Sarah Petrov – Studio Owner & Instructor
From a young age Sarah watched her aunt, Antoinette Benevento, grace the dance floor with Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Sarah was exposed to the world of dance at the age of seven with the FADS company. Seeing her aunt’s success in the ballroom world, she knew this was her dream.
Sarah dedicated many of her college hours to learning the art of dance through ballroom, modern, and ballet. Not long after college, she began working for Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s in Scottsdale, AZ. With a diverse dance background, she furthered her training and certification in Ballroom Dance by the FADS Company.
She has been competing and showcasing, with her dance partner Nedko Petrov for many years now. Her current titles include: Third Place Regional Mixed Novice Division, two-time Runner-Up in Closed Rhythm Division, two-time First Place winner of the Closed American Smooth Division and two-time 6th place national finalist in the International Latin Division.
Sarah is currently a dance instructor and the co-owner of the Phoenix North Fred Astaire Dance Studio with her partner, Nedko Petrov.
Nedko Petrov – Studio Owner & Instructor
Nedko Petrov’s, dance background begins at age ten. He joined a ballroom dance club in Burgas, Bulgaria. He started competing at age eleven. His accomplishments are as follows; he consistently won the national and international competitions in the junior and youth age category. He reached the highest dance level in Latin by age sixteen. Nedko consistently was in the top three couples in the Latin divisions for many years and in 1996 he became the national champion for Bulgaria. He also competed in International competitions throughout Europe. He placed multiple times in the final. He placed first in East Germany, sixth in West Berlin, first in Czech Republic, finalist in Poland, Austria, Macedonia, Hungry and many other countries. In 2001 Nedko, was invited to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studios. He continued competing and won several regional competitions. He placed eighth in Smooth at Ohio Star Ball in 2003.
Nedko has worked for the FADS Company for a total of fifteen years. He began as a dance instructor. Later, he started working as a manager and dance director.
Nedko is currently the Co-Owner of the Phoenix North Fred Astaire Dance Studio with Sarah Petrov.
Isis – Dance Instructor
My love for dance developed for me as a child. My start was in the world of ballet, tap and jazz. I, then, continued on to high school dancing contemporary, modern and hip hop. To follow this, I started as a Fred Astaire Dance Studio student in 2011 and continued on for approximately one or two years. My passion for dance must have shown itself as I was approached during my first, and only, competition about the possibility of becoming a professional dance instructor.
During my dance days, I claimed many titles, such as: Regional Mixed Novice Champion in October of 2013, 2nd Place Regional Mixed Novice in March of 2014, and Regional Novice Novice Champion in March of 2015.
While I have enjoyed my time dancing, teaching dance and sharing my love for this sport, I am now the Executive Assistant at our Fred Astaire Phoenix North Studio and truly enjoy assisting our students and professionals on a daily basis as they achieve their dance goals.