Katya, short for Kateryna Ksonz, joined the Fred Astaire Downtown as a Manager and Dance Director in 2018. Katya was born in Ukraine and started dancing when she was six years old. She started to compete at the age of ten, and won numerous Ukrainian, Moldavian and Russian National Championships.
In 2014, Katya started her career as a dance teacher in Fred Astaire Midtown Dance Studio in New York City. Soon after, Katya was quickly recognized as a top-notch dance instructor and received the prestigious Top Female Instructor of the whole New York and New Jersey region in 2015-2017. Her Students have won first places in many Fred Astaire Regional, National and World Competitions.