Guest Coaches

The World’s Best Dancers and Coaches, in Our Studio!

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!


Wednesday, June 19th – Ricky Bentzen

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

Source: https://www.fredastaire.com/fads-dance-board-member-ricky-bentzen/


Monday, June 24th – Elena Grinenko

Elena Grinenko is a professional ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. She is best known as one of the professional dancers on the American television series Dancing with the Stars.

To Find Out More, Visit This Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Grinenko


Monday, July 8th & Wednesday, July 10 – Ginette Cournoyer

Ginette Cournoyer is a highly accomplished competitor in the International Latin division, and has also been an adjudicator at the most prestigious competition in the world, Blackpool Dance Festival. Ginette resides in Montreal, Canada, and has the most delightful French Canadian accent. She is highly skilled inall forms of ballroom dance.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  •  Former Professional Canadian Champion in Standard and 10 Dance reaching 9th in the World
  • Former Professional North American Champion in 10 Dance
  • Former Professional World Latin Semi Finalist
  • Former Amateur Canadian Champion in Standard and 10 Dance reaching 7th in the World
  • Former Amateur North American Champion in Standard and 10 Dance
  • 4th at the Professional World Cup in Germany
  • 5th at the Professional World Cup in Japan
  • Choreographer and Coach for Canadian Champions and Olympians Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon (Ice Dancing)

Monday, July 15th – Manuel Favilla

Internationally known as a champion-level ballroom dancer with an exceptional portfolio of awards and titles, Manuel and his professional partner, Ms. Natalia Maidiuk, 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 adjudicating, 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

Tuesday, July 16th – Ricky Bentzen

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

Source: https://www.fredastaire.com/fads-dance-board-member-ricky-bentzen/


Tuesday, July 30th – Ilya Velednitsky

Mr. Ilya Velednitsky is a Milwaukee Studio professional dance instructor alumni. Along with his professional partner, Ms. Mariya Ilchenko, he has gone on to open his own studio in Ahwatukee, Arizona. Both continue to compete professionally, coach throughout the country, and adjudicate inter-regional and regional events.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 7 Times Fred Astaire Rhythm Champion
  • Fred Astaire Show Dance Champion
  • 2 Times Ohio Star Ball Finalist
  • US Open Rhythm Finalist
  • Adjudicator & Coach

Wednesday, July 31st – 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

Source: https://www.fredastaire.com/fads-dance-board-member-eduard-apolonov/