Mark Adler – District Director
Mark Adler is the owner of the Austin, River Oaks, Sugarland and Woodlands Studios, along with Stephanie.
Even though he is a business major, Mark is equivalently a phenomenal dancer. He began with the Latin styles and has been extensively training in the Smooth styles for the last ten years. Owning their own dance studio is a lifetime dream-come-true for Stephanie and Mark. Their Woodlands studio is the 7th largest Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the U.S. and the largest dance studio in the Houston-area. Both his Sugarland and Woodlands studios are in the Top 20 Studios in the United States! That being said, Mark and Stephanie are known throughout Fred Astaire for both their dancing and business management.
Mark says that owning a studio was one of his major goals, but he also aspires to own a studio that “provides the best customer service and quality of instruction.” He only continues to provide excellent customer service and share his “passion for the arts with students,” which is how he became involved in the Ballroom world in the first place.
Mark is extremely proud of the successes of his students, and he will only continue to strive to create an atmosphere where everyone can grow to reach their full potential.
Stephanie – District Director
Stephanie, certified in various types of dance including Ballroom, Swing, Hip-Hop and Belly Dancing, has also had extensive training in Ballet, Latin, Jazz and Modern dancing. She attended the National German Dance Council as well as the German Professional Dance Teacher Association, both of which she graduated Valedictorian from on full scholarships. Stephanie has competed at numerous levels both nationally and internationally, and was frequently named champion. Currently, she is ranked 16th on the World Ranking List for dancers. With so much dance experience, Stephanie only wished to share her passion with the rest of the world. Being the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios is a great honor for Stephanie. She says that it is more than just a dance studio. It offers an environment for learning, fun and excitement and an opportunity to share her passion for dancing with others. Stephanie explains, “One of the best parts of dancing is meeting new people and making new friends.”
Alexis – Studio Manager
Alexis was a late bloomer when it came to ballroom dancing. While studying biology and psychology at the University of California, Irvine he stumbled into his first Swing class. It was meant to be the start of a new hobby and a way to meet people, but soon became a passion that continued to grow. After graduating in 2003, Alexis joined the professional world and worked in a hospital for over a year before deciding something was missing. Through the recommendation of a friend, Alexis sought out ballroom dancing in 2004 and that passion for dance soon became a blaze. Soon after, Alexis became a certified dance teacher and had a successful career in California over the next ten years, winning several awards in teaching excellence and nurturing many of his students to top student awards. Now residing in Texas, Alexis is excited to be part of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios and the team in the Woodlands.
Aaron – Professional Dance Instructor
Aaron has always loved to dance. Ever since he learned his first dance, which was the salsa, he was hooked. The sense of accomplishment of perfecting each pattern is a passion that he truly enjoys sharing with everyone he gets the pleasure of teaching. Aaron has been teaching since August 2011 and competes at regional and national competitions around the US. There are many people who he has been trained by but to name a few, Ben Seifert, Stephanie Adler and our regional dance director Alan Fenwick have always been people that he has to thank for his success in this industry. Aaron loves teaching and competing with Fred Astaire and he hopes to share the experience with anyone who wants to learn.