Gene Russo, is the former artistic program director and cofounder of Connecting Through Dance, a local nonprofit organization, bringing dance to the Blind and Visually Impaired community. Gene has over 45 years of teaching experience and a reputation for getting student dancing well, in a very short time. He has been a Bay Area resident since 1989. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gene began dancing at age seven with tap, jazz and ballet, often performing for community nursing homes, veterans’ hospitals and lodge groups. He taught at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios, moved into competitive ballroom dancing studying in England, and then had his own studio in Philadelphia where he developed his first dance program for the visually impaired. Gene’s goal is to teach his students to enjoy dancing well, as a celebration of partnership.