Cleveland native, Rebecca Sweet, became a professionally recognized dancer shortly after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College. From Massachusetts, she moved to New York City, where she invested 10 years performing, instructing and competing professionally in International Latin and American Rhythm competitions.
For several years, the Eddie Torres Latin Dance Company featured Rebecca on the global dance stage. She served as the Dance Director for Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport, the largest partner dance studio in Manhattan. Before transitioning into International Latin dance, Rebecca’s first dancing partner was Tony Dovolani with ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
While living in New York, Rebecca was recruited to work with Robert DeNiro, Daman Wayans, Winton Marsalis, Chayanne and Vanessa Williams, as well as other well-known artists. From there, she went on to perform across the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her competitive dancing career has taken her across Europe and the Mediterranean, where she won and placed in competitions.
After her successful career in New York and abroad, Rebecca returned to northeastern Ohio, where she opened her own dance academy, Viva Dance Studio. She continues to perform, compete and teach. Being a passionate organizer of shows and performances, she served as show director and featured performer for the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, as well as for Southwest General Hospital. She worked with the Cleveland Clinic providing a dance show for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Rebecca has performed at the State Theatre, the Detroit Institute of Art and with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall. She has judged Salsa competitions at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and IX Center. She is Playhouse Square’s resident dance instructor at their Midsummer Night Salsa Series on US Bank Plaza. Most recently, she was a featured presenter at the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program, which is sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.
Rebecca’s boundless enthusiasm inspires others to learn dance and the culture from which it came, as well as spread the joy and health benefits from this activity to others.