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.

Thursday, October 3rd – Ricky Bentzen

Ricky Bentzen is originally from Denmark, and represented his home country throughout his Amateur career. He was undefined Danish Latin Champion and 2-Time World Latin Semi-Finalist. In 2008 he moved to the United States, where he became part of Fred Astaire Dance Studios and began his Professional career as an American Rhythm Competitor with Albina A. Habrle.


  • Danish Latin Champion
  • 2-Time Youth Latin World Semi-Finalist
  • 11-Time undefeated Fred Astaire Professional Open Rhythm Champion
  • World Professional Open Rhythm Vice Champion
  • 4-Time World Professional Rhythm Finalist
  • 3-Time US Professional Open Rhythm Finalist & more!
  • 11-Time Fred Astaire National Open Professional Rhythm Champion
  • 3-Time US National Open Professional Rhythm Finalist
  • 4-Time World Open Professional Rhythm Finalist

Monday, October 7th & Wednesday, October 9th – Ginette Cournoyer

Ginette Cournoyer is a highly accomplished competitor in the International Latin division, and has also been an adjudicator at the most prestigious competition in the world, Blackpool Dance Festival. Ginette resides in Montreal, Canada, and has the most delightful French Canadian accent. She is highly skilled inall forms of ballroom dance.


  •  Former Professional Canadian Champion in Standard and 10 Dance reaching 9th in the World
  • Former Professional North American Champion in 10 Dance
  • Former Professional World Latin Semi Finalist
  • Former Amateur Canadian Champion in Standard and 10 Dance reaching 7th in the World
  • Former Amateur North American Champion in Standard and 10 Dance
  • 4that the Professional World Cup in Germany
  • 5th at the Professional World Cup in Japan
  • Choreographer and Coach for Canadian Champions and Olympians Marie-FranceDubreuil and Patrice Lauzon (Ice Dancing)
  • Choreographer and Coach for Tessa Virtue and ScottMoir, Olympians Gold and Silver Medalist
  • Choreographer for Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, 3 times World Champions and Olympians Silver Medalist

Wednesday, October 23rd – Stephen Knight

Stephen is one of the busiest men in the industry. As a Regional Franchise Director for the Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Wisconsin Region, an NDCA Adjudicator, a Coach, Choreographer, and the Co-National Dance Director for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, his dance card is almost always full. Stephen and his dance partner, Rae Josephs, were 3-Time United States American Rhythm Finalists, and 6-Time undefeated Fred Astaire American Rhythm Champions. Stephen is also responsible for creating a large portion of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Silver Syllabus. He is well-known for his choreography for Open Routines, Solos, Showcases, and Novelties.


  • 6-Time Fred Astaire Open American Rhythm Champion
  • 3-Time USDSC Open American Rhythm Finalist
  • USDSC Theatrical Finalist
  • USDSC Rising Star Theatrical Champion