Russell is a positive, upbeat dance teacher that strives to make his students as comfortable as possible from the moment they step through the doors for the first time. He has been teaching out of the Fort Myers location since March of 2010.

Russell was born and raised in Lansing, MI where he found his love and passion for music. He was classically trained from the age of 9 to read music and has played the Violin and Cello. Playing in not only his middle school and high school advanced orchestras but also in the Mason Jr. Symphony. Russell was longing for another way to express himself through music, so it was fate when he found his way to the Fred Astaire in Fort Myers.

Dance is like life, it’s all about perspective and finding the one that works best for you. Russell loves working with new students and wedding couples. When he sees the students have their “light bulb moment” he knows he has found the best way to teach them.

With students, Russell has competed in multiple competitions, helping them achieve various accolades such as top bronze student, top newcomer, and top placements in single dance and multi dance events. He has also performed in various charity events and private parties throughout Lee and Collier county.

Russell’s favorite dance is the Viennese Waltz because of the speed and amount of control used through the body at the same time. However, his favorite style of dance is Rhythm due to the social dance aspects it offers. Learning to dance is one of the most rewarding things he has done in his life.

Russell  is  certified Dance Instructor in all levels of dance in American Rhythm and American Smooth with Fred Astaire Dance Studios.