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.
April 4, 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
April 16, 2018
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.
April 30, 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 Jack’s 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