Guest Coaches

The World’s Best Dancers and Coaches, in Our Studio!


Your Fred Astaire dance instructors are the cream of the crop. They represent some of the best talent in the country. We believe in exposing our students and our instructors to new ideas and perspectives whenever possible. For this reason Fred Astaire proudly hosts some of the most talented, renowned and award winning dancers, coaches and choreographers from all over the world. Outside coaching from one of our guest experts will offer you new insight and ideas, and can take your dancing to the next level.

Many of our coaches are reigning world dance champions and several have been featured on hit television show such as ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ All are nationally recognized in the dance industry. If you’re serious about improving your dancing, sessions with Fred Astaire guest coaches are opportunities you must take advantage of.

We encourage you to contact us right away to schedule your time for a special coaching with one or more of these top ranked coaches at the studio this month.

Tuesday, December 10th – Ilya Velednitsky

Ilya Velednitsky moved from Ukraine in 1989 and has been teaching professionally with Fred Astaire Dance Studios for 11 years total, 4 years spent at the Milwaukee location and 7 spent at the Brookfield location. He is currently the Studio Director of Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Ahwatukee Phoenix in Arizona.


  • Fred Astaire 2015 and 2016 Current Open Rhythm Champions
  • 2015 Fred Astaire Showdance Champions
  • Emerald Ball 2016 Open Rhythm Finalist
  • Super stars 2016 Open Rhythm Finalist
  • Indiana Challenge 2015 Open Rhythm Champions
  • St. Louis Star Ball 2015 and 2016 Open Rhythm Champions
  • Capital Dance Sport 2015 Open Rhythm Finalists
  • Wisconsin State 2015 Open Rhythm Finalists
  • DanceSport Montreal 2015 Open Rhythm Champions
  • Twin Cities 2015 Open Rhythm Finalists
  • 2015 World Rhythm Semi-Finalists

Wednesday, December 11th – Galina Detkina

Best know for her American Smooth style, Galina has been named Fred Astaire National Professional American Smooth Champion, USDC and Ohio Star Ball Finalist, and an American Smooth Showcase winner. Join her to brush up on those special ballroom dance movements and skills

Tuesday, December 17th – Eduard Apolonov

Eddie specializes in all areas of International Latin, Standard, American Smooth, American Rhythm, as well as choreography for Showcases, Solos and Novelties. Eddie is a Choreography Specialist on Open Routines and coaches top competitive couples in the country.


  • USA National Rising Star Champion
  • USA Open to the World Rising Star Champion
  • 1998 Top Rising Star Couple in the United States
  • Open USA National Championship Finalist
  • Ohio Star Ball Finalist
  • Emerald Ball Finalist
  • Manhattan Dance Sport Champion
  • Millennium Dance Sport Champion
  • Heritage Classic Champion
  • Empire State Champion
  • UK: Rising Star British Open to the World Championship Finalist
  • Blackpool: Rising Star British Open to the World Championship Finalist
  • World Class Adjudicator, NDCA
  • National Judge, NDSA
  • Bachelor degree of Choreography from University of Fine Arts, Russia