Guest Coaches

LEARN FROM THE WORLD’S LEADING DANCERS AND COACHES.

Your Fred Astaire dance instructors are the cream of the crop. They represent some of the best talent in the country. We believe in exposing our students and our instructors to new ideas and perspectives whenever possible. For this reason Fred Astaire proudly hosts some of the most talented, renowned and award winning dancers, coaches and choreographers from all over the world. Outside coaching from one of our guest experts will offer you new insight and ideas, and can take your dancing to the next level.

Many of our coaches are reigning world dance champions and several have been featured on hit television show such as ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ All are nationally recognized in the dance industry. If you’re serious about improving your dancing, sessions with Fred Astaire guest coaches are opportunities you must take advantage of.

We encourage you to contact us right away to schedule your time for a special coaching with one or more of these top ranked coaches at the studio this month!


Monday, February 26th – Eduard Apolonov

Eddie specializes in all areas of International Latin, Standard, American Smooth, American Rhythm, as well as choreography for Showcases, Solos and Novelties. Eddie is a Choreography Specialist on Open Routines and coaches top competitive couples in the country.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • USA National Rising Star Champion
  • USA Open to the World Rising Star Champion
  • 1998 Top Rising Star Couple in the United States
  • Open USA National Championship Finalist
  • Ohio Star Ball Finalist
  • Emerald Ball Finalist
  • Manhattan Dance Sport Champion
  • Millennium Dance Sport Champion
  • Heritage Classic Champion
  • Empire State Champion
  • UK: Rising Star British Open to the World Championship Finalist
  • Blackpool: Rising Star British Open to the World Championship Finalist
  • World Class Adjudicator, NDCA
  • National Judge, NDSA
  • Bachelor degree of Choreography from University of Fine Arts, Russia

Wednesday, February 28th – Tony Dovolani

Tony Dovolani is an Albanian-American professional ballroom dancer, instructor, judge and coach. He is known for his involvement in Dancing with the Stars on ABC and also portrayed a Latin bad boy in the hit film Shall We Dance? 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2006 nominated for an Emmy for outstanding choreography for Dancing with the Stars for episode #208 (Dance: Jive).
  • 2006 PBS America’s Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Champion
  • 2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion
  • 2006 United States Open Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2006 World Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion
  • 2005 United States Open Rhythm Champion with Inna Ivanenko
  • 2005 World Rhythm Champion with Inna Ivanenko

Tuesday, March 6th & Wednesday, March 7th – Galina Detkina

Best known for her American Smooth style, Galina and her most recent partner, Mikhail Zharinov, have been named Fred Astaire National Professional American Smooth Champion, USDC and Ohio Star Ball Finalists, and American Smooth Showcase Winners.

 


Tuesday, March 13th & Wednesday, March 14th – Ginette Cournoyer

Meet Ms. Ginette Cournoyer – Former Professional Canadian Champion in Standard and Ten-Dance reaching 9th in the World, Former Professional North American Champion in Ten-Dance, Former Semi-Finalist at the World Latin in England Former Amateur Canadian Champion in Standard and Ten-Dance reaching 7th in the world, Former Amateur North American Champion in Standard and Ten-Dance. Her skills are outstanding, her personality bubbly and always full of energy and she can’t wait to share this with you!


Tuesday, March 20th – Eduard Apolonov

BIO
Eddie specializes in all areas of International Latin, Standard, American Smooth, American Rhythm, as well as choreography for Showcases, Solos and Novelties. Eddie is a Choreography Specialist on Open Routines and coaches top competitive couples in the country.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • USA National Rising Star Champion
  • USA Open to the World Rising Star Champion
  • 1998 Top Rising Star Couple in the United States
  • Open USA National Championship Finalist
  • Ohio Star Ball Finalist
  • Emerald Ball Finalist
  • Manhattan Dance Sport Champion
  • Millennium Dance Sport Champion
  • Heritage Classic Champion
  • Empire State Champion
  • UK: Rising Star British Open to the World Championship Finalist
  • Blackpool: Rising Star British Open to the World Championship Finalist
  • World Class Adjudicator, NDCA
  • National Judge, NDSA
  • Bachelor degree of Choreography from University of Fine Arts, Russia

Thursday, March 22nd – Ricky Bentzen

BIO
Ricky Bentzen is originally from Denmark, and represented his home country throughout his Amateur career. He was undefined Danish Latin Champion and 2-Time World Latin Semi-Finalist. In 2008 he moved to the United States, where he became part of Fred Astaire Dance Studios and began his Professional career as an American Rhythm Competitor with Albina A. Habrle.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Danish Latin Champion
  • 2-Time Youth Latin World Semi-Finalist
  • 11-Time undefeated Fred Astaire Professional Open Rhythm Champion
  • World Professional Open Rhythm Vice Champion
  • 4-Time World Professional Rhythm Finalist
  • 3-Time US Professional Open Rhythm Finalist & more!
  • 11-Time Fred Astaire National Open Professional Rhythm Champion
  • 3-Time US National Open Professional Rhythm Finalist
  • 4-Time World Open Professional Rhythm Finalist

Wednesday, March 28th – Natalia Maidiuk

Internationally known as a champion-level ballroom dancer with an exceptional portfolio of awards and titles, Natalia and her professional partner, Mr. Manuel Favilla, began their dancing career together in 2012. While they still dance professional and are available for professional shows, Manuel and Natalia have gone on to adjucating, coaching and choreographing right here in the Wisconsin region.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 1st Runner Up Blackpool Dance Festival Professional Rising Star Latin
  • 1st Runner Up UK Championship Professional Rising Star Latin
  • 3 time International Open Professional Latin Semi-Finalist
  • UK Championship Open Professional Latin Semi-Finalist 2013
  • Blackpool Dance Festival Open Professional Latin Semi-Finalist 2015
  • 3 time European Championship Open Professional Latin Finalist
  • World Championship Finalist 2013
  • Embassy 2013 Open Professional Latin Champions
  • 1st Runner Up USDC Open Professional Latin 2015

 

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