Joel Callahan – Owner/Instructor: Joel began his dancing career as an instructor at a local San Diego dance studio. Within his 10 years of experience as a ballroom instructor, Joel competed around the world, reigned as top teacher in his region, and was promoted to General Manager. Joel’s talent for dancing, joy of teaching, and professionalism in management, cleared a path to ownership. In 2013 Joel and his wife, Kimberly, opened the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Rancho Bernardo.
Kimberly Callahan – Owner/Instructor: Kimberly grew up dancing in the styles of tap, jazz and ballet for 13 years. Eager to try a new challenge, she decided to try ballroom dancing while achieving a double degree at San Diego State University. Upon her college graduation in 2008, she knew she wanted to make dancing her future career. Kimberly began working for Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, where she met her husband and competitive partner, Joel. In addition to running the studio and raising their two children, Joel and Kimberly also compete in American Smooth.
Andre Baltierra – Dance Instructor: Andre began dancing while pursuing a degree in music shortly after moving to San Diego. After several years he realized his passion would always be dancing and decided to study dance academically as well as professionally. Andre is highly certified in the Fred Astaire Trophy System and competes with students and professional partner, Danae, in American Smooth and American Rhythm.
Danae Gill – Dance Instructor: Danae enrolled in her first dance class at age three, and has been dancing ever since. For fifteen years, she studied tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. In 2006, she moved to San Diego to pursue a degree in Communications from SDSU. After graduation, she began a new challenge as a student at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, where she quickly began training to become an instructor. Now, Danae enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all levels, whether they are preparing for a wedding, training to compete, or simply coming in to enjoy the fun of social dance! Danae competes with students and professional partner Andre in both American Rhythm and American Smooth.
Tara Shoemaker – Social Media Marketing Coordinator: Tara manages the marketing and social media presence of Fred Astaire Rancho Bernardo. She holds a Communications degree from UC Santa Barbara, and spent 2 years in the Marketing Department at La Jolla Playhouse. When she’s not engrossed in the Fred Astaire dance world, she is performing with regional theaters throughout San Diego and Los Angeles.