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, February 19th – Andrei Rudenko

Andrei Rudenco is an experienced professional dancer (more than 30 years in dance), instructor, coach, adjudicator, and Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Fort Myers co-owner. Originally from the country of Moldova in Eastern Europe, Andrei moved to the US in 2008 and joined Fred Astaire Dance Studios. He started dancing at the age of 7 in his hometown of Tiraspol and has traveled the world, competing, teaching, coaching and judging. With his wife, Elena Rudenco, he opened his first dance studio in 1996 in Tiraspol, Moldova. He has taught and trained hundreds of dancers from beginner level all the way to professional level. Many of them are FADS instructors and competitors in USA now. Andrei is qualified in all levels as dance instructor in all 4 dance styles.  Also, qualified in the Silver Level of Diploma Certification in American Smooth and Rhythm, International Standard and Latin, Dance Director and Adjudicator with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and NDCA.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Fred Astaire International Standard Champion
  • Fred Astaire International Latin Bronze Medalist
  • Fred Astaire American Smooth Bronze Medalist
  • US National and Ohio Star Ball RS American Smooth Finalist
  • US National 10 Dance Finalist
  • 3-Time Moldavian National International Standard and International Latin Champion
  • Finalist, medalist and winner of multiple competitions in Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Poland, Germany and many other countries.
  • Qualified in the Silver Level of Diploma Certification in American Smooth and Rhythm, International Standard and Latin, Dance Director and Adjudicator with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and NDCA
  • Championship Licensed Adjudicator with NDCA

Tuesday, February 25th & Wednesday, February 26th – Tony Dovolani

Tony Dovolani was born in Prishtina, Kosova and began folk dancing at age three. He was 15 years old when he and his family moved to the United States. At age 17, he began ballroom lessons at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Connecticut and knew he had found his passion. Six months later, he began working as a FADS Dance Instructor, and he has been a strong and successful competitor in the professional ballroom dancing world ever since.

In 2006, Tony joined ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for their second season, and quickly became a fan favorite with his stellar choreography, elegance and bright smile. He spent 21 consecutive seasons on the show; Tony and his dance partner Melissa Rycroft were the Season 15 “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” Mirror Ball Trophy Champions. Tony’s professional body of work is impressive. He has guest hosted and choreographed for the world-famous Chippendales at the Rio/Las Vegas, (Spring 2018); choreographed the Miss Nevada pageant (2012) and was a judge for the Miss America competition (2011). He, with fellow DWTS Pro Cheryl Burke, choreographed and performed a special Paso Doble for Pixar’s Toy Story 3. He’s guest-hosted segments on EXTRA, the Golf Channel’s The Morning Drive and on the ABC syndicated show On the Red Carpet. He has guest starred on television series including TV Land’s The Exes and CBS TV’s Kevin Can Wait, and played Latin bad-boy competitor, ‘Slick Willy’ in the hit film Shall We Dance. He has toured with Dance to the Movies and Dance to the Holidays and has been a frequent guest on Good Morning America.

Of his role as Co-National Dance Director for the Fred Astaire Dance Studios network, Tony offers, “My life has now come full circle. At age 17, I began my dance career as an Instructor with FADS, and now, to carry on the legacy of the iconic dancer and choreographer Fred Astaire, is truly an honor. My goals as Co-National Dance Director are not only to bring all the knowledge and skills I’ve gained to this position, but even more importantly – to work together with you to bring FADS – home of the best dancers in our industry – to the next level. When I was a brand new teacher, one of my mentors told me, “what you learn at FADS will help you be successful not only in your career, but in every aspect of your life”, and it’s been incredible how true that was. What I learned while working at that Fred Astaire Dance Studio has helped me with my family, my dancing, in movies and TV shows… in all the accomplishments I’ve ever had. But the truth is, I always wanted to come back – to be here, because THIS is where I belong, this is where I am proudest – to know when I walk out on a stage or anywhere, that I represent Fred Astaire Dance Studios – THAT is truly an honor.”

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2006 Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography / Dancing with the Stars episode #208 (Dance: Jive)
  • 2o06 PBS America’s Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2006 United States Open Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2006 World Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2005 United States Open Rhythm Champion with Inna Ivanenko
  • 2005 World Rhythm Champion with Inna Ivanenko
  • Fred Astaire National Champion – International Latin (multiple years)

    Monday, March 2nd – Marianne Nicole

    Marianne Nicole is a former Champion in three styles of competitive dancing. Marianne is also a former examiner for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio organization, and currently a National Examiner for the DVIDA Organization. Some of her titles include; United States Rising Star American Style Champion, Undefeated United States Theatre Arts Champion, North American International Latin Champion, Canadian Theatre Arts Champion, Undefeated Fred Astaire American Style Champion, Undefeated Fred Astaire Theatrical Champion, Undefeated Fred Astaire International Latin Champion, World Latin Representative. She is a World Class Adjudicator & Coach, and Co Organizer of the Capital Dancesport Championships.

    ACHIEVEMENTS

    • United States Rising Star American Style Champion
    • Undefeated Fred Astaire American Style Champion
    • Examiner for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio
    • Capital Dancesport Championships, Co Organizer

    Tuesday, March 3rd & Wednesday, March 4th – 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, March 11th – 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
    • 4that the Professional World Cup in Germany
    • 5th at the Professional World Cup in Japan
    • Choreographer and Coach for Canadian Champions and Olympians Marie-FranceDubreuil and Patrice Lauzon (Ice Dancing)
    • Choreographer and Coach for Tessa Virtue and ScottMoir, Olympians Gold and Silver Medalist
    • Choreographer for Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, 3 times World Champions and Olympians Silver Medalist

Monday, March 16th – Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson has been active in the dance industry for over 25 years. As professional dancers, Scott & his wife Amy Anderson are United States Rising Star American Smooth Champions & Open Finalists and Fred Astaire National American Smooth Champions.

They have performed in shows from Epcot Center to the NFL Superbowl Halftime Show. As a Pro/Am teacher he has won over 30 US titles. Scott is also a certified Adjudicators with the Terpsichore & DVIDA Organizations as well as a member of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). Scott is also an Examiner for the DVIDA Organization. As a business owner, he & his wife ran a successful Fred Astaire franchise for several years & now teach independently all over the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as around the country.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • United States Rising Star American Smooth Champions
  • Open Finalists and Fred Astaire National American Smooth Champions
  • Certified Adjudicators with the Terpsichore & DVIDA Organizations
  • Member of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA)
  • Organizer of the Twin Cities Open Ballroom Championships
  • Founders of WORLDANCE and Fiesta for Francesca

Monday, March 23rd – 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

Wednesday, March 25th – Galina Detkina

Best known for her American Smooth Style, join Ms. Galina Detkina to brush up on those special ballroom dancing movements and skills.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Fred Astaire National Professional American Smooth Champion
  • USDC and Ohio Star Ball Finalists
  • American Smooth Showcase Winner

Monday, March 30th – Tony Dovolani

Tony Dovolani was born in Prishtina, Kosova and began folk dancing at age three. He was 15 years old when he and his family moved to the United States. At age 17, he began ballroom lessons at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Connecticut and knew he had found his passion. Six months later, he began working as a FADS Dance Instructor, and he has been a strong and successful competitor in the professional ballroom dancing world ever since.

In 2006, Tony joined ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for their second season, and quickly became a fan favorite with his stellar choreography, elegance and bright smile. He spent 21 consecutive seasons on the show; Tony and his dance partner Melissa Rycroft were the Season 15 “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” Mirror Ball Trophy Champions. Tony’s professional body of work is impressive. He has guest hosted and choreographed for the world-famous Chippendales at the Rio/Las Vegas, (Spring 2018); choreographed the Miss Nevada pageant (2012) and was a judge for the Miss America competition (2011). He, with fellow DWTS Pro Cheryl Burke, choreographed and performed a special Paso Doble for Pixar’s Toy Story 3. He’s guest-hosted segments on EXTRA, the Golf Channel’s The Morning Drive and on the ABC syndicated show On the Red Carpet. He has guest starred on television series including TV Land’s The Exes and CBS TV’s Kevin Can Wait, and played Latin bad-boy competitor, ‘Slick Willy’ in the hit film Shall We Dance. He has toured with Dance to the Movies and Dance to the Holidays and has been a frequent guest on Good Morning America.

Of his role as Co-National Dance Director for the Fred Astaire Dance Studios network, Tony offers, “My life has now come full circle. At age 17, I began my dance career as an Instructor with FADS, and now, to carry on the legacy of the iconic dancer and choreographer Fred Astaire, is truly an honor. My goals as Co-National Dance Director are not only to bring all the knowledge and skills I’ve gained to this position, but even more importantly – to work together with you to bring FADS – home of the best dancers in our industry – to the next level. When I was a brand new teacher, one of my mentors told me, “what you learn at FADS will help you be successful not only in your career, but in every aspect of your life”, and it’s been incredible how true that was. What I learned while working at that Fred Astaire Dance Studio has helped me with my family, my dancing, in movies and TV shows… in all the accomplishments I’ve ever had. But the truth is, I always wanted to come back – to be here, because THIS is where I belong, this is where I am proudest – to know when I walk out on a stage or anywhere, that I represent Fred Astaire Dance Studios – THAT is truly an honor.”

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2006 Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography / Dancing with the Stars episode #208 (Dance: Jive)
  • 2o06 PBS America’s Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2006 United States Open Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2006 World Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion with Elena Grinenko
  • 2005 United States Open Rhythm Champion with Inna Ivanenko
  • 2005 World Rhythm Champion with Inna Ivanenko
  • Fred Astaire National Champion – International Latin (multiple years)