Staff

Isabelle Schmidt

Isabelle Schmidt

Owner/Ballroom Dance Instructor

Born in Germany, Isabelle started ballroom dancing at the age of 14. Specializing in Latin dances. She has successfully competed in many Regional and National Competitions. Isabelle also loves HipHop and holds the honor of being South German HipHop Champion. In addition to her passion for ballroom dancing.

Since joining the team of certified instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 2010. She is now a frequent finalist in Regional and National competitions she participates in.

However, with her passion for teaching people how to dance socially as well as on a competitive level. Isabelle continues to be under the top instructors within the Fred Astaire New England & Fairfield County region. She currently holds the title of Top Female Teacher at the Colonial Classic competition at the Hyatt in Old Greenwich.

Staff Elmar Schmidt

Elmar Schmidt

Owner/Ballroom Dance Instructor

Elmar began ballroom dancing in Germany at the age of 7, and through the years successfully competed in many Regional, National and International competitions. Upon completion of the extensive German training to become a certified dance instructor, he was immediately offered a position as Assistant Manager and Dance Instructor at one of the largest German dancing schools in Munich, Germany.

In January, 2007, Elmar joined Fred Astaire Dance Studios as an owner and director of the Brookfield, CT, location where he continues to pursue his passion for dancing. Under his direction and instruction, the Brookfield Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s students and certified instructors win top placements in competitions and enjoy the magic of dance.

Clemens Lengenfelder

Clemens began dancing in Linz, Austria at the age of 15. After completing all of his examinations in dance school, he began competing in major dance competitions throughout Europe including the Austrian Open, German Open, Italian Open, Copenhagen Open, Czech Republic Open, and Blackpool. He was recruited by the studio in 1998 and became the owner with his wife in 2001. During his time with Fred Astaire, he has won numerous New England regional championships as well as top teacher awards. Clemens has a degree in fashion and design from HBLA in Linz, Austria.  He works hard not only on the dance floor with his students, but also designing and making custom dresses for the studios competitive students,  which he does in his free time.

Joanna Lee

Joanna Lee

Ballroom Dance Instructor

Joanna is our newest team member.
Born in Germany, she began dancing at the age of 3. After dancing in multiple dance groups and in different dance styles, Joanna found her passion in Hip-Hop dancing.

In 2011, she became a certified Zumba(R) Fitness Instructor and has a complete wide-ranging education from Germany in ballroom dancing. Besides dancing and teaching international Latin & Standard, she is specialized in children’s dancing and West Coast Swing.

Following her dreams to improving herself, and the love of dancing, brought her to the United States to become a Fred Astaire Dance Studio professional.

Anna Belyavtseva

Following her dreams and passion to dance, Anna moved to the U.S. in June 2015 to represent USA as a Professional dancer in 10 Dance (International Latin & Ballroom) and to join our team. Originally from Moscow, Anna was a finalist in many international competitions in Russia and across Europe. She also participated in the famous TV program, “Dancing with the Stars,” in Russia. Before moving to the U.S. Anna worked and lived in Germany and Switzerland. She has traveled the world extensively and speaks four languages (English, Spanish, German & Russian).