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.”
Aaron Vo – Dance Director and Certified Dance Instructor
Aaron is a testament to the Fred Astaire method of teaching and dance institution. He started as a student at Fred Astaire Sugar Land at the tender age of 20. With no prior dance experience, he made an appointment to try his first lesson. Soon after he first stepped onto the ballroom floor, he was in love with everything Fred Astaire had to offer. He was setting goals to participate at numerous events, created relationships that continue to this day, and or course he learned to dance!
Due to his hard work and dedication, Aaron was offered a job at Fred Astaire Sugar Land. He quickly began making a name for himself by winning the professional novice divisions at both Fred Astaire National and Regional Competitions. Since then, Aaron has continued competing both with his students and his professional partners all across the United States. He has won multiple titles in both American Smooth and American Rhythm.
Aaron is currently the Dance Director for Fred Astaire Sugar Land, where he is considered to be one of the top instructors in Texas. Almost a decade at Fred Astaire, Aaron is as passionate about dancing as the day he first stepped on the ballroom floor. He believes that the Fred Astaire Dance Studios has so much more to offer that just dancing, as he is grateful for all of the students he has had the privilege to work with and is proof that great dancers are not born, they are made.
Alexis Ho – Studio Manager and Certified Dance Instructor
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 has continued to help share the love of social dancing to all of those that walk through the doors of Fred Astaire Sugar Land. In 2018 a new opportunity was presented, where Alexis continues to teach students the benefits of ballroom dancing, but also leads the Fred Astaire Sugar Land team as Studio Manager.
Caroline Pendland – Certified Dance Instructor
Caroline Pendland joined Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 2000. What was meant to be a part time job for the summer turned into a career that has taken her to multiple cities and studios. This gave her the opportunity to share her love for dance and it’s many benefits with countless students and professionals. She has earned the title of Top Teacher numerous times as well as been a national and regional finalist and champion in both the American Rhythm and American Smooth divisions. She is most proud of her student’s and their accomplishments in earning Top Student awards. Caroline is a believer in the power of dancing to improve lives on a mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual level.
Jocelyn Wu – Certified Dance Instructor
Jocelyn comes from a background of ballet, modern, Chinese folk dance and, of course, ballroom. She aspires to share her passion and knowledge of dance to everyone and anyone. Having majored in American Sign Language and graduated with a Teaching and Learning degree, her experience in the classroom has translated into a natural ability to break down what she knows into understandable components, making dance relatable to anyone. Using her vast knowledge base in dance, she works hard to help her students grow and become well-rounded dancers. Aside from working with students, she also competes competitively. With a few gold and silver medals under her belt, you can bet she will share her knowledge as a competitor and dancer with you!
Jordy Frodyma – Certified Dance Instructor
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Jordy has been dancing since he was 12 years old. He has 19 years of experience in Latin and standard in the International ballroom style. After graduating in Finance Banking and Insurance, Dancing was just an out of control hobby for him next to his Job as a financial analyst. He left all of this behind in the Netherlands to follow his passion and dreams and since November 2017 he became a professional dance instructor. He is an international competitor with several International Latin Championship titles to his name, like Dutch champion, BeNeLux-champion. He is proud to be part of Fred Astaire dance studios and making his dream come true by sharing his passion with all his students and colleagues, seeing them grow in dancing and making dancing even more fun.
Yuliya Kozhushanova – Certified Dance Instuctor
Yuliya Kozhushanova started dancing at the age of 6. She was scouted at a young age to become a great dancer and through all her years of training, excelled and became a champion in her country.
A few of her titles include:
– 8x Latin and Standard Champion of Spain (National and Regional)
– Vice Champion Latin of France
– Rising Star Latin Champion of Spain
– Rising Star Latin Champion of Bulgaria
– Rising Star Latin Champion of Luxemburg
– Rising Star Latin Champion of Portugal
Through these accomplishments Yuliya was invited on to the national team of Portugal, where she represented Portugal in the World Championship.
She looks forward to working with all of you!
Kathryn Cummings – Front Office Manager
Kathryn has been dancing since she was a little girl, starting at the age of 10. She first started with West Coast Swing and then her love of dance grew to several other forms, such as ballet, jazz, and was a proud member of her high school drill team. Kathryn has always found fulfillment in acts of service, through volunteer work in many forms and sharing her passion for West Coast Swing. She plans to continue her acts of service by completing her degree and becoming an elementary school teacher. While going to school she enjoys being part of team Fred Astaire Sugar Land, helping students in any way, providing the best service that she can.