Sasha Barakov – Studio Owner/ Professional Instructor
Sasha brings his positivity, high energy, and more than 15 years of ballroom dance experience to our strong Fred Astaire Team. Moreover, his degree in Public Relations from Chelyabinsk State University makes him an even more versatile person. Sasha has a passion for learning and loves to help others to succeed whether they are his students or his team members. It is important to Sasha that every student has a fabulous experience from the moment they walk in the door; whether they are learning their first basic steps, or preparing for the next national competition!
Samantha Jeanne – Studio Manager/ Professional Instructor
Born to be in the Spotlight, Samantha fell in love with performing at a very early age. She began taking dance and gymnastics at the age of 5, sparking her very competitive nature. Samantha has been part of champion dance and cheerleading teams, as well as won an award as a choreographer. Ever the performer, Samantha has also been heavily involved in community and professional theatre, in her home state of Delaware, both on stage and behind the scenes, choreographing in such shows as Hairspray, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, A Chorus Line and many more. Originally trained in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap, Samantha made the switch into Latin and Ballroom in 2013. She has since shined both professionally and as an instructor.
Andre Gosselin – Professional Instructor/In-Studio Coach