Former IDO World Cabaret Exhibition Dance Champions and IDO World Disco Hustle Champions, Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlo are the only couple in the history of the US to hold two separate world dance titles within the same year. In addition, Billy and Katie are former US Open Cabaret Champions, United States Hustle Champions, and NADC Cabaret Champions.
They have been featured performers three years in a row at the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival Open Exhibition Championships, and at many other important venues throughout the world.
Billy has over 30 years of dance performance experience. As a young man, he was the founder and lead performer of the Dance Dimensions, the internationally acclaimed dance company who appeared on Don Kirshnerís Rock Concert from 1978-1982. He has appeared at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Radio City and numerous top venues around the world. He has worked and choreographed for numerous headliners, including Gloria Gaynor, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Bob Hope, the list goes on. Film credits include Carlitoís Way, Cross Over Dreams, and the recently released Summer of Sam.
Katie Marlow has been performing professionally since 1981. As a performer, she has assembled a wide range of credits stretching from cabaret revues, to theatre to television and feature films. She is a member of both Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association. Beginning her performance career as a showgirl aboard the Cunard NAC Cruise Line, she later branched out to do commericials and feature films. Just a few of her credits include A Chorus Line: The Movie the television show “The Equalizer” and Miami Vice. She later moved into choreography, putting together, the ìHot Nights in the City nightclub revue in Japan. In 1995 she founded Dancesation! Entertainment an upscale production company who provides entertainment services throughout the United States for major corporations.
In the relatively short span of their partnership, Billy and Katie have amassed an impressive list of credits. The pair quickly moved up through the discriminating ranks of the ballroom dance world, and achieved the titles of IDO World Cabaret Exhibition Dance Champions and IDO World Disco Hustle Champions. They are the only couple in the history of the US to hold two separate world dance titles within the same year.
A few of their other titles include 2000 US Open Cabaret Champions, 1999 United States Hustle Champions, 2002 NADC Cabaret Champions.
In addition, the couple have been three time invitees to the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival Open Exhibition Championships, an honor reserved for only a select few throughout the world. They have been featured performers in many far off destinations, including Singapore and China, and have been featured at home in the US at such well known venues as Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center. They were the subjects of a special television segment for Good Life TV.
In addition to their performance career, Billy and Katie continue to run Dancesation! Studio and Entertainment, producing top notch entertainment programs for thier various corporate clients. Recent Dancesation! performances include Deloitte and Touche, McKinsey and Company, Lorillard Companies, Merck Pharmeceuticals, and Home Depot.
They are also co-owners, along with partner Randy Atlas, of the International Hustle and Salsa Competition; a sell out dance convention that takes place every April on Miami Beach.