Yuriy Herhel | Studio Owner | Dance Director


Yuriy has been dancing since the age of nine in his native Ukraine. He has been competing since childhood and was a finalist in many national and international championships. Yuriy also ran a dance studio for 10 years. He worked with children providing International Ballroom and Latin dance instruction. In 2009, Yuriy was invited to come to the United States and join the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Tarrytown, NY. He was a great asset to the Tarrytown studio participating and winning regional and national competitions with his students and professional partner. Yuriy is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his passion for dance with his students at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Cold Spring, NY.

Melissa Herhel | Studio Owner | Business Director


Melissa decided to pursue ballroom dancing after she finished her graduate studies in college. She began training with Yuriy to compete professionally at regional competitions and also performed in an honor dance and showcase routine. Melissa & Yuriy felt they could enrich the lives of others while doing what they love, dancing. Having their Master’s of Education degrees they felt it was time to open their own Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Melissa is excited to introduce students to the inspiring world of ballroom dancing.