancers. Today, the extensive repertoire at DanceSport also includes show performances, corporate events, dance vacations, wedding services, programs and children’s dance programs.

Paul & Eleny

Founders

In the mid seventies Paul Pellicoro was part of the New York club scene which had reached new heights of popularity with the emergence of disco music and the dance it gave birth to, the Hustle. The Hustle transformed Paul along with the rest of world as it ignited an interest in partner dancing in pop culture, seducing Paul even further to study American and International Style Ballroom Dance. Paul’s talent would soon allow him to work at numerous studios until 1985 when he opened the doors to his own studio with the goal of introducing partner dancing to popular as well as traditional culture, taking a more contemporary approach than previously seen in the Ballroom world.

Paul emphasized social dance as well as competitive style and street style dances such as Hustle and Salsa, and was instrumental at introducing New York to an authentic style known as Argentine Tango, expanding the scope of the Ballroom scene.

Paul has extensive film experience both as a performer and choreographer. In the early 90’s he came to national attention when he trained Academy Award winner Al Pacino for his sizzling tango scene in the hit movie, “Scent of a Woman”.

In 1995 Paul founded the Partner Dance Educational Fund, a not-for-profit organization with a stated mission to bring partner dancing to a wider public. Currently, the Fund sponsors free dance workshops in New York City public schools and private spaces

Today Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport is New York’s largest Latin & Ballroom Dance Studio, and is host to celebrity clients, dance television shows, as well as social and competitive dancers of all ages. The studio is world renowned for preserving the art of partner and social dancing through all its forms.

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