Dymytrii Goncharov – Professional Instructor
Dymytrii comes to us from Ukraine where he, along with wife and dance partner Tetiana Lutsenko, ran several dance schools. Dymytrii studied sports and physical education. He is a champion dancer, having competed and won at Champion of Europe in the Latin American program, Fred Astaire 10 Dance, finalist at USDC, and participated in Blackpool, Paris, Long, and US competitions.
Dymytrii is known in the studio for his fun and energetic dance instruction!
Tetiana Lutsenko – Professional Instructor
Tetiana comes to us from Ukraine where she, along with husband and dance partner Dymytrii Goncharov, ran several dance schools. Tetiana studied sports and physical education. She is a champion dancer, having competed and won at Champion of Europe in the Latin American program, Fred Astaire 10 Dance, finalist at USDC, and participated in Blackpool, Paris, Long, and US competitions.
Tetiana is known in the studio for her bubbly and energetic personality!
Vladimir Vitenko – Professional Instructor
Vladimir is by far one of our most experienced teachers. He began dancing in Ukraine at the age of 6 years old. Since the beginning he excelled and was quickly winning various dance titles all over Europe. He represented Ukraine in countless competitions, becoming a 4-time National 10-Dance Championship, and a 4-time Standard National Championship. Vladimir was in the top 50 at Blackpool International, which is an outstanding result for a competition of that caliber.
He has a Master’s degree in Dancesport and has also been an internationally certified adjudicator. He (and his wife Olga) recently moved to the United States, and joined team Madison West, and just recently welcomed their first daughter! Vladimir is a welcome addition to our team of instructors, offering his expertise to students and fellow teachers alike! We are thankful to be able to offer our students an opportunity to learn from a teacher with this incredible amount of experience!
Veronika Shapar – Professional Instructor
Veronika has been dancing forever! From the age of five she has participated in musical and dance classes of many different styles. At age 12, she began concentrating mainly on Dancesport. She represented the Ukranian team at competitions at both regional and national levels. At age 17 she started studying at the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine, eventually earning a bachelor of Dancesport & Physical Education. From 2012 – 2016 she taught and coached at Sputnik Dance Club in Ukraine before joining us at Fred Astaire Madison West in 2017!
Veronika has been an artistic person from a young age with a good foundation in music which gives her a well-rounded knowledge of dance. She is always seeking to learn more and believes it’s never too late to learn something new. She believes dancing is the best way to show your true self and show yourself you can do anything you put your mind to, nothing is impossible. She encourages you to follow your dream and hopes you’ll take the leap and join her in the studio for a lesson!
Daniel Hager – Professional Instructor
Daniel comes to us from the Milwaukee Fred Astaire Dance Studio! We are excited to have him here at Madison West!
Jake Wuchterl – Professional Instructor
Jake comes to us from UW-Whitewater and has a background in modern dance and theatre. Welcome aboard, Jake!
Melody Tanz – Office Manager
Melody comes to us from a variety of backgrounds that include an upbringing in a household of music and dance and a family business in the hospitality industry. Her parents wrote and performed music as well as taught ballroom dance for extra income, giving Melody and her five siblings the gift of dancing.
While growing up, her family ran a small town tavern/restaurant/dance hall in Northern Wisconsin. This led her to working for the trade association for the Wisconsin hospitalitiy industry for over a decade after she graduated from high school. After marrying her husband Steve and having two children, her life took a path in another direction working from home raising her two children and running an in-home daycare until both of her children started school. She then found herself interested in the dental field and utilized her business background in dental office management for 16 years.
After surviving cancer twice, she decided it was time to ‘face the music’ and realized that she needed to work in a stress-free environment that not only brought her ‘back to her roots’ but also brought her joy on a daily basis. She loves that her job allows her to listen to dance music all day long while looking out on the dance floor and seeing people of all ages smiling, happy and active.
Melody’s hobbies are camping, gardening, training her beautiful German Shepherd, Helix, singing in her daughter’s band, and of course….dancing! You will find her on the dance floor at any opportunity.
Sarah Natra – Front Desk Manager
Sarah comes to us from Portland, Oregon where she worked at an independent ballroom dance studio. She is an ink and paint artist in her spare time, focusing on geometric and abstract art forms, she also loves to dabble in all things creative. She is excited to join the Fred Astaire Dance Studio team! Sarah danced all through out high school and looks forward to getting additional ballroom dance experience soon!
Peter & Linda Goethche – Owners
Peter Started to dance at a very early age in his home country of Denmark, and has competed all over the world. Peter was trained by some of the world’s most well-respected ballroom & Latin coaches, winning the American Latin Championship in 1996. He graduated from business school with a Master’s Degree in Ballroom Dance from the world-renowned ADTV Program in Germany. Peter also has been awarded High Honors by the Dance Vision International Dance Association, and is DVIDA certified in all areas of both the American and International styles. Peter is also a DVIDA certified judge, one of the few judges living in Wisconsin with this prestigious certification.
Linda began her career as a gymnast and dancer in her native Czech Republic. She quickly discovered that dancing allowed her to more deeply fulfill her creative nature, and she represented her homeland in many European competitions. Linda also received her Master’s Degree from the ADTV Program in Germany, where she focused on dance technique, costume design, and construction of choreography.
Peter and Linda met in Germany where they lived, taught, and competed before moving to Milwaukee to join the Fred Astaire Team. Three years later, they realized their dream of owning their own studio, opening Madison’s first Fred Astaire Studio in 2008, followed by a second location in 2013 on Madison’s east side. Having their hands full with 2 studios and 2 young sons, they sold their east side location in March 2016 to then-manager, Joseph Kramer to carry on its success! Peter & Linda continue to focus on spreading the joy of dance with Madison’s west side community and beyond!