Mark Adler – District Director
Mark Adler is the owner of the Austin, River Oaks, Sugarland and Woodlands Studios, along with Stephanie.
Even though he is a business major, Mark is equivalently a phenomenal dancer. He began with the Latin styles and has been extensively training in the Smooth styles for the last ten years. Owning their own dance studio is a lifetime dream-come-true for Stephanie and Mark. Their Woodlands studio is the 7th largest Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the U.S. and the largest dance studio in the Houston-area. Both his Sugarland and Woodlands studios are in the Top 20 Studios in the United States! That being said, Mark and Stephanie are known throughout Fred Astaire for both their dancing and business management.
Mark says that owning a studio was one of his major goals, but he also aspires to own a studio that “provides the best customer service and quality of instruction.” He only continues to provide excellent customer service and share his “passion for the arts with students,” which is how he became involved in the Ballroom world in the first place.
Mark is extremely proud of the successes of his students, and he will only continue to strive to create an atmosphere where everyone can grow to reach their full potential.
Stephanie – District Director
Stephanie, certified in various types of dance including Ballroom, Swing, Hip-Hop and Belly Dancing, has also had extensive training in Ballet, Latin, Jazz and Modern dancing. She attended the National German Dance Council as well as the German Professional Dance Teacher Association, both of which she graduated Valedictorian from on full scholarships. Stephanie has competed at numerous levels both nationally and internationally, and was frequently named champion. Currently, she is ranked 16th on the World Ranking List for dancers. With so much dance experience, Stephanie only wished to share her passion with the rest of the world. Being the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios is a great honor for Stephanie.
She says that it is more than just a dance studio. It offers an environment for learning, fun and excitement and an opportunity to share her passion for dancing with others. Stephanie explains, “One of the best parts of dancing is meeting new people and making new friends.”
Ben – Studio Director
With so much dance experience, it is not hard to believe that Ben Seifert began Ballroom dancing since the age of six! Even though he was very young, he was already learning Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Waltz and Tango! It was not until he was 11 that he started competing. His career only grew from then on! Since Ben was competing so much, he was required to expand his dance knowledge by learning harder dances and routines like Paso Doble and Samba.
He hopes to win as many titles as he can, and he is definitely following this goal.
Ben is the current Rising Stars Champion with his partner Cheryl Humphreys, and together, they are ranked 28 in the world. He is also an Open Smooth Finalist and a Rising Stars Champion. With so much talent, Ben only hopes to share his knowledge with his students, and continue to excel in competitions.
Laura – Studio Director
Laura has been in the ballroom dance industry for over 8 years. Currently she manages one of the top Fred Astaire studios in the Texas region and within the top 15 in the nation. Before managing, Laura trained competitors for both regional and national competitions where she was consistently recognized as a top teacher. In addition she has professionally competed in both American style smooth and rhythm both regionally and nationally. During which time she has earned the titles of Fred Astaire Texas closed champion in both American rhythm and smooth,Texas regional independent rising star, Open finalist, Fred Astaire World finalist in rising star and Open smooth.