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"The performance was very entertaining and both Mark and Karen were extremely professional. They engaged the audience with a salsa lesson, which you could tell was fun for everyone. I definitely recommend using them"
Maria Bouzas - Director of International Programs - Seton Hall University - Review
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"Mark James and Karen Lupo's outstanding performances help to transport the audience on an imaginary visit to various countries (all over the world) through their multi-cultural celebration of dance.!"

Stephen C. Pagano - Adjunct Professor - Five Towns College - Musical Director - Hofstra Entertainment - Review

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"Mark and Karen performed exceptionally well at our diversity event, beyond our expectations. They brought excitement and entertained our audience with their incredible dancing skills. I would recommend them for any functions. Thank you"

Ed DeSanto - Corporate Payroll/Time Manager - St Barnabas Hospital - Bronx - Review

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Mark James is

- Suffolk Zone (Former VP Dance) NYS AHPERD
(New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance)
- Certified New York State Biology Instructor (9-12)
- Adjunct Assistant Professor @ SCCC since 2002 (PE dept - Ammermann Campus),
- Mark's Resume as pdf
Karen Lupo is

- Coach of the SCCC, "Shall I Take the Lead" Dance Club
- National Dance Championship and numerous other Awards

Mark James & Karen Lupo have always had the passion to bring his wish of providing Ballroom & Latin Dancing to the Classroom, since he first started dancing, some 30 years ago.

Mark & Karen
- Championship Dance Team
- Expert public speakers and powerful communicators.

- We weave in stories throughout the presentation of the history of the dances - (concept - to understand the World's Cultural Diversity) - with humor ( a straitjacket salsa escape) & Open-Ended Questions ( we wait for responses ).

- Here are some of the Power Words or Character Building Concepts we present to the students (Respect - Courtesy/Manners, Responsibility, Cooperation, Teamwork, Caring, Perseverance, Self-Discipline, Fairness, Courage & Honesty)
- To develop a positive self-image with essential life skills build Self-confidence, cooperation with the opposite gender
- the lifelong/lifetime hobby of Ballroom or Latin Dance for Increased Physical & Emotional Well-Being
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Ballroom, Salsa, Latin, Swing, Tango & Hustle

"Mark James and his dance partner Karen Lupo performed at the Vanderbilt Museum and Estate to the delight of our guests. He is a seasoned professional who knows how to entertain audiences and spark everyones appreciation for the art of dance."
Lance Reinheimer - Executive Director - Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium - Review

For Schools we have Age appropriate Costumes & Routines
We take the worry out of your projects

"They were perfect! Everyone enjoyed themselves and the students that participated in the learning section really had fun. Mark and Karen are such a joy to work with!"
Shakia A - SUNY @ Old Westbury, NY (GM) - Review

Tango Argentine Show - 53 sec

40's Lindy Hop - Swing Dance - 44 sec
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Passion & Experience "Mark & Karen have both experience & passion for what they do. They truly connect with their audiences and engage them in the magic of dance. Mark and Karen take their audiences through a magical journey in which they blend Latin history and art. I have taken high school students to not only enjoy the engaging performances of Mark and Karen but also to learn to dance themselves. With patience, technique and passion for what they do, Mark and Karen are able to successfully teach the kids how to dance some Latin rhythms such as bachata and merengue. I have been taken students to see Mark and Karen for several years and will continue to do so. I admire their dedication, their knowledge and their passion for Latin dance."
Marcella - Educational School Program (GS) - Review

"As the owner of Stardust Dance Productions, Ltd since 2008, I have had the pleasure of working with Mark James and Karen Lupo. They are skillful performers. Their performances invoke tears, laughter, and amazement and heighten your sense of appreciation for the hard work and dedication invested in the art form we call ballroom dancing. I find I get lost in their performance as their energy is infectious and they have an intimacy in their every spin, gesture and glance."
Linda S. Gilberg - Stardust Dance Productions, Ltd - owner - Weekends & Cruises - Review

Mark & Karen have been - FEATURED PERFORMERS

- Stardust Dance Weekends, Catskills
- New York Society of Teachers of Dance Bi-Annual Spring Banquets
- Ritz - Carlton (NYC) ----- 30 year Anniversary
- Cruises in the Carribean
- World Hustle Featured Performers & Judges
- 19th Festival of Trees
----- United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, NY - Fundraiser - 11/07
- Disco America Featured Performers & Judges
- Port Jefferson Art's Council - Dance in Film
Lecture & Demo ----- (Dirty Dancing & Strictly Ballroom)
- Suffolk Zone - PE Conference Lecturer
- Former Vice president of Dance - Suffolk Zone - NYS APHPERD
- NCL Pride of America - 1st Cruise - California to Hawaii
- United States Ballroom Foundation 911 Fund Raiser
- Louis Del Prete Dance, LI
- Dance Fusion, LI
- Dance Zone, LI - New Year's Eve & Anniversary Show
- Patty & Anthony's Dance, LI
- DJ Ray's Dances, LI, NY
plus numerous corporate functions.

Ballroom for Everyone "M&K Dance & Magic Zone did a Terrific job of inspiring the students to dance ballroom. Their skill & patience helped to jump start our performing arts program. I highly recommend them for any school / private function."
Yvette - Educational School Program (GS) - Review

"Mark James and Karen Lupo have reached the pinnacle of our profession. They maintain Ballroom Dancing in the art form that it deserves. They are among a handful of colleagues that makes me proud to be a Ballroom Dance Teacher."
Alfonso Triggiani - Touch Dancing Dance Studios & TV Show - Creator of Argentine Tango NDCA Syllabus - Review

TV Performances -

- Featured Dancer on TV - PBS - Championship Ballroom Dancing
- A&E - American Castles
- Public Access - Touch Dancing - Demonstration-Hustle
- Public Access - Touch Dancing - Demonstration-Cha cha
- Connecticut Public Access - Performance - Rocky Hill
- Star Singer USA Junior - Malaysian TV Awards Show

Not to be Missed "Mark & Karen are the ultimate professionals. The dance instruction and the lesson of the history of the dances presented to the students was outstanding. All students were engaged and many hated to have it end."
Liz - Educational School Program (GS) - Review

"As the retired founder and president of Stardust Dance Productions I had many occasions to invite Mark James and Karen Lupo to perform and teach for us. - Their dance programs were always extremely well choreographed and creative, and greatly enjoyed by our audience. Because of their popularity, they were our most frequently booked dance teams. - Their teaching skills are outstanding. We were always proud to have them listed as members of our dance faculty."
Leonard Moss - founder & past president - Stardust Dance Productions, Ltd - Review


- United States National Championships
- Finalist in the Open Theatrical
- National Rising Star Theatrical Champion
- United States National Championships
- Finalist in the Open Theatrical
- 6 time American Star Ball Theatrical Champion
- 4 Time Zachary's Show Dance Champion
- 3 Time Baltimore Invitational Theatrical Champion
- Empire State Ballroom Classic Theatrical Champion
- Imperial Star Ball Theatrical Champion
- New England Imperial Theatrical Champion
- New York Dance Festival Theatrical Champion
- Imperial Star Theatrical Champion
- North Star Ball
- Rising Star Theatrical Champion
- Open Theatrical Champion
- Hustle USA - Open Cabaret Champion
- Featured Dancer on TV
- PBS - Championship Ballroom Dancing
- A&E - American Castles

Mesmerizing Dancing "I attended the November 2013 Stardust Weekend only to see the dance team of Mark James & Karen Lupo. They opened with a riveting , sexy salsa that left me breathless. that number was followed with a beautifully executed, romantic, flowing, melodic waltz danced to "A Time for Us" They ended with an emotional threater arts routine danced with intensity and passion to "Unchained Melody". The versatility of this team is apparent by their perfect execution of such diverse dances as performed so flawlessly at Stardust."
Tina Rosa - Stardust Dance Weekend (GS) - Review

"As Mark James and Karen Lupo entered the dance floor, the audience could feel their energy & smooth. Then an audible gasp from the audience as Mark effortlessly lifts Karen into the air. The dance performance was the highlight of the evening, with graceful strength, emotional connection, and skillful dancing."
Nancy Marshall - Stony Brook University Dance Club - Professor, Dept of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology - Review

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Amazing Evening enjoded by Everyone! "Mark and Karen's performance at the Riverhead Free Library was truly awesome! The show had everyone at awe with their dancing skills, moves & lifts, laughing at their wit and jokes and astonished they knew magic as well! The applaud, laughter and smiles coming from the audience was as indicator that this was an evening we will all remember."
Nancy Farmer - Riverhead Free Library 5/2014 - Program Director (GS) - Review

Key to a Successful Party ! "Working with M&K-Dance&Magic Zone was a wonderful experience. Not only were they beautiful dancers and entertaining to watch, but Mr. James ability to engage the audience and get them to participate in the dancing made the evening a success!"
Carla Jennings - Northport Yacht Club 3/2014 - Latin American Salsa Evening - Corporate (GS) - Review