International Dance Council

Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ International Dance Council Members

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  • Anastasia-Abrashin
    Anastasia-Abrashin
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1998

    BIO

    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.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Andrei Abrashin
    FADS Dance Board Member Andrei Abrashin
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios Since 1998

    BIO

    Andrei was born in Russia, where he began dancing at the age of eight. He excelled in both Standard & Latin and, when he was sixteen, he was invited to join the “Circle of Friends” formation team in Perm, Russia. This prestigious team has many impressive titles, such as European Finalists, World Finalists, and Five-Time Russian Champions. While continuing his training in dance, Andrei also obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the Perm State Academy of Arts and Culture. In 1998, he moved to the United States and began teaching and competing within Fred Astaire Dance Studios, in American Smooth & Rhythm as well as Cabaret. Throughout his competitive career, Andrei achieved many notable titles, including three-time National Nine-Dance Champion and North American Finalist for both American Smooth & Rhythm. In addition, he ran two studios in Upstate New York and became a Dance Board Member in 2006. He currently runs a successful studio in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and is coaching both students and professionals.

  • Eduard-Apolonov
    Eduard-Apolonov
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1996

    BIO

    Eddie specializes in all areas of International Latin, Standard, American Smooth, American Rhythm, as well as choreography for Showcases, Solos and Novelties. Eddie is a Choreography Specialist on Open Routines and coaches top competitive couples in the country.

  • Alex-Armaos
    Alex-Armaos
    • International Dance Council Member
    • International Examiner
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2009

    BIO

    Alex started with Fred Astaire Dance Studios® in 2009 when he first came to the United States from Greece. He started dancing at the age of 13 years old and now, has over 16 years of teaching experience with any level of student and Pro-Am couple as it is shown from his international accomplishments in Europe with this own students. When Alex moved to the United States, the Fred Astaire Dance Studios® Syllabus became his passion – training for professional examinations, and the benefits that this academic education can bring to each Professional in his/her career. Alex also has had Para Dance Sport training by the Para-Olympic Committee. Currently, he owns his own Fred Astaire Dance Studios® studio in Lake Houston, TX and has successfully progressed through the years with his personal goals through perseverance and self-determination.

  • Hyak-Asharkian
    Hyak-Asharkian
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2001

    BIO

    Hayk was born and raised in Armenia, where dancing is a huge part of the culture. He started dancing when he was 6 years old in the top dance studio in the country. He was very fortunate as a child to have very supportive parents, and extremely skilled and professional trainers throughout his entire career. He competed in Armenia from the age of 7 to 20, and in many International Competitions. At the age of 20, he came to the United States to represent Armenia in the World Championships, which were held in Miami. Shortly after that, Hayk found a new dance partner in the Fred Astaire Dance Studios organization, and became part of the company’s Wisconsin Region. Under the guidance of John Gates and Stephen Knight he has accomplished many dance and business goals. “I feel very fortunate to be part of such an incredible and supportive company as Fred Astaire Dance Studios. After 8 years of being an Instructor and 8 years of being a traveling Coach and Choreographer, I recently became an Owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Mequon, Wisconsin. I’m a huge believer in our company. I want to grow as a professional and help represent the company in the best and most professional way.”

  • Carrie-Babcock
    Carrie-Babcock
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1997

    BIO

    Carrie Babcock graduated from SUNY Brockport with a BS in Dance. She is a US National American Smooth Finalist, a six-year undefeated Fred Astaire National Smooth Champion, a 5-Time United Professional Champion, including three Open Theatrical Titles, Rising Star National Theatrical Champion and Rising Star Smooth Champion. Carrie has choreographed and had major roles in more than 25 musical theater productions, is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has danced at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT and Disney-MGM. TV appearances as a dancer include As The World TurnsThe TV Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Awards, and America’s Ballroom Challenge. She specializes in American Smooth, Theatrical/Cabaret and Show Dance technique, performance skills and choreography. She uses her knowledge from 18 years of training staff and students, as well has her college education with Laban Movement theories and choreographic design, tap, jazz, ballet and modern to create well-rounded dancers.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Mark “Corky” Ballas
    FADS Dance Board Member Mark “Corky” Ballas
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios for over 20 years

    BIO

    Mark “Corky” Ballas began dancing at age six, and has been part of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ family for his entire life (his father, George Ballas, was associated with FADS since the 1960’s). Corky has danced Pro/Am American Style and Flamenco, and is the only American to have won a U.S. Pro/Am Championship as a juvenile, pre-teen and amateur; and to then go on to win a U.S. Open Professional Latin title… thus completing a full competitive circle from Pro/Am champion to Professional Champion. He’s danced professionally on Dancing with the Stars, has appeared in a Super Bowl Diet Pepsi commercial, is an author of several dance books, has collaborated on numerous instructional videos, as well as ISTD and IOC dance & figure skating syllabi. Corky is also currently working with FADS Corporate to implement streaming & digital media into our studios.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Marylynn Benitez
    FADS Dance Board Member Marylynn Benitez
    • Executive Dance Board Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • National Examiner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1993

    BIO

    Marylynn Benitez was first introduced to the world of Ballroom dancing while attending the University of Southern California, where she became a member of its Formation Dance Team, headed by Carol Montez. She continued as an Amateur competitor in the International Latin Style. Her Amateur career culminated in becoming the US National Champion and representing the US in three consecutive World Championships. As a Professional competitor, she earned Championship Titles in the US and internationally, including US Rising Star International Latin Champion, British Rising Star International Latin Champion and Fred Astaire International Latin Champion. Other professional achievements include choreography and roles in movies and television productions. She has also had the opportunity to share her expertise in the University arena. Marylynn has been a part of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios family since 1993 as a Competitor, Instructor, Studio Owner, Coach, National Dance Board Member, National Adjudicator and National Examiner.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Ricky Bentzen
    FADS Dance Board Member Ricky Bentzen
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2008

    BIO

    Ricky Bentzen is originally from Denmark, and represented his home country throughout his Amateur career. He was undefined Danish Latin Champion and 2-Time World Latin Semi-Finalist. In 2008 he moved to the United States, where he became part of Fred Astaire Dance Studios and began his Professional career as an American Rhythm Competitor with Albina A. Habrle.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Kostadin Bidjourov
    FADS Dance Board Member Kostadin Bidjourov
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1998

    BIO

    Kostadin has a degree in Economics from Montclair State University, is a Bulgarian National Champion and has led several woman to United States and World Championship Titles in Smooth, Standard and Theater Arts. Kostadin is a skilled Technician and Choreographer in Smooth, Standard and Theatrical. He is also an extremely talented Dress Designer. You can see his designs on his Facebook page.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Lyall Bradshaw
    FADS Dance Board Member Lyall Bradshaw
    • Executive Dance Board Member
    • Executive National Examiner
    • New York Regional Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1976

    BIO

    Lyall was born in Tasmania, Australia and joined the Fred Astaire Dance Studios family in 1976. He specializes in coaching and syllabus training for Certification and Diploma Exams in all styles of dance. He excels in all levels of American and International Styles as well as Exhibition, Theatre Arts, and Country and Western. He is the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ New York Regional Dance Director as well as the Executive National Examiner. He has been a Certified Adjudicator since 1982, with vast expertise and knowledge of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Curriculum.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Olga Bylim
    FADS Dance Board Member Olga Bylim
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Director
    • Area Dance Director
    • Studio Owner
    • Studio Manager
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1996

    BIO

    Olga was born in Novokuznetsk, Russia and studied ballet and gymnastics before starting Ballroom dancing in 1978. Over these years she’s danced at more than 500 Dance Sport Championships. Olga is currently a Long Island NY Area Franchise Developer, and an Owner and Manager of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Tarrytown, NY.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Sasha Bylim
    FADS Dance Board Member Sasha Bylim
    • Executive Dance Board Member
    • Co-National Dance Director
    • Area Director
    • Studio Owner
    • Studio Manager
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1996

    BIO

    Sasha was born in Poltava, Ukraine and started dancing in 1976. Over these years he’s danced at more then 500 Dance Sport championships. Sasha is currently a Co-National Dance Director, a Long Island, NY Area Franchise Developer, and an owner and manager of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Tarrytown, NY.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Nicole Carroll
    FADS Dance Board Member Nicole Carroll
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2004

    BIO

    Nicole has been teaching Ballroom and Latin dancing for the many years. Prior to dancing, Nicole was a gymnast. She has been awarded numerous Top Teacher awards throughout the United States. Nicole is a United States Finalist, and has certifications with the National Dance Council of America, North American Dance Teachers Association, and Dance Vision International Dance Association.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Jim Carter
    FADS Dance Board Member Jim Carter
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1984

    BIO

    Jim has proudly been part of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios family since 1984. He is currently the Co-Area Dance Director for the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Illinois region. Jim is the Choreographer and creative genius of many of the country’s award-winning best Solos, Novelties, Showcases and Professional Show Dances. His choreography consistently wins top awards at Regional and National Fred Astaire competitions. Jim excels in all aspects of sales and enrollment, motivational business training, and student and professional coaching and choreography. Jim can construct a highly successful Showcase Casting Day for a studio of any size, and then choreograph and produce an exhilarating and entertaining Studio Showcase, with students and professionals of any and every level. Jim has been a longtime favorite Fred Astaire Coach to have in studios across the country, because he offers fresh and exciting lessons and choreography, and he adds an infectious spark of fun and enthusiasm to the studio atmosphere like no other.

  • Bruno-Collins
    Bruno-Collins
    • Executive Dance Board Member
    • Company Stockholder
    • Company Board of Directors
    • Megadance Region Dance Director
    • Area Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1982

    BIO

    For thirty-one years, Bruno Collins has touched every aspect of the dance business with his vision and innovation. He has been a driving force in the adaptation of dance curricula, teaching methods, and business plans that have allowed this industry to stay current amidst the demands of a rapidly changing market. The incredible artistry of his choreography has shaped the careers of numerous world-class Amateurs and Professionals. He has choreographed show numbers and Showcases for top Professionals across the country. Bruno’s unique talents as a Trainer, Motivator, Coach, and Choreographer have made him one of the most sought-after individuals in the dance business to date.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Istvan Cserven
    FADS Dance Board Member Istvan Cserven
    • International Dance Council Member
    • National Examiner
    • Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1997

    BIO

    Istvan Cserven is an official United States NDCA Adjudicator and highly sought after-Coach, Trainer and Examiner. He has spent over 20 years with Fred Astaire Dance Studios, serving as Instructor, Dance Director, Studio Manager, Examiner and Regional Trainer. He has worked with students and high-level amateurs alike, leading them to several National titles. Additionally, he has worked as a regular Coach for the Harvard, MIT and Brown University ballroom dance teams. Prior to joining the Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Istvan enjoyed a successful competitive career, obtaining the title of Hungarian Standard Ballroom Champion, three-times Vice-Hungarian 10-Dance Champion, and was a member of the National Champion Latin Formation Team. During this time, he also coached competitive couples of all levels and ages, as well as the Hungarian Latin Youth Champions. About his passion and profession, Istvan says, “I love to see people grow in all aspects of their life through developing their dance ability.”

  • FADS Dance Board Member Jack Davy
    FADS Dance Board Member Jack Davy
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • National Examiner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1976

    BIO

    For 14 years, Jack was Co-Owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Jacksonville, FL. He’s the current Fred Astaire Dance Studios Regional Dance Director for the Chicago Area, and Co-Author of Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Advanced Bronze and Silver Curriculum.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Tony Dovolani
    FADS Dance Board Member Tony Dovolani
    • Executive Dance Board Member
    • Co-National Dance Director
    • Started with Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1990

    BIO

    Tony Dovolani was born in Prishtina, Kosova and began folk dancing at age three. He was 15 years old when he and his family moved to the United States. At age 17, he began ballroom lessons at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Connecticut and knew he had found his passion. Six months later, he began working as a FADS Dance Instructor, and he has been a strong and successful competitor in the professional ballroom dancing world ever since.

    In 2006, Tony joined ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for their second season, and quickly became a fan favorite with his stellar choreography, elegance and bright smile. He spent 21 consecutive seasons on the show; Tony and his dance partner Melissa Rycroft were the Season 15 “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” Mirror Ball Trophy Champions. Tony’s professional body of work is impressive. He has guest hosted and choreographed for the world-famous Chippendales at the Rio/Las Vegas, (Spring 2018); choreographed the Miss Nevada pageant (2012) and was a judge for the Miss America competition (2011). He, with fellow DWTS Pro Cheryl Burke, choreographed and performed a special Paso Doble for Pixar’s Toy Story 3. He’s guest-hosted segments on EXTRA, the Golf Channel’s The Morning Drive and on the ABC syndicated show On the Red Carpet. He has guest starred on television series including TV Land’s The Exes and CBS TV’s Kevin Can Wait, and played Latin bad-boy competitor, ‘Slick Willy’ in the hit film Shall We Dance. He has toured with Dance to the Movies and Dance to the Holidays and has been a frequent guest on Good Morning America.

    Of his role as Co-National Dance Director for the Fred Astaire Dance Studios network, Tony offers, “My life has now come full circle. At age 17, I began my dance career as an Instructor with FADS, and now, to carry on the legacy of the iconic dancer and choreographer Fred Astaire, is truly an honor. My goals as Co-National Dance Director are not only to bring all the knowledge and skills I’ve gained to this position, but even more importantly – to work together with you to bring FADS – home of the best dancers in our industry – to the next level. When I was a brand new teacher, one of my mentors told me, “what you learn at FADS will help you be successful not only in your career, but in every aspect of your life”, and it’s been incredible how true that was. What I learned while working at that Fred Astaire Dance Studio has helped me with my family, my dancing, in movies and TV shows… in all the accomplishments I’ve ever had. But the truth is, I always wanted to come back – to be here, because THIS is where I belong, this is where I am proudest – to know when I walk out on a stage or anywhere, that I represent Fred Astaire Dance Studios – THAT is truly an honor.”

  • FADS Dance Board Member Nadia Eftedal
    FADS Dance Board Member Nadia Eftedal
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Coach
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2014

    BIO

    Nadia Eftedal is an internationally recognized champion-level dancer and Adjudicator with an exceptional portfolio of awards and titles. She began her dancing career at the age of eight in Hollywood, California and throughout her Junior, Amateur and early Professional years, Nadia competed in both International styles of Standard and Latin. As a Professional, she represented Norway, the country of her dance partner, Johan. Nadia traveled the world lecturing, demonstrating and teaching throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. She returned home to Southern California where she continues training top-competitive couples, lecturing and adjudicating major competitions. She is World Dance Council certified (level-A) Adjudicator. She was recently the American Adjudicator at the 2013 World Professional Latin American Championships and has represented the United States in many World professional and amateur championships. Nadia is also an Examiner for the United States Terpsichore Association, providing medals for students and judging certification.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Alan Fenwick
    FADS Dance Board Member Alan Fenwick
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1990

    BIO

    Alan is the Regional Dance Director of Texas, and has been for the last several years. He has been extremely busy, being a part of all their studios on a weekly basis. Alan is a Coach, Adjudicator, Choreographer and Director of the Regional Professional Showcases, and as well as one of the organizers of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Texas Regional events. Alan and his former dance partner, Lisa Sandifer, were 4-Time United States American Smooth Finalists and 8-Time undefeated Fred Astaire National American Smooth Champions.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Tina Gerova
    FADS Dance Board Member Tina Gerova
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • Studio Manager
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2001

    BIO

    Tina is originally from Bulgaria, and has been dancing for over 25 years. In the year 2000, she made the decision to follow her dream to become a professional dancer, and moved to New York City where she resides currently. Tina immediately got a position at one of the leading dance studios in Manhattan – Fred Astaire East Side, and has been with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios family ever since. Tina has become well-known in the ballroom dance world as an Instructor, Competitor, Performer, Choreographer, Coach and Adjudicator. In her dance career as a Professional competitor, Tina, together with her partner Plamen Danailov, achieved remarkable results and world standings. Winners and finalists at all of the prestigious competitions in the United States, Tina currently manages the Fred Astaire East Side Studio (NYC), coaches and trains many Pro/Am students and Amateur and Professional couples, most of which have achieved great results, becoming Champions and National Finalists. Tina is a licensed Instructor with the National Dance Council of America, US Terpsichore Association and also possesses an international judging license by the World Dance Council. She is valued for her talent and achievements and is often invited to judge national and international dance competitions, as well as lecture in various dance congresses and seminars. After a long and fulfilling career as a Professional Dancer in the USA and around the world, Tina continues to enrich the dance community with her skills and long-time experience in the art of dance.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Nadia Goulina
    FADS Dance Board Member Nadia Goulina
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1981

    BIO

    Nadia coaches and choreographs at all levels and in all styles. A World-Class Adjudicator, she’s been a member of NDC since 2005 and has collaborated in the creation of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios International Latin Syllabus.

  • Albina-Habrle
    Albina-Habrle
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Director
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1999

    BIO

    Originally from Russia, Albina found great passion for the Ballroom industry, and has been a part of it in the United States since 1999. She is inspired to continue making a contribution to the field through her commitment to excellence, and to live Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Mission Statement of enriching peoples’ lives to the fullest.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Christine Harvey
    FADS Dance Board Member Christine Harvey
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1993

    BIO

    Christine began dancing at the age of six in England; she competed all over the world as a Juvenile, Junior, Youth, Amateur and Professional. During her competitive career, she was fortunate to travel and teach all over the world. She eventually settled in the USA in 1992 where she started to work for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio location in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1993 to 2010 Christine owned and operated a very successful Fred Astaire Dance Studio on the south shore of Boston. In 1997, she was appointed to the National Dance Board. She has spent over 27 years with Fred Astaire Dance Studios, serving as Instructor, Dance Director, Studio Owner and Regional Trainer. Christine is an official United States NDCA and World Class Adjudicator, and Trustee of the USISTD. Christine is a highly sought-after coach and adjudicator. She coaches all levels and all styles of pro/am and professionals. She is currently the head coach for Brown University and is also a coach for MIT Boston.

  • George-Hendricks
    George-Hendricks
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • National Examiner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1963

    BIO

    An experienced Trainer and Examiner, George has been associated with Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1963, and has traveled extensively as a Coach.

  • Ilya-Ifraimov
    Ilya-Ifraimov
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1999

    BIO

    Ilya coaches and choreographs in all levels and styles. A World Class Adjudicator and Choreographer, he’s been a member of NDC since 2005 and has collaborated in the creation of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios International Latin Syllabus. Ilya has also appeared on American Ballroom Challenge and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

  • Gabriela-Jileva
    Gabriela-Jileva
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1998

    BIO

    Gabriela is the Owner, Manager and Dance Director of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Morristown, New Jersey. She started dancing and competing in Ballroom at the age of 10 in her native Bulgaria, where she won the National Open International Standard title and represented her country in the World Cup Championships in Vienna, Austria. After deciding to follow her dream and  move to the United States in 1998, she joined the Fred Astaire family to continue her professional dancing in International Standard. In 2010, she added American Smooth to her repertoire.  Over the last 2 decades with the Fred Astaire organization, Gabriela has achieved many accolades. Most recently has been an undefeated Fred Astaire Open International Standard Champion, 2-time Fred Astaire Open American Smooth Runner Up, 3-time NJ Manager of the Year, 3-time Top NJ Studio of the Year, and has been featured on the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ International Standard syllabus videos. With much success in the dance business, Gaby currently enjoys traveling the country choreographing, adjudicating, training and coaching many of the national Amateur, Pro/Am and top Professional competitors. Gabriela’s passion lies in mentoring, inspiring, and motivating all those with whom she comes in contact.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Rae Josephs
    FADS Dance Board Member Rae Josephs
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Company Stockholder
    • Area Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1977

    BIO

    Rae Josephs was born in Chicago, Illinois and began her Ballroom career at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, on June 7, 1977, in Oak Park, IL. She was one of the Top Enrollment Teachers in the United States, consistently for 4 years. Along with teaching, she competed in The Theatre Arts division and won numerous awards. In 1981, she married Joe Josephs, and together, they moved to Wisconsin to start a dynasty! They opened the Milwaukee North studio in September, 1981, and on the 4th of July, 1984, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Jackie Josephs. Then in 1985, they became the Area Directors for the state of Wisconsin. They built the fastest-growing Region in Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ history. Together, Rae & Joe trained some of the trend-setters & trail-blazers of our company – teachers, owners, Dance Board members, and students alike. Rae always had a passion for training, mainly in the New Student Department as well as in Customer Service. Her dance accomplishments were mainly in the American Rhythm, partnered with Stephen Knight. She is proudest of: United Stated Open Rhythm Finalists, Fred Astaire Undefeated Open Rhythm Champions, Ohio Star Ball Rhythm Finalists, recipient of the John Monte Award for Professional American Style, choreographed numerous Showcases, and performed in shows across America. Rae has been on the Fred Astaire Dance Board since 1996. Not only does she enjoy inspiring students and teachers through dance, but is blessed to be one of the most sought-after Motivational Speakers in the industry. She has mentored many FADS team members throughout the United States. In 2005, Rae & Joe moved “home” and became the Area Directors for the state of Illinois. It was there that the fastest & highest-grossing studio in the history of Fred Astaire Dance Studios was accomplished. With 8 Illinois studios in full “swing”, she is excited about #9 & #10, opening in 2017. As the Illinois Area Director, it is so much fun to bring the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ mission statement of “enriching the lives of others” to reality for so many people, through dance. Rae has been a stockholder of the company since 1993 and was on the FADS Board of Directors in 2014 & 2015. With deep loyalty to the Fred Astaire Dance Studios company, Rae is a pillar of knowledge in various subjects and finds complete enjoyment in contributing to the growth of students & teachers, not only in dance, but in life.

  • Elizabeth-Joy
    Elizabeth-Joy
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Director
    • Company Stockholder
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1990

    BIO

    Elizabeth received the inaugural John Monte Award of Excellence as a Pro/Am competitor and never looked back. With her husband, Tad Joy, she co-owned the St. Petersburg, Florida Fred Astaire Dance Studio for 25 years and maintained its excellence as one of the best studios in the country. She received numerous “Manager of the Year” awards and Freddy Awards. Her B.A. in Journalism/Advertising has always been a benefit in this business! While she loves the “ins and outs” of studio systems, she also had great success on the dance floor as both a Pro/Am competitor (both sides of the partnership) and a Professional competitor. Elizabeth is an undefeated FADS United States Smooth Champion and 3-Time Fred Astaire Dance Studios National International Ballroom Champion. Both styles were dancing with her husband, Tad. She is now the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Area Developer for Tampa Bay, FL. She’s also a company stockholder and a proud mom!

  • FADS Dance Board Member Tad Joy
    FADS Dance Board Member Tad Joy
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Company Stockholder
    • Area Developer
    • National Competition Chairman
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1986

    BIO

    Having won nine Freddy Awards and been named the Top Pro/Am Teacher in the United States, Tad excels in both the business and dancing sides of the industry. He is one of the most sought-after staff/business Trainers and Motivators nationwide. But he also loves to affect Professionals and Pro/Am couples on the dance floor, perfecting technique and choreographing open routines. Tad has been in the ballroom industry for his entire life. He relishes being the second generation of a National Dance Board member, an undefeated FADS United States Smooth Champion, and the Tampa Bay Area Developer. He continues his quest for excellence and is now the National Fred Astaire Competition Chairman and a Stockholder. He is, of course, a world-class certified NDCA Adjudicator/Scrutineer/MC and Chairman of Judges. Tad provides the epitome of Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ excellence in all aspects of the dance business, and is honored to represent Fred Astaire Dance Studios on the National Dance Council of America. Providing the same excellence on the road in his five Tampa Bay Florida studios, and across the Fred Astaire Dance Studio network is his life and honor.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Lynn Kawamoto
    FADS Dance Board Member Lynn Kawamoto
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1989

    BIO

    Lynn believes that balance is important in the dance business. Being well-versed in dancing as well business will ensure success for anyone. With her experience, she is able to coach & train on almost anything, from dancing & teaching, to program presentations. Being with Fred Astaire Dance Studios for over 25 years, Lynn has experience in almost all aspects of the dance business…from Receptionist, Instructor, Competitor, Manager, Franchisee, to Coach, Choreographer & Adjudicator. She has won many awards, including the coveted Freddy Award 7 times, the W.L. Miller Award for Top Teacher in the Southeastern Region, as well as Manager of the Year Award. In 2004 Lynn took over managing the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida and brought the studio to over $1 million in gross revenue for the first time. She continued managing that studio for the next 2-1/2 years, where it continued to gross over $1 million and was on par to hit $1.3 million in her last year. As a Professional Competitor, her list of accomplishments include Undefeated Fred Astaire Southeastern Regional Rhythm Champion; Gator Classic Rhythm Champion; Sunshine State Rhythm Champion; Sarasota Rhythm Champion; Central Florida Heat Rhythm Champion; Florida State Rhythm Champion; United States R.S. Rhythm Finalist; and Fred Astaire National Rhythm Finalist. Lynn is currently the Regional Dance Director of the Tampa Bay Area and enjoys traveling coaching, choreographing, adjudicating, and just helping people to achieve their goals.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Oksana Klyuchnyk
    FADS Dance Board Member Oksana Klyuchnyk
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2003

    BIO

    Oksana Klyuchnyk is originally from Ukraine. She has been dancing for over 27 years and holds a degree in Dance. Oksana was awarded the title “Master of Sports“ by the Ukrainian National Sports Committee, in recognition for excellence in Ballroom Dancing. Prior to joining Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 2003, she achieved and sustained national acclaim and a high level of distinction within the international ballroom dance community in her native country. Oksana also became the winner or finalist at many prestigious dance events in the USA, and was awarded numerous Top Teacher awards. In addition, she excels in business side of the dance industry, and is available for staff and manager training.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Stephen Knight
    FADS Dance Board Member Stephen Knight
    • Executive Dance Board Member
    • Co-National Dance Director
    • Company Stockholder
    • Area Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1977

    BIO

    Stephen is one of the busiest men in the industry. As a Regional Franchise Director for the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Wisconsin Region, an NDCA Adjudicator, a Coach, Choreographer, and the Co-National Dance Director for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, his dance card is almost always full. Stephen and his dance partner, Rae Josephs, were 3-Time United States American Rhythm Finalists, and 6-Time undefeated Fred Astaire American Rhythm Champions. Stephen is also responsible for creating a large portion of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Silver Syllabus. He is well-known for his choreography for Open Routines, Solos, Showcases, and Novelties.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Vera Kosarev
    FADS Dance Board Member Vera Kosarev
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • Studio Manager
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1998

    BIO

    Vera started dancing at a very young age. By six, she was already competing in her home town of Nizhny Nogorod, Russia. At age eight, Vera and her family immigrated to the United States. At 12, she found a Fred Astaire Dance Studio that had just opened in Rochester, NY; that is where she would later meet her husband and dance partner, Vladimir Kosarev. The two of them fell in love with the American Style of ballroom dance and began their competitive career. Parallel to dancing, Vera also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Major in International Business, a Co-major in Marketing, and a Minor in Communications. Currently, Vera owns and operates a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Coral Gables, Florida with her husband and partner Vladimir Kosarev.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Vladimir Kosarev
    FADS Dance Board Member Vladimir Kosarev
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • Studio Manager
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2000

    BIO

    Vladimir Kosarev, originally From Perm, Russia, began his dancing career when he was just six years old. At age seven, he became the 10-Dance Youth Champion in his home town, where ballroom dancing was very competitive with over 30 studios. By 1996, he was representing Russia in the European Championship and became a Youth European Latin Semi-Finalist. Vladimir loved ballroom so much that he began teaching ballroom dance at age 14. This would lead him to a very successful career as a professional dancer and instructor. At age 22, he decided to move to America where he joined the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Rochester, NY, which is where he met his beautiful dance partner and wife, Vera Kosarev. They fell in love with the American Style and began their competitive career. Currently, Vladimir owns and operates a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Coral Gables, Florida with his wife and partner, Vera Kosarev.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Martin Lamb
    FADS Dance Board Member Martin Lamb
    • Executive Dance Board Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1999

    BIO

    Martin is an experienced Technique Specialist, Competitive Trainer and Mind Coach for Professionals, Amateurs and Students, in addition to being a Lecturer, Choreographer and world-class Adjudicator. Martin has competed and taught all over the world, at every level of dance. He has officiated in National and Open Championships of New Zealand, Sweden, Italy, South Africa, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, British Open, USA Open, Austrian Open, International, European and World Cups, Japan International and Icelandic Open. He has demonstrated in UK, USA, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Iceland, China, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Japan, Indonesia, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada, and Singapore.

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

    BIO

    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.

  • Chantal-LeClerc
    Chantal-LeClerc
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1994

    BIO

    Chantal coaches at the Amateur, Pro/Am and Professional levels. She’s a Choreographer at all levels and styles, and is successful in making coaching, choreography and studio Showcases fun and easy to learn.

  • Izabela-Lewandowski
    Izabela-Lewandowski
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2014

    BIO

    Born in Poland, Izabela began dancing at the age of 10. A winner of many Polish Championships in over 10 dance divisions, Izabela danced professionally with her partner, Thomas, and together they won the Polish National Championship in International Latin. Currently living in Los Angeles, Izabela’s retired from competitive dancing, focusing instead on judging, teaching and performing.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Thomas Lewandowski
    FADS Dance Board Member Thomas Lewandowski
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • Area Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2014

    BIO

    Born in Poland, Thomas started dancing at the age of six. He was a Polish National Champion in International Latin as a Junior, Youth and Amateur. After moving to the U.S. in 2000, he turned Professional in International Latin. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Thomas retired from competitive dancing in order to focus on judging, teaching and performing.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Jan Mattingly
    FADS Dance Board Member Jan Mattingly
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios 20 years

    BIO

    Jan Mattingly resides in Houston, Texas and assists with coaching, student level examinations and adjudicating in the FADS Texas region. In all, she has been associated with the Fred Astaire team for over 20 years. She grew up in California and competed in International Latin and Standard as a Junior, Amateur, and Professional. In Houston, Texas she switched to American Style and began dancing with Joe Lozano. Together, they became United States American Style Champions.

  • Armadno-Martin
    Armadno-Martin
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Company Stockholder
    • Area Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1981

    BIO

    Armando’s dance expertise ranges from Classical Ballet, Theatrical, Cabaret, American-Style Smooth and Rhythm, to International Latin and Standard. Armando has been a successful Fred Astaire Dance Studio Owner since 1985, as well as a Fred Astaire Dance Studios Area Franchiser since 1987 in New York State, and in South Florida since 2003.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Laura Martin
    FADS Dance Board Member Laura Martin
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Company Stockholder
    • Area Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1981

    BIO

    Laura’s dance expertise ranges from Classical Ballet, Theatrical, Cabaret, American-Style Smooth and Rhythm to International Latin and Standard. She has been a successful Fred Astaire Dance Studio Owner since 1985, as well as a Fred Astaire Area Franchiser since 1987 in New York State, and in South Florida since 2003.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Jennifer Ford McCalla
    FADS Dance Board Member Jennifer Ford McCalla
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1990

    BIO

    Jennifer is a United States Official National Adjudicator and highly sought-after Coach. She has been on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board since 1997. She visits Fred Astaire Dance Studios throughout the United States and helps develop the quality of their staff’s and students’ dancing to the highest level. Jennifer’s passion and expertise is to train Professionals and Amateurs alike, so they achieve the highest level of competitive dancing. She regularly trains in Smooth, Rhythm, Standard and Latin. Uniquely, she started as a Fred Astaire Dance Studios student, and during that time was the United States Pro/Am American Style Rhythm and Smooth Champion and Theatre Arts.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Stanley McCalla
    FADS Dance Board Member Stanley McCalla
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1990

    BIO

    Stanley is a United States Official National Adjudicator and highly sought-after Coach. He has been on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board since 1997. He visits Fred Astaire Dance Studios throughout the United States, and helps develop the quality of their staff’s and students’ dancing to the highest level. Stanley’s passion and expertise is to train professionals and amateurs alike, so they achieve the highest level of competitive dancing. He regularly trains in Smooth, Rhythm, Standard and Latin. Stanley is the Co-Owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Mamaroneck, New York where he serves as Dance Director. As a Professional, he was a principal dancer for American Ballroom Theater, directed by Pierre Dulaine, for 7 Years. He, together with his wife Jennifer Ford McCalla, choreographed the Tango scene for Adam’s Family II. They were also Ballroom Consultants for The Stepford Wives (2004), where they choreographed the group waltz in the movie.

    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1992

    BIO

    Darius Mosteika, along with his wife Jolanta Mosteika, has been dancing since 1986. After immigrating to the United States in 1992, he and Jolanta consistently placed in the top 2 couples at the U.S. National Professional Standard Championships until their retirement in  2000. Darius has a Master’s degree in economics and is a proud parent of Leila and Andrew.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Jolanta Mosteika
    FADS Dance Board Member Jolanta Mosteika
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1992

    BIO

    Jolanta Mosteika, along with her husband, Darius Mosteika, has been dancing since 1986. After immigrating to the United States in 1992, she and Darius consistently placed in the top 2 couples at the U.S. National Professional Standard Championships until their retirement in the year 2000. She is also a proud parent of Leila and Andrew.

  • Charlie-Penatello
    Charlie-Penatello
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Company Stockholder
    • Area Director
    • Area Dance Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1974

    BIO

    Charles is great at motivating, coaching and helping with enrollments. He has experience in all levels of dance and studio operations.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Christina Penatello Hansen
    FADS Dance Board Member Christina Penatello Hansen
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios Since 1997

    BIO

    Being a well-recognized coach within the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Organization, Christina Penatello Hansen enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of dance and business with professionals and amateurs of all ages. With over 30 years of dance experience, she is able to teach the newest dancer as well as the most seasoned, with the greatest of ease. Her ultimate goal is to create excitement and inspiration for every person she associates herself with, throughout their dance journey.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Jean L. Penatello
    FADS Dance Board Member Jean L. Penatello
    • International Dance Council Member
    • National Examiner
    • Company Stockholder
    • Area Director
    • Area Dance Director
    • Ethics Committee Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1974

    BIO

    Jean is known for her knowledge in dance as well as business. She has gained recognition as a Trainer and Examiner in all levels of certifications for American, International, and Exhibition Styles of Dance. Not only is she a current Fred Astaire Dance Studios Co-Area Franchisor of New Jersey with Charles Penatello, she is also a recognized Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, World Adjudicator, and Chairman of Judges for the Fred Astaire Organization and National Dance Council of America.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Kimalee Piedad
    FADS Dance Board Member Kimalee Piedad
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Manager
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios Since 2005

    BIO

    Kimalee Piedad grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She has studied many forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary. She danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet and Ballet Met before joining Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 2005. She has been honored to represent the company both in National and International events, and is a US and World Cabaret and Theatrical Champion, as well as a US 9-Dance Finalist. She has been featured on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance, and has toured as a featured performer in the ballroom dance show, Dance to the Movies. She currently manages the FADS Fort Walton Beach, Florida Studio and enjoys sharing her passion with staff and students to help them achieve their own dancing goals.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Luann Pulliam
    FADS Dance Board Member Luann Pulliam
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Company Stockholder
    • Area Director
    • Studio Owner
    • Studio Manager
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1984

    BIO

    Luann is one of Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ leading Coaches, specializing in American Rhythm, Smooth, Theatrical, Showdance, Showcases and Solos. Luann excels at sales and training in all areas, and is available for motivational seminars.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Susan Puttock
    FADS Dance Board Member Susan Puttock
    • International Dance Council Member
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1980

    BIO

    Following a successful competitive career in the UK, Sue immigrated to the U.S. and started teaching at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Houston, TX and later, moved to Las Vegas. While competing with her late husband, Brian, and winning the Fred Astaire National Championships, they became U.S. National Champions in Ballroom Style for three years running, and represented the U.S. at three World Championships. Eventually, both joined the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Dance Board, and traveled to many Fred Astaire Dance Studios across the country, coaching and judging. After a hiatus, Susan has returned to the National Championships, and is available to help studios with coaching and training. Susan currently resides in the UK.

    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios Since 2008

    BIO

    Andrei Rudenco is an experienced professional dancer (more than 30 years in dance), instructor, coach, adjudicator, and Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Fort Myers co-owner. Originally from the country of Moldova in Eastern Europe, Andrei moved to the US in 2008 and joined Fred Astaire Dance Studios. He started dancing at the age of 7 in his hometown of Tiraspol and has traveled the world, competing, teaching, coaching and judging. With his wife, Elena Rudenco, he opened his first dance studio in 1996 in Tiraspol, Moldova. He has taught and trained hundreds of dancers from beginner level all the way to professional level. Many of them are FADS instructors and competitors in USA now. Andrei is qualified in all levels as dance instructor in all 4 dance styles.  Also, qualified in the Silver Level of Diploma Certification in American Smooth and Rhythm, International Standard and Latin, Dance Director and Adjudicator with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and NDCA.

    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios Since 2008

    BIO

    Elena Rudenco is an experienced professional dancer (more than 30 years in dance), instructor, coach, adjudicator, and Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Fort Myers co-owner. Originally from the country of Moldova in Eastern Europe, Elena moved to the US in 2008 and joined Fred Astaire Dance Studios. She started dancing at the age of 7 in her hometown of Tiraspol and has traveled the world, competing, teaching, coaching and judging. With her husband, Andrei Rudenco, she opened her first dance studio in 1996 in Tiraspol, Moldova. She has taught and trained hundreds of dancers from beginner level all the way to professional level. Many of them are FADS instructors and competitors in USA now. Elena is qualified in all levels as dance instructor in all 4 dance styles.  Also, qualified in the Silver Level of Diploma Certification in American Smooth and Rhythm, International Standard and Latin, Dance Director and Adjudicator with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and NDCA.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Victor Russu
    FADS Dance Board Member Victor Russu
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1998

    BIO

    After immigrating to the United States from Moldova in 1998, where he was a Champion in both International Standard and Latin, Victor discovered American Smooth. He enjoyed this program so much, he became a specialist in dancing and teaching the style. Within a short time, he had professional success in American Smooth and became equally successful in training Pro/Am students to become champions. He is proud to have been the Professional partner and Teacher of students who have collectively accumulated a total of 21 United States National and World Championships, in both American Smooth and International Standard. In addition, his students have won or been finalists in most major competitions throughout the United States, and have won so many National and World Fred Astaire Championships he long-ago lost count of the number. Victor was invited to do a special exhibition performance on PBS-TV’s Championship Ballroom Dancing with one of his most successful Pro/Am students. The exhibition can been seen on YouTube. With these accomplishments, it is not surprising Victor is frequently sought by Fred Astaire Dance Studios locations to coach and share his expertise with their students and instructors. Victor is the Owner and Dance Director of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Rockland County NY, just north of New York City. He is accomplished professionally, in all styles of dance.

  • Dan-Rutherford
    Dan-Rutherford
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Area Director
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2004

    BIO

    Dan studied jazz dance extensively from the age of five through his late teens. At that time, he began a career in Ballroom and Latin dance. Dan has produced numerous Champions throughout his career as a Teacher and Coach. Dan has also danced on stage with numerous celebrities as a back-up, chorus line and principal dancer in many productions. Dan is one of the top professionals in the United States.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Richard Silver
    FADS Dance Board Member Richard Silver
    • International Dance Council Member
    • National Examiner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1978

    BIO

    Richard Silver started with Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1978, in Louisville, KY. He is a former multi-studio Owner with locations in Alabama & Tennessee, and is certified in all levels.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Yuriy Simakov
    FADS Dance Board Member Yuriy Simakov
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 2003

    BIO

    Yuriy Simakov is originally from Ukraine. He has been dancing for over 30 years, and holds a degree in Dance from Kharkov National University of Arts. Prior to joining Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 2003, he achieved and sustained national acclaim and a high level of distinction within the International Ballroom dance community in his native country. Yuriy also became the Winner or Finalist at many prestigious dance events in the USA and was awarded numerous Top Teacher awards. Yuriy is also a highly-talented Choreographer with an exceptionally unique style. He also excels in the business side of the dance industry, and is available for staff and manager training.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Marina Tarsinov
    FADS Dance Board Member Marina Tarsinov
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Ohio Region Area Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1992

    BIO

    Marina is equally strong in coaching in all styles of Dance Sport, for dancers of all levels. She is particularly interested in dance fundamentals, the articulation of the body, and developing an understanding of the mechanics of anatomy. She also enjoys assisting dancers in developing their own unique style and voice.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Taliat Tarsinov
    FADS Dance Board Member Taliat Tarsinov
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Ohio Region Area Director
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1992

    BIO

    Taliat has been one of the most sought-after Coaches and Choreographers in the United States, for both Amateurs and Professionals. He has coached many National Champions in all styles of dance sport. He is best known for his innovative choreography, which he enjoys creating for all levels of dancers. Taliat enjoys custom-tailoring both technique and style to the individual dancer.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Joe Trovato
    FADS Dance Board Member Joe Trovato
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1991

    BIO

    Joe excels both in dance and business areas. He is available for sales training, as well as motivational seminars and meetings. Joe’s been Florida’s leading teacher for many years and Top Manager for over five years.

  • FADS Dance Board Member Tommie Trovato
    FADS Dance Board Member Tommie Trovato
    • International Dance Council Member
    • Studio Owner
    • With Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1991

    BIO

    Tommie is available for coaching and training in all dance levels and styles, as well as for Showcases, Solos, Jazz, Ballet and Competition routines. She’s experienced in all aspects of studio business, and competition set-up and organization.

The Fred Astaire International Dance Council is an invaluable resource of creative talent, experience and knowledge from all corners of the dance world. Its members are all experts in dance who have retired from active competition, and who have met all certification, diploma and competitive prerequisites.

The goals of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios International Dance Council are to:

  • Ensure excellence in dance quality
  • Mentor staff & student development
  • Drive product development
  • Foster exceptional customer service across our studio network

The Dance Council oversees dance styling & technique at the regional, national and international levels; and maintains and continually reviews the Fred Astaire Dance Studios official Curriculum to ensure that only the highest-quality programs are offered to our students. The Dance Council is also responsible for:

  • Adjudicating at branded competitions
  • Coaching students in-studio
  • Leading Dance Camps / Boot Camps
  • Conducting on-going staff certifications and business training

A seven-member Executive Dance Board oversees the activities of the Fred Astaire International Dance Council, which is organized into functional Dance Committees. Dance Committee members & leaders are carefully selected by the Executive Dance Board based on specific areas of expertise. International Dance Council Committees include:

  • International Examiners
  • Choreographers
  • American Smooth
  • American Rhythm
  • International Ballroom
  • International Latin
  • Theatre Arts/Exhibition
  • Club Dances
  • Performing Arts
  • ParaDance
  • Kids’ Dance
  • Streaming