Founder & Director of Development
Nathan Hescock, professional dancer and entrepreneur, founded Rhythm Break Productions in 1999, creating a home for other dance professionals to maintain their craft, broaden their ideas, and share their knowledge with others. He is also the founder of NY Wedding & Partner Dance and Furnish Green. Nathan began studying ballroom dance in 1980. Dancing did not come easily for him and he was invigorated by the challenges brought in the studio and the stage. Nearly thirty years later, Nathan has not only mastered the art of social dance but has found a way to share his passion with both those dedicated to the art and those looking to have a good time on the dance floor. He is also the ballroom instructor for the United Nations. Nathan founded Rhythm Break Cares in 2001 as an expression for his knowledge of music, movement and passion for the elderly community.
Thomas J. McKeeff, Ph. D, Board of Directors
Dr. McKeeff is a cognitive neuroscientist at Harvard University and investigates the complex relationship between the brain and behavior. His research focuses primarily on the cortical and cognitive mechanisms that underlie perception, attention, action, and awareness. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Psychology and earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University.
Stine fell in love with dance at a young age. In 2006 she received her B.A. inProfessional 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 currently performing with modern dance companies Body Collider Dance, Ruah Inc., Shirdance and Modern Gypsies. She has performed at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, the Marc Jacobs Holiday Party, Biz Bash Style Awards at Nokia Theatre, Tribeca Film festival and more. Stine started dancing with Rhythm Break Cares in 2011 and is currently the Director Of Operations.
Melissa Huang, Board of Directors
Melissa started volunteering with Rhythm Break Cares early 2015 and has since fallen in love with the organization. She has danced her entire life, from classical ballet to colorguard to ballroom dancing, and is now an active patron of the arts. Melissa is a recent graduate of NYU, where she studied Economics (and spent a lot of time studying to/ at ballroom competitions). She recently finished an intensive coding program and is excited to combine her passion for web development and art.
Natalya, Board of Directors
Natalya, a consultant at McKinsey & Co., has devoted her life to Alzheimer's disease research and ballroom dancing - she received a PhD in Alzheimer's disease drug development from Weill Cornell Graduate School and danced international latin for many years. Natalya is passionate about RB Cares, an organization that has improved the lives of countless Alzheimer's patients through partnered movement.
James Repetti, Instructor
James Repetti is a competitive Ballroom dancer. He is currently one of the highest ranked Championship Rhythm dancers in the country, as he and his partner became the 2015 National Vice-Champions in their style. James has competed in and teaches all four Ballroom Dance styles: Latin, Rhythm, Standard, and Smooth. Additionally, he has experience working with the elderly and those with chronic conditions.
What James loves most about Ballroom Dance is its ability to allow people to express themselves and feel confident in what they are able to do, regardless of their level of expertise. Although as dancers we focus on technique and very precise ways of doing things, in the end, James believes that whether you're a beginner or a professional, dance is all about having a good time and enjoying yourself. He incorporates this belief into his work and always makes sure that his students are having fun. James truly enjoys being a dance instructor and loves nothing more than seeing the excitement on a student's face when they are dancing.
Hooba, Florida Instructor
From body suspension, circus and classical to modern dance, Hooba graced the stages at Nokia Theatre, Gotham Hall, and Lincoln Center. After earning a dance and movement counseling degree in Norway, he sailed into NYC-based companies: SOTU Productions, Tweeds, Ruah Inc and most recently Modern Gypsies. He continues to choreograph, perform and tour with Body Collider Dance, for which he is a co-founder.
Charlene Wang, Director of Operations, Instructor
For Charlene, dance is life. She is a former competitive tennis player turned ballroom dancer, and she loves being on the floor and making real connections with the audience - as well as the RB Cares groups. She is a USA Dance national finalist and currently competes Amateur Latin while teaching and freelancing as an event planner. She is very thankful for the opportunity to work with RB Cares and believes that dance truly heals all. Follow her on Instagram @nycharlene.
Dylan Cary, Instructor
Dylan began dancing at the age of 12 through his elementary school program and he's been hooked ever since. He truly fell in love with it at age 14 and knew he wanted to share it with others. When he was 16, he branched out to ballet and jazz as well as dancing ballroom. Dylan has been in many finals across the United States and won his first national title in 2016. He continues to dance and compete internationally, including attending the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival in summer of 2017. He loves to dance and can't wait to share it with you!
Cathleen Villapudua, Instructor