OurHistory & BackgroundEST. 1985

 Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport has grown from humble beginnings to become one of 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 foremost mixed social and competitive 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.


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Good Morning America

“GMA” anchor Diane Sawyer took her gang to participate in one of her favorite activities — dancing. Find out what happend when Diane, Robin, Chris and Sam go salsa dancing for the first time at the largest ballroom and latin dance studio!

Ultimate Road Trip

The YES Network show “Ultimate Road Trip 3” is about six die-hard Yankees fans all living under one roof that are forced to compete in countless physical and mental challenges for game tickets throuout the entire season. These six lucky road trippers (what they call the six Yankee fan cast members) get a shot at seeing a slew of Yankees games across the country, and the road tripper who wins the most Yankees game tickets during the regular season will win the “Ultimate Road Trip 3” grand prize.

This week the “Ultimate Road Trip 3” cast and crew met at DanceSport for the ultimate challenge—the “Dancing with the DanceSport Stars” episode! Road trippers each had only 2 hours with a DanceSport Instructor to learn a 45 second routine! None of these guys and girls had ANY formal dance training; but as we all know nothing is too much of a challenge for our DanceSport Stars!!

CW11 Morning News

Julie Chang & Dr. Steven Salvatore from CW11 Morning News caught the pair-dance fever at DanceSport!

You’ve seen Jerry Springer light up the dance floor in “Dancing with the Stars”, so why not our own Truly Julie and Dr. Steve?! They caught the pair-dance fever and headed to Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport Studios to truly (or at least try to) hit a stride.


Good advice from Dr. Oz:

“Release jitters by SWING DANCING with Adam Katona, Milo Saidl, Laura Assante, Natalie Cruz, Alexandra L., Robert Arvidsson, and the rest of the stars of Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport!”

Celebrity Students

Film, TV & Stage Appearances



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