Rachael Heron-Uy Manager and Instructor
Rachael is a world class Latin champion that has won many titles in her competitive career:
-Finalist in British Open (Blackpool), UK Open, International Open Amateur Championships
-Top 12 in World, British Open, International Open and Asian Open Professional Championships
-15x British Champion
Rachael started dancing at the age of 5 in Liverpool, England, studying ballet, tap and jazz. When she was 8, she was introduced to Ballroom and Latin and fell in love with it. Two years later, she was traveling around the world participating in competitions.
At the age of 14, she was the youngest to ever win the British Open (Blackpool) Junior Championships. In the following months, she became the Italian Open, German Open and Dutch Open Champion. At 16, she won the British Open(Blackpool), International and British National Under 21 Championships. At 19, she became British National Amateur Champion and finalist of the British Open(Blackpool), International and UK Open Amateur Championships.
After turning professional at 22, Rachael reached the semi-final in the British Open(Blackpool) Professional Championships, International Championships, Asian Open and World Championships. She represented Great Britain in the world famous British Open Professional Team Match numerous times and was the British National Professional Champion.
Since retiring from her professional competitive career, she has been coaching in the UK, Asia, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Boston. She takes pride in her students’ success. Some of her students’ titles include; British national champions and finalists, UK champions and finalists, USA national finalists and representatives of the UK and USA to the European and World championships.
She is certified as an adjudicator with the British and World Dance Council.
Istvan Cserven – Dance Director and Instructor
Istvan Cserven is a Fred Astaire National Dance Board Member, Judge and National Examiner. He is also a Fellow of the U.S. Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Istvan joined the Fred Astaire studios of New England in 1997 and has worked in the Boston area studios as an instructor, manager, and dance director. He has frequently been named Top Teacher at the Fred Astaire Tri-Star Championships, New England Dancesport Championships and Colonial Classics. About his passion and profession, Istvan says, “I love to see people grow in all aspects of their life through developing their dance ability.”
Istvan enjoyed an extensive dance career in his native Hungary before moving to the United States. He held the amateur title of Hungarian Standard Champion, three-time Vice-Hungarian 10-Dance Champion, and was a member of the National Champion Latin Formation Team. He coached competitive couples of all levels and ages, as well as the Hungarian Latin Youth Champions.
Enoch Evans – Instructor
Enoch started dancing exclusively international style ballroom at the age of nine at the behest of his mother. He soon found he shared her love of dance and threw himself into the world of ballroom under the tutelage of Bill Sparks, Svetlana Ishkavoh, and Izabella Jundzill. At the age of twelve he started his competitive career with a bang, winning 1st Place Bronze Division in Latin at his very first competition: The Ohio Star Ball. For three years after moving to Tennessee with his family Enoch continued to pursue his amateur dancing career when. In 2011, when his instructors offered him a job at the Blue Suede Ballroom Dance Studio in Memphis, he jumped at the opportunity to become a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer. He worked diligently at that studio until relocating to our very own Belmont Fred Astaire. Here he continues to strive towards perfecting his own dancing, and is eager for the opportunity to share his knowledge, enthusiasm, and cheer.
Isaiah Tingus – Instructor
Isaiah did not start out as a dancer; instead he preferred theater, stunt work, writing, and martial arts. Through these pursuits, he discovered his love of entertainment. As such, it was no surprise that after watching a dance film, he developed a passion for dance that has persisted to this day. After teaching himself hip hop, Isaiah auditioned and signed on to Unyted Stylz Productions as a second-string dancer, while simultaneously being the mentee of the company director, Ricardo Foster, Jr.
Since his discovery of hip hop, Isaiah has expanded his skill set in entertainment by becoming the production manager at Unyted Stylz, growing into a first-string dancer in the company, and furthering his background as a dancer to include as many styles as possible. In his teaching, Isaiah hopes to introduce his students to the beauty of dance – the world that has given him so much.
Samantha Dominguez – Instructor
Bio coming soon!
Christopher Uy – Instructor
Chris has been dancing and teaching all forms of ballroom for over 12 years. During his competitive career, he was a finalist in the Fred Astaire World Championships in Rhythm in addition to winning many Fred Astaire Regional and National titles. He was cast in a “Dancing with the Stars” commercial and performed in the show “Dancing With Desire” for four years.
In order to achieve the highest level of success while keeping the student healthy and strong, Chris has studied anatomy, physics and biomechanics to better understand body mechanics. He is a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Among his students he is considered to be patient, fun and encouraging. He believes in hard work, perseverance while enjoying the experience.
Elizabeth Woo – Owner
Elizabeth has been a Fred Astaire student for 10 years and has lived in Belmont for 20 years with her husband and 2 boys. With her long-time student perspective, she is highly motivated to improve the overall quality and value of the dance lessons to make FADS Belmont a vibrant community once again.
When Elizabeth’s husband asked her why she wanted to do this, she joked, semi-seriously, that this is her mid-life crises project. Knowing that she will not cure cancer or solve world peace, this is her opportunity to make a greater contribution to her community and hopefully enrich the lives of the staff and students they teach.