Staff

Thomas Korpitz – Owner

Tom Korpitz is originally from Chicago, IL.  He began his dancing career in Austin, TX and was the Texas State Novice Champion in 1979.  After teaching for 4 years he began managing the Austin studio in 1982.  He moved to Memphis in 1988 and opened his own Fred Astaire Dance Studio.  Mr. Korpitz operates the studio’s daily affairs.  With the assistance of his highly qualified staff, his Memphis Studio is consistently one of the top Fred Astaire Studios in the United States.  Mr. Korpitz philosophy- “We ask our students what they want and we give it to them.  Make it fun and easy, set goals and achieve them!”  Mr. Korpitz loves his work and proudly advertises his studio as the “happiest, friendliest spot in town!”

Sandra Korpitz – Instructor

Sandra Korpitz hails from Memphis, Tennessee and has been a dancer since she was a child starting out with ballet, tap and jazz.  She has been a ballroom dance instructor for Fred Astaire Dance Studios for over 5 years and is certified in all ballroom dance styles.  When competing, Sandra has focused more on rhythm and is a Regional Smooth & Rhythm Champion as well as a National Runner-Up.  Sandra has won Top Female Guest Getter multiple times in her region, which highlights how her enthusiasm and passion rubs off on her students.  She has trained under Dancing with the Stars’ Tony Dovolani and Fabian Sanchez as well as National 9-Dance Champion, Sergei Shapoval.  Sandra explains why she became a ballroom dancer by saying, “I always knew I wasn’t the type that could sit at a desk all day.  When I was a student, it dawned on me that people get paid to dance all day…I knew this was the job for me!”

Mike McKerlie – Instructor

Mike McKerlie hails from Aberdeen, North Carolina and was invited to come work at the Memphis Fred Astaire Dance Studio by owner, Tom Korpitz.  Mike is a certified ballroom dance instructor with almost 6 years of experience.  He has been a Regional Finalist for Smooth and Rhythm, National Semi-Finalist for Smooth and Rhythm in the West Coast Dance Championships and won multiple Freddy Awards through the FADS organization.  Mike has trained under Dancing with the Stars’ Emmy-Award Winning, Mark Ballas, and Dancing with the Stars’ and Mambo World Champion, Fabian Sanchez, and Tony Dovolani who trained Jennifer Lopez for the hit movie Shall We Dance?