Raeleen St. Pierre, Owner & Professional Instructor
Raeleen began ballroom dancing at the age of 5 with square dancing and round dancing (country western ballroom) with her family. She ontinued dancing through high school adding baton, gymnastics, and theatre arts into the mix. As an adult Raeleen studied tap, ballet, jazz, yoga, and tai chi; always pursuing the world of health and fitness, even opening her own fitness coaching business.
Through her adult years, Raeleen continued her education, attaining degrees in Child Development, English, Psychology and Business Development as well as certifications in group fitness including Zumba, CPR, First Aid and personal training. Dancing, however, remained her passion and she honed her skills even while raising a family, incorporating it into her work with children and at risk populations. In March 2007, when she joined a newly opened Fred Astaire Dance Studio, she could not believe her luck. In April 2012 she accepted a position in Old Saybrook; In June 2014 she accepted the General Manager position at Fred Astaire Ridgefield where she managed a staff of 6 while teaching couples, singles, and children.
In July of 2015 Raeleen was tapped on on the shoulder to take over the Old Saybrook studio. She is absolutely over the moon delighted to be combining her love of physical fitness and psychological health with her passion for dance: “Owning my own place, teaching what I love, and sharing my passion, what an amazing feeling!”.
Thommy Huber, Professional Instructor
Thommy was brought up in a dancing family. In 1927, his grandparents started the first dance studio in his home town of Kempten, in the south of Germany. He has been self-employed in his “dream job” as a dance instructor for over 30 years and worked for 18 years as a full time employee in the family business. As a result, he has acquired the extensive experience of both his parents and grandparents. He has taught more than 10.000 students how to dance in the international style, as well as tap dancing and has also created countless dance shows and formations. In 2004, he took over the management of the dance studio and had the opportunity to restructure courses and develop new ideas. Many dancers have followed his lead for nearly three decades as he developed as an instructor and embraced new dancing styles. In 2012 the management of the dance school was transitioned gradually to his daughter, allowing him to retire from the every day management and activities to create the space for him to take on new experiences in his career and his life. He’s fascinated with the American Style and is impressed with the unique way of learning how to dance at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio. He feels it is a wonderful experience for himself and any student. He looks forward to welcoming you in the studio.