Dance Council Member

Melanie LaPatin

  • International Dance Council Member
  • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios for over 25 years


Originally from New York, Melanie LaPatin is a world-class professional Latin/Ballroom dance champion, having captured over 100 championship titles. She’s traveled throughout the world as a competitor, coach, choreographer, and adjudicator since 1980. She represented the United States in twelve Professional World Championships. LaPatin is in high demand as a coach of top dancers around the world and as a choreographer for actors in film, television and Broadway. She has choreographed and appeared on film in such major motion pictures as Dance with MeThe Thomas Crown AffairLet It Be MeThe Last Days of DiscoWhat To Expect When You’re Expecting , Angriest Man In Brooklyn, and Leading Ladies (where she was cast as the lead actress). She has also appeared in 10 seasons as a choreographer on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and So You Think You Can Dance: Canada. As a dance coach and choreographer, she has worked with some of the most renowned film and television personalities including Pierce Brosnan, Renee Russo, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Vanessa Williams, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Leslie Caron, Jennifer Beals, Harvey Keitel, Cameron Diaz, Matthew  Morrison, Megan Mullally, Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Barbara Walters.  Melanie also choreographed a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar called “Dancing with the Designers” that featured Jessica Biel and high-end designers Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Zac Posen.


  • US Professional Latin Champion
  • Dirty Dancing Champions
  • DanceSport World Cup Champion
  • 4-Time Champions of the North American Latin Championship
  • The World Trophy Title Holder
  • American Swing-Cabaret World Champion
  • 3-Time Ohio Star Ball  Champion  (Sponsored by PBS)
  • World Championship Showdance Silver Medalist
  • Blackpool Finalist
  • Copacabana Mambo Finalist
  • Featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX 5, Conan O’Brien, Regis & Kathy Lee, Montel Williams, The Morning Show, The View , Full Frontal Fashion and PBS


  • American Rhythm
  • American Smooth
  • International Latin
  • Showcase Director, Producer

Melanie LaPatin is part of the prestigious Fred Astaire Dance Studios International Dance Council, which oversees Dance Instructor training and certification, judges (Professional, Amateur, Pro/Am) at Regional, National & International Fred Astaire Dance Studio Dance Competition events, actively coaches our Students & Instructors in dance studio locations across our network, and continuously reviews our proprietary dance curriculum to ensure only the finest, most up-to-date programs for our Students. For more information on the Fred Astaire International Dance Council or any of its members, please contact us.

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