Staff

David Kerich- Co-owner and Instructor

David Kerich is extremely delighted to share his love of dance with the community!  He is a proud member of the Fred Astaire Family!

Melissa and John Jakiun – Co-owners and students

As a young girl, Melissa  grew up with a love for movement and music as her dad is a professional musician.  She has taken lessons in tap and jazz for 13 years.  Melissa joined the Ballroom Dancing Club at Rutgers University and caught the ballroom bug!  Soon Melissa took ballroom dance classes in her community in NJ.  She then moved to Maryland and has been dancing socially and competitively for seven years here.  She is extremely excited to join the Fred Astaire dancing family now!

John started dancing later in life. He bought a gift certificate for himself and Melissa to have ballroom dancing lessons together. Soon he found that he also caught the ballroom bug and has been dancing ever since! He has been dancing socially and competitively for seven years. John is very happy to be a part of this amazing team!

Carmichael Tavora – Instructor

Carmichael has been dancing professionally for many years.  He comes to Fred Astaire with an amazing enthusiasm for dance!

He is a wonderful teacher and has an infectious laugh!

Kelly Ponce De Leon – Instructor

Kelly is a skilled instructor who has been dancing for most of her life!  She is fueled by dance! She has enjoyed dancing socially and professionally with different companies.  We are thrilled to have Kelly at Fred Astaire!

Lauren Axtell – Instructor

Lauren has been sharing her love of dance with students for many years.  She is a fantastic instructor who will make you feel completely comfortable and help you in your dance journey.  We are so proud to have her on our team.  Can’t beat that welcoming smile!

Brittney Parson – Instructor

Brittney has been on the dance floor over twenty years dancing socially and competitively. Brittney has been recognized and awarded for competition in cheer, step, hip-hop and ballroom. In 2010 she began teaching ballroom and choreographing solo and group lessons.

Her partner in life is her husband of 4 years Roosevelt and her two son’s Zion and Elijah.