Fred Astaire Dance Studios takes pride in the quality of training and professionalism of their Instructors. They go through detailed and rigorous dance sessions in order to pass certification exams every six months. This allows them to provide the best instruction to anyone and everyone that walks in the studio.
Lisa Scaffidi – Owner
The Pewaukee dance studio is owned by Ms. Lisa Scaffidi. Ms. Lisa is a light hearted and energetic, family oriented individual who is inspired by the arts. Ms. Lisa started dancing at the age of eighteen for an independent dance studio. She realized she would be in dance for the rest of her life the day she watched her first Ohio Star Ball Championship.
Her career with Fred Astaire Dance Studios began in 1991. She taught for six years and coached for another nine years. During this time, she befriended and became dancing partners with John Gates. John, one of the Area Franchisors, and Lisa were the undefeated American Smooth Ballroom National Dancing Champions for Fred Astaire six years in a row. Another milestone for Ms. Lisa was coaching a student who became a National Amateur finalist in both the Rhythm and Theater Arts Divisions.
Besides the love of dance, her days are joyfully filled with her two daughters, who became competitive dancers as well and following her mom’s footsteps.
Timeka Shilka – Instructor
Originally from Stevens Point, Ms. Timeka started with Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 2010. She loves teaching at our Studio, because every day is different! She always meets new people and helps them accomplish a variety of goals and learn new things every day. Most rewarding to her is, knowing that she helped make a difference in the lives of her students.
Her advice/motto: Great teamwork is key, and the rest is practice and patience. Fred Astaire didn’t become who he was in a few hours.
Aaron Ordaz – Instructor
Joining us from Ohio in 2014, Mr. Aaron not only is an instructor but he thrives to help people to learn and reach their goals and dreams through dance. He loves the feeling of a family and team at the studio. He is inspired by the students who feel the joy in dancing like he does. Most rewarding for him working at Fred Astaire is the support he receives in his growth for his future carrier.
His advice/motto: If you are going to do it, dive in! You will only enjoy, if you give it 100%
Zachary – Instructor
Originally from New Mexico, Mr. Zachary started instructing at our Studio in 2015. He loves being able to change one’s life through dance, even if it is only one lesson he believes that it can cause a ripple effect on life. He is inspired by the growth students go through from their first lesson and where they are now. Most rewarding to him is seeing distracted and busy clients leave the studio happy and fulfilled with energy and positive attitude.
His advice/motto: No matter what, remember that the biggest hurdle is walking through the door! Once you past through relax and enjoy the process of dancing.
Ariel – Instructor
Moving from New Mexico and joining our Studio in July, Ms. Ariel loves giving people of all ages the opportunity to express themselves in a new way physically and emotionally possible. She is inspired by her students, who start to understand and embody the essence of each dance. She is proud and honored when her students show the confidence to dance with each other in a social setting. Seeing students reach their goals in a fulfilling manner and giving students something new and taking them away from their daily routine is most rewarding to her.
Her advice/motto: It’s the journey that matters, as no one truly knows what the destination will be.
Catey Rice – Junior Program Coordinator
From Milwaukee, Ms. Catey is our Junior program coordinator at the studio. She started with the company in 2006 after retiring her amateur carrier to become a professional dancer and dance instructor. She likes being a part of an organization that can change peoples’ lives on so many different levels, all while doing something she loves. She enjoys inspiring students of all ages with the love of dance and creating new passions/paths in their lives because of dance. Most rewarding to her is being able to work with students from all walks of life and getting to dance every day!
Kristal Burkholz – Office Manager
Ms. Kristal is our Office Manager. She loves working for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, she thinks this is the greatest place to work. “Every day I get to see people from beginners to competitor level, come in to dance and they always have a smile on their faces. I watch them get excited to get on the dance floor, whether it’s to polish up a routine for an upcoming wedding, dance with their spouse for some together time or they need to De-stress from the day or they are looking for some exercise, they are always having fun.”
You will also see her sometimes on the floor dancing with her husband taking lessons as well or at our regional competitions at the registration desk
Yvette – Scheduling Coordinator and Marketing Executive
Originally from Waukesha, Ms. Yvette is our Scheduling coordinator and marketing executive. You will hear her voice on the phones when you request information about our lessons here at the studio. She started with Fred Astaire in 2007. She loves working here, because she can meet and interact with people. Most inspiring to her is when people walk through the door with no previous dance experience and falling in love with dancing. Most rewarding to her is seeing students accomplish their goals be it social dancing for date night, weight loss, exercise or any kind of benefit.
Advice/Motto: “If you can walk you can dance”