Staff

Victor Russu

Victor has been associated with the Fred Astaire organization since 1998 and has been director of the Bardonia studio since 2001. Although he has coached many dancers to champion status, he still enjoys working with all types of dance students. Victor is noted for his ability to key in on students’ unique talents, enabling them to achieve their personal best.

As director of the studio, Victor oversees a highly qualified teaching staff that works with him to help all students reach their full potential. He is a board member of the prestigious National Dance Council of America.

Among his other career accomplishments:

  • Five-time Moldovan International Standard & Latin Champion
  • Fred Astaire National American Smooth Champion
  • U.S. Rising Star finalist in Standard, Latin and Smooth
  • Ohio Star Ball Rising Star American Smooth Champion
  • Professional partner of two-time World Pro-Am American Smooth Champion

Tasha Krupa

Natalia Krupa (Tasha) has joined the staff at FADS Bardonia. She comes to us from Kiev, Ukraine. Tasha has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She is a graduate of Kiev National University where she majored in dance and choreography. In her dance career she was 2 times Ukranian National International Latin Champion. She also won Open Ballroom Championships in many countries in Eastern Europe.

In addition to competing, Tasha is an experienced world class international judge.

Now in the United States she intends to share her experience and knowledge and love of ballroom dancing with FADS Bardonia students.