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Natalie Honkonen & Joe Hasson - Instructors at "Fred Astaire - New Jersey"

Teaching during the event
29th - 11am - Intermediate/Advanced American Rumba and 1pm - Intermediate/Advanced ECS
Also on the 29th Joe and Natalie are teaching an Intensive Workshop at 4pm
" Creating Dynamic Rhythm Turns"

30th - 1pm - Intermediate/Advanced Bolero and 2pm - Intermediate/Advanced Samba
31st - 1pm - Intermediate/Advanced Mambo and 2pm - Intermediate/Advanced American Cha-Cha




Joe Hasson

Joe Hasson grew up in the Fred Astaire Family. Joe was dancing since he could walk, in his parents Fred Astaire Dance Studios, now located in New Jersey pursing his dancing dreams. Profesional competing all around the world, with his partner Natalie, they have been blessed with being able to dance recently in the most prestigious ballroom competition in the world, Blackpool England, to represent the 1st year of the American rhythm style.

Over the years, Joe has taught in numerous Fred Astaire Dance Studios across the US, and created many top-ranked students, ranging from Junior age divisions through seniors, who competed in all styles. He looks forward to inspiring many more students to achieve their dancing goals,

Natalie Honkonen

Natalie is from Chattanooga, TN where she graduated from Chattanooga Center for the Creative Arts majoring in Music and Dance. She is also a former student of Columbia College Chicago where she majored in Dance Choreography. Natalie has a passion for all forms of dance and studied several styles including Ballroom, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, and Ballet.

Natalie relocated a few years ago to New Jersey, where she is an instructor with Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Morristown. That is when she and her partner, Joe Hasson, started competing together.

Since their partnership began they have been consistent finalists in the Rising Star and Open Professional Rhythm divisions. They celebrated their first win together at Washington Open in 2016! This past year they traveled to England to represent the USA in the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival, where they were semi-finalists.

Natalie loves dancing more than anything, especially with Mr. Joe Hasson. She looks forward to sharing her passion for the art of dance with everyone she meets.

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