Guest Coaches This Month

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mokena offers and delivers the finest in group and private ballroom dance classes, but we also bring you a great variety in our professional coaching. Broaden your knowledge and skills by meeting and working with some true standouts. You’ll be glad you did. These professionals have helped shape the dance industry and continue to inspire the teaching methods used throughout the dance community. We encourage you to enroll today with one (or better, both!) of these special guest coaches.

February Coaches

Sergei Shapoval
February 12, 2018

Sergei Shapoval began dancing at the age of 8 in the Ukraine and represented his country at the 1993 International Festival of Culture in France, where Ukraine took first place. Sergei has appeared on Ukrainian regional & national TV, and formerly competed as an amateur dancer in International Latin and Standard in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland& Russia. In 2001 Sergei was invited to teach in the US and that same year he received a full Scholarship as one of the original members of the Olympic Hopefuls Dance Program.

With 27 years of dance experience — 20 of those as a dance teacher as well as a competitor — Sergei believes that learning to dance provides valuable benefits in many areas of life.

Sergei’s Titles include:
2014 World Open Professional American Rhythm Finalist
2013 World Professional Rising Stars American Smooth Champion
2013 U.S National Professional Rising Stars American Smooth Champion
2013 U.S. National Show dance finalist
2012, 2013, 2014 Runner-up 9-Dance National Professional American Style Division
2012, 2013, 2014 Runner-up National Rising Stars Professional American Rhythm
2012, 2013, 2014 National Rising Stars Professional American Smooth & American Rhythm Finalist
  
Jim Carter
February 19, 2018

JimCarter Jim Carter is a member of the National Dance Council and the owner of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio. He is a highly accomplished dancer in the Theater Arts and Cabaret division. As well as being a choreographer for Smooth and Rhythm Exhibitions, he is also the mastermind behind many of the country’s best Solos, Novelties, and Showcases.
  
Jack Davy
February 27, 2018 
Jack is a regional dance director for Fred Astaire, a coach and national examiner. Jack can be seen all year judging Fred Astaire National competitions and was a highly-decorated Smooth dancer.  Some of Jacks accomplishments include: Regional Dance Director for the Illinois region and co-author of Fred Astaire Advanced Bronze and Silver Curriculum, Former U.S. American Smooth Finalist, Former North Eastern U.S. American Smooth Champion, 6 Time Fred Astaire South Eastern Modern Champion.
  

March Coaches

  
Anastasia Abrashin
March 14,2018

Anastasia was born in Perm, Russia. She started ballroom dancing at the age of 5, and was part of the formation team “Circle of Friends.” She went on to become 5-Time Russian Champion, and represented Russia in the European and World Championships. She moved to the United States in 1998 and became 3-Time United States Nine Dance Champion in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She was also named the United States Theatrical Arts Champion in 2003. Anastasia retired from professional competition in 2005, and owned the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Buffalo NY from 2005 to 2015. She currently works as the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ New England Regional Dance Director.
  
Jim Carter
March 21, 2018

JimCarter Jim Carter is a member of the National Dance Council and the owner of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio. He is a highly accomplished dancer in the Theater Arts and Cabaret division. As well as being a choreographer for Smooth and Rhythm Exhibitions, he is also the mastermind behind many of the country’s best Solos, Novelties, and Showcases.
  
Jack Davy
March 29, 2018 
Jack is a regional dance director for Fred Astaire, a coach and national examiner. Jack can be seen all year judging Fred Astaire National competitions and was a highly-decorated Smooth dancer.  Some of Jacks accomplishments include: Regional Dance Director for the Illinois region and co-author of Fred Astaire Advanced Bronze and Silver Curriculum, Former U.S. American Smooth Finalist, Former North Eastern U.S. American Smooth Champion, 6 Time Fred Astaire South Eastern Modern Champion.

You will find everything from Private Lessons and Group Classes, to Social Dance Parties and Events at our Mokena dance studio. Couples and single students are always welcome! Our dance studio is conveniently located near Mokena, Palos Hills, Tinley Park, Homer Glen, New Lenox, Lockport Frankfort, Hickory Hills and Orland Park