Staff

LuAnn

LuAnn is one of the most decorated ballroom dancers in the World in Theater Arts and Cabaret divisions, including 5 World Championship titles, British and U.S. Theatrical Champion and Ohio Star Ball and Fred Astaire National Rhythm Champion.

She has been with Fred Astaire for over 30 years, and are currently owners of one of the top studios in the company. LuAnn is an expert at coaxing out a sensual side of dancers, and creating routines that highlight their best attributes.

Aaron

A native of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Aaron started his pursuing his love for performing by joining a traveling show choir from 2007-2008. From there he joined the Fred Astaire Dance Studios family, working at the Crestview Studio location for 3 years before join the Fort Walton Beach Studio in 2013. Since then Aaron’s career as a professional dancer has continued to rise with such achievements as: Regional American Smooth & Rhythm Champion, 2x Fred Astaire National Show dance Vice Champion, Fred Astaire National Rising Start Smooth Finalist, 2015 U.S. Theatrical Finalist  and 2015 World Masters Open Smooth Finalist. Featured performer in movie “Dancin it’s on!” Featuring so you think you can dance and dancing with the stars pros.

Vince

Vincent started off as a student here at the Fort Walton Beach Studio and loved it so much that he aspired to be a professional. He has been a profession since 2012 and now competes regionally and nationally.

Nate

Nate grew up in the Fort Walton Beach area. He discovered Ballroom while attending the University of West Florida. After dancing for a couple years he decided to make it a career choice and came back to Fort Walton Beach in 2010 to follow his passion as a teacher and professional competitor.

Kimalee

Kimalee was raised in the Fort Walton Beach area and grew up dancing with the Northwest Florida Ballet.  She began dancing ballroom in 2005 after dancing professionally with the Louisville Ballet & Ballet Met.

Achievements:

  • 5x US Cabaret Champion
  • 4x World Cabaret Champion
  • 2012 Blackpool Exhibition Champion
  • 2x 9 Dance Finalist
  • US Theatrical Champion
  • Undefeated Fred Astaire Cabaret Champion
  • Featured performer on “So You Think You Can Dance” television show Season 6 & 8
  • Featured performer in movie “Dancin it’s on!” Featuring so you think you can dance and dancing with the stars pros.

Chris

Chris came to Fort Walton Beach towards the end of 2011. He left his home town in Dayton, OH seeking to advance his dancing with Fred Astaire. After going to school to be an electrical engineer, then a fire fighter; Chris has found his true career and dream as a dance instructor and has yet to look back. Chris and his partner Shelly Eckert have participated in as many shows and competitions as they can, and they show a strong attitude to be the best they can. “Not only is this the most beautiful town in the world, but I have found the best family of dancers I have ever met!” Chris’ enthusiastic and optimistic attitude has made him a perfect addition to the Fred Astaire staff.

Accomplishments:

  • 2011 1st place Central Dance Challenge novice
  • 2011 1st place Emerald Coast Dancesport Championships novice
  • 2011 National Dance Championships mixed novice finalist
  • 2012-15 Dancing with Desire performer
  • 2014 2nd USDC Theatrical division

Shelly

Shelly has been dancing since the age of 12. She started in independent studios and dancing has always been a huge part of her life. After working in smaller schools in Dayton, OH Shelly wanted to move back to her home town and seek better opportunities. That is when she found Fred Astaire in Fort Walton Beach. Fred Astaire has given her the opportunity to compete professionally which has always been a dream of hers. Shelly and her partner Chris Eckert have participated in many shows and competitions. “There is always something new and exciting going on in this school.”  Shelly’s head strong and outgoing attitude makes her an excellent addition to the Fred Astaire staff.

Accomplishments:

  • 2011 1st place Central Dance Challenge novice
  • 2011 1st place Emerald Coast Dancesport Championships novice
  • 2011 1st place Emerald Coast Dancesport Championships mixed novice
  • 2011 2nd place National Dance Championships mixed novice
  • 2012-15 Dancing with Desire performer
  • 2014 2nd USDC Theatrical division

Joe

Justin

Natalie

Kandyce

Shelby