2018 'Dancing for Wellness' Benefit for Senior Citizens Huge Success; Hosted by Christine Montanti at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Huntington


Event hosted By Christine Montanti, presented by The Equity First Foundation with Performances By Professional Ballroom Dancers, Dimitriy Saykovskyy, Adriana Dwyer, Artem Belmeha, and Anna Shevchenko.

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Dimitriy Saykovskky and Mary Alice Meinersman.

Photo by: Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com

Long Island, NY - April 2, 2018 - Dancing For Wellness had a goal to benefit Senior communities, as well as promote programs to assist Senior citizens. Crimes against the elderly continue to skyrocket each year, as criminals continue to find more ways to carry out both new and old scams, including medicare & phone scams. In fact, seniors lose billions of dollars a year to scams. Senior citizens should be especially aware of fraud schemes targeting their lifestyle and savings and follow a series of tips to protect themselves and their family members from fraud.

Christine Montanti. Photo Credit: Don Fitzgibbon 
This year’s event was hosted by Christine Montanti on Wednesday, March 28th, at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Huntington Station. Dancing For Wellness featured performances by World Professional Ballroom dancers, Dimitriy Saykovskyy, Adriana Dwyer, Artem Belmeha and Anna Shevchenko. Olga & Sasha Bylim and Dimitriy Saykovskyy are the new owners of the Fred Astaire Huntington Station location where the event was held.  Dancing for Wellness was featured by Rhonda Klch of Equity First Foundation. Guests who attended enjoyed an evening of Ballroom Dancing, Drinks, and Hors’D Oeuvres! Food and Drinks courtesy of  Elegant Affairs and PortoFino Restaurant. Other sponsors include celebrity permanent make up artist, Sharon Grasso of Permanent Touch Makeup Cosmetics.

Adriana Dwyer and Dimitriy Saykovskyy. Photo Credit: Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com
Christine Montanti is an American Journalist who currently holds the positions as senior editor and advertising director for Social Life Magazine. Her diverse position at Social Life Magazine enables her to use her broad based skills by producing covers, writing editorials, conducting on-camera celebrity interviews and reporting and writing for New York TV news segments. 
Christine’s lifelong passion is spending her free time helping animals. She is actively involved in rescue missions that treat injured, abused and stray animals. Christine works directly with veterinarians and charitable organizations that provide the necessary medical care to treat the animals she rescues. Christine hosts numerous charity events to raise awareness and research funding for various causes. 

Olga Bylim and Sasha Bylim. Photo Credit: Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com


Olga & Sasha Bylim and Dimitriy Saykovskyy are the new owners of The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Huntington Station. Olga and Sasha Bylim are also the regional Fred Astaire area directors of Long Island.  Fred Astaire’s network of worldwide dance studios has produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers, who are the living embodiment of Fred Astaire’s style and grace. Since 1947, we have had the honor & privilege of improving the lives of our students, staff and everyone who is associated with our company, through the joy of dancing! Ballroom Dance Lessons Should be FUN! The teaching philosophy at every Fred Astaire Dance studio is simple and straightforward: learning how to ballroom dance is always fun! We work with students of all ages and abilities, and help them realize their dancing goals in a friendly and inspirational atmosphere.

Olga Bylim leading group dance lesson. Photo Credit: Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com
The Equity First Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization formed with the goal of bringing financial education and best practices to the community through workshops, seminars and resource materials. Guided by a Board of experts from the Long Island business community, the mission of Equity First Foundation is to educate the community so they can make financial decisions with knowledge and confidence. Learn today to choose wisely tomorrow – that is the mantra of Equity First Foundation.

Artem Belmeha and Anna Shevchenko. Photo Credit: Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com
Sharon Grasso began her career in the plastic surgery industry in 1995 while simultaneously pursuing her passion as an artist- painting elaborate drawings.  Her creative talent and lifelong dedication to art coupled with her extensive experience working in plastics has made Sharon one of the most skilled permanent makeup experts in the industry.   As a dually licensed medical aesthetician and medical micropigmentation artist with over two decades of experience, Sharon holds an impressive list of credentials.   She is a licensed permanent makeup instructor and she currently serves the Advisory Board of the prestigious Long Island Nail, Skin and Hair Institute which offers the only New York State approved curriculum for permanent makeup.

Sharon Grasso and Jeff Grasso. Photo Credit: Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com
Andrea Correale founded Elegant Affairs more than 20 years ago. Her vision and goal was and still is to be the finest New York City and Hamptons catering and party rentals company. Elegant Affairs and its off- premise catering expertise is a favorite among successful New Yorker’s, Long Islander’s, and Hamptons socialites. Award winning catered events begin and end with Elegant Affairs Caterers. Whether it’s a Hamptons gathering, a Long Island gold coast mansion wedding, a vineyard wedding, a political fundraiser, or a media event for thousands, Elegant Affairs is the caterer of choice.

Dimitriy Saykovskyy and Terri Haegele. Photo Credit: Rob Rich of SocietyAllure.com
PortoFino Restaurant brings gourmet pizza & Italian food to Huntington. With our old fashion recipes and high quality food products, you're sure to find a dish that you'll love. We start with only the freshest seafood, meats, and produce delivered daily and imported oils, spices, and cheeses to prepare delicious Italian dishes that are sure to delight the senses.