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.
Director of Operations, instructor
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.
Teresa Lii, Board of Directors
Teresa picked up ballroom dance as a college student at Columbia University in 2007, and ballroom has since become a huge part of her life. She is an active dancesport competitor and current board member of the Greater New York Chapter of USA Dance. She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to bring RB Cares' message to the broader dance community, as she believes the work that the organization does can bring change to so many people's lives with the simple joy of dance.Since graduating from Columbia Law School in May 2013, Teresa has been in the corporate turnaround and restructuring world and is currently a legal analyst at Reorg Research.
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.
Amy Klewitz, Instructor
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.
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, 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.
Benjamin Thys, Instructor
Benjamin was born and raised around Europe. He studied mandarin chinese, philosophy and religions at the University of London. Benjamin played Malcolm and Porter in Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. After receiving his M.F.A. from The New School for Drama, he joined the cast of the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park, where he appeared in Measure for Measure and All's Well that Ends Well. Television work includes Master of None (Netflix) Forever (ABC), Taxi Brooklyn (NBC), HBO's High Maintenance, USA series Royal Pains and Vimeo's Hunting Season. Other favourite New York credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and The Seagull. He will next be seen in the independent feature Front Cover as well as season 3 of Broad City.
Cathleen Villapudua, Instructor