Staff

Philip Gutierrez – Studio Director/Owner

Born in Houston, Texas, Philip found a love for sports at an early age. Growing up he enjoyed: Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Golf. He always enjoyed being a part of a team, working to achieve a goal, and advocate his peers.

As a young man with obvious leadership qualities, he decided to study Computer Science at The University of Houston. Reading a Newspaper in 1999, he stumbled across a Fred Astaire Dance Studio advertisement for a training opportunity at the Memorial Studio, in Houston.

He decided to attend the training class, and was captivated at the challenge of Latin & Ballroom dancing. Realizing all of the growth opportunities with Fred Astaire he became a full-time Instructor. With hard work, dedication, and pure enjoyment for enriching the lives of not only students, but his team, he became Manager, and (shortly after) Owner of his very first Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Throughout his journey he has been awarded many Top Teacher awards, and the prestigious Freddy Award as both an Instructor and Owner.

Now, owning 3 studios in Houston and 2 in San Antonio, he continues to grow his reach to mentor Instructors to achieve things they never thought possible. With a passion for witnessing the growth as not only dancers, but as people, he strives to create and guide as many individuals towards their future as possible.

John Money – Manager and Instructor

It was love at first dance for John Money. Country Western was big in Memphis, TN and in 1993 John got his first taste. He soon found himself dancing every night away with salsa, hustle, west coast swing and lindy hop dances. John began teaching in 1996, and soon moved to Dallas, TX. It was there that he began traveling to competitions with his students and before long was the top teacher in his school. In 2002 he moved to Atlanta, GA where he began to compete on a professional level. He has placed in Smooth and Rhythm styles in both regional and national competitions. John is a registered Professional member of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and holds many teaching certificates and awards in the business. John is committed to delivering the highest quality of dance instruction and customer service.

Emanuele Magnasco – Instructor

Emanuele has been with us since November 2015 and we are overjoyed to have him at Fred Astaire Champions! He has been dancing since he was a  young boy and loves dancing so much, he left his home of Palermo, Sicily; Italy, to further his dancing career here in America. His professional partner, Viktoria, who is from Hungary, joined him in his transfer to Texas and is an instructor at the Fred Astaire Memorial studio in Texas as well. His favorite dances are Cha Cha and Paso Doble.