Grand Opening


We’re very excited about our spectacular Grand Opening celebration and the ceremonies and fun that will be part of it on Thursday, January 30 beginning at 7 p.m. Under the ownership of Ilya Velednitsky and Mariya Ilchenko, we plan to make this Fred Astaire Dance Studio a vital member of the Ahwatukee-Phoenix community for a long time to come!

The evening includes professional dance performances, a silent auction benefiting the local Armer Foundation, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, social dancing, and more!  We’ll kick off the evening by introducing the owners and hear a few words from from Co-National Dance Director Steven Knight and Arizona regional director Albina Habrle, and we’ll present Chamber of Commerce members for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. This is a black-tie event so please dress accordingly.

In addition, we will have special guest, Tony Dovolani from Dancing With The Stars, who will lead a fun and festive line dance! You will not want to miss this great opportunity to meet one of the best in the business.

Join us for an evening of good food and great fun as we celebrate the grand opening of our Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Ahwatukee! 

Grand Opening Festivities:

  • 7:00 p.m. –  Doors Open
  • 7:15 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting (Tony, Mariya and Andy Hayes (Chamber President)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Tony Dovolani line dancing
  • 7:45 p.m. – Tony Dovolani meet and greet (autographs and selfies)
  • 8 –8:30 p.m. – Open Dancing
  • 8:30 p.m. – Professional dance show