Staff

Irina Fedosova, Studio Owner & Head Instructor

Irina Fedosova has been dancing since age five. She was born in Russia and emigrated to New York in her early twenties. She met her partner, Strahinja Lackovic, while they were teaching at the same studio. In 2015, the pair moved down to Naples to pursue teaching positions at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Naples. Due to their success as instructors, they quickly moved up the ranks and, in May 2016, purchased the studio and have been growing it ever since. Irina is one of the top female instructors in the region.

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Strahinja Lackovic, Studio Co-Owner and Head Instructor

Strahinja Lackovic was born in Serbia and emigrated to New York in his mid twenties. He met his partner, Irina Fedosova, while they were teaching at the same studio. In 2015, they both moved down to Florida to pursue teaching positions at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Naples. Due to their success as instructors, they quickly moved up the ranks and, in May 2016, purchased the studio and have been growing it ever since. Strahinja is one of the top male instructors in the region.

Anastasiia Baikova, Dance Instructor

Anastasiia Baikova began dancing when she was 16 years old at the same studio as Andriy. Together they were finalists in the Ukrainian National and International DanceSport competition. Along with Andriy, Anastasiia worked as a featured performer and dance instructor on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, Disney cruises for 7 years. After traveling across the world, Anastasiia and Andriy decided to settle down here in Naples. She is excited for the new opportunities that she will gain while working here at Fred Astaire.

Andriy Panasenko, Dance Instructor

Andriy Panasenko moved to Naples from Ukraine in 2018. He began dancing when he was 5 years old at his parents dance studio. He was a finalist in the Ukrainian, Austrian, Italian, Slovakian, and Czech Open DanceSport competitions. Due to his success, he was named Master of Sports in Ballroom dancing. Andriy and his wife Anastasiia were invited to work with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, and Disney Cruises as choreographers, dance instructors and featured performers. He is excited for the new opportunities that he will gain while working here at Fred Astaire.