Sid is THRILLED to be joining Arnie Katz as a Creative Collaborator for his TOUCH ME weekend event. Sid is a professional Ballroom & Latin dancer with over 25 years of experience in a diversity of dances, specializing in Argentine Tango. In 2011, he was the 1st North American—and first openly gay man—to ever become the USA Argentine Tango Champion. In 2016,he and his former partner Claudio Marcelo Vidal were the first-ever male-male couple in the USA Argentine Tango Championships, advancing all the way to the finals in a mainstream competition. As such, Sid is committed to making the partner dance experience genderless and accessible to all! His commitment to healthy touch extends to the inner city schools where, 10 years ago, he piloted his NON-competitive BALLROOM BASIX™ program which he launched in a single Harlem middle school with a few dozen students. Since that time, his unique brand of "fun, fitness & fancy footwork" has touched the young lives of nearly 15,000 schoolchildren in more than 60 different schools! Sid has used the principles of BALLROOM BASIX™ to introduce partnered movement in a variety of spiritual settings as a facilitator at Kripalu, Rowe Retreat Center and Easton Mountain, among others. This unique, supportive, rotational method gives ALL participants a chance to connect with one another in a meaningful way through music and movement. Sid believes that a peaceful, more respectful world can truly be built...one dance at a time!