Staff

Thomas and Izabella Lewandowski – Owners

Owners – Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Redondo Beach and Los Angeles Fred Astaire Dance Studios Franchisees

Thomas and Izabella were both born and raised in Poland. Thomas started to dance at the age of 6 and Izabella a bit later at the age of 8. They both started their dance career by dancing both Styles: International Latin and Standard. They have achieved many titles in their early age, both with several different partners.

Thomas and Izabella started dancing together 18 years ago, and have decided to continue their training only and competitive career in International Latin Style. In 2000 they moved to the U.S. and began their professional career together. Thomas and Izabella have traveled the world competing, performing shows and teaching. In 2011, while living in Los Angeles, they have decided to retire from competitive dancing, and have now focused their passionate love for dancing on their studio, teaching others, performing and judging competitions.

US National Professional Latin Finalists, US National Professional Latin Showdance Champions, World Professional Latin Showdance Finalists, and winners of countless United States Championships.

Monica Najera Allen – Studio Manager

Monica Najera Allen’s Bio coming soon.

Ixsel Andrade – Office Manager

Ixsel’s Bio coming soon.

Tykhon Zhyvkov – Instructor

Tykhon began his dancing career in 1997 in “Juvenile Sport Dance Club Kaleidoscope.” From the first few classes he was drawing attention as a talented, creative and extraordinary performer.

Due to hard work and a strong desire to be better, Tykhon has been gradually gaining victories in the dance sport.

Although Tykhon’s dancing career is not that long he has already achieved outstanding results. He repeatedly became winner and finalist of the international and all-Ukrainian competitions held by various dancing organizations which represents Ukraine on an international level. He is also a US finalist, Silver World Fred Astaire champion as a professional competitor.

Tykhon not only took part in competition sport dance but also in numerous TV projects such as “Dancing for You” (1st and 2nd seasons) on 1+1 channel, “Everything for You” on Inter channel, “Intuition” on New (Novyi) channel, “So You Think You Can Dance” (4th season) on STB.

Tykhon proved to not only be a prominent dancer, he also successfully combined his dancing career with a teaching job. He grew up and coached dancing couples in Sport Dance Club “Dance Formula”, Kyiv. He was also giving master classes and individual lessons to the dancing couples and dancing teams of Ukraine. He is a World and US champion in Pro-Am Latin and finalist in smooth styles.

He is currently a United States Rising Star, Professional International Latin Finalist.

Yana Zyhvkov

Yana Zyhvkov’s Bio coming soon.

Francesco Bertini

Francesco’s Bio coming soon.

Sabrina Bertini

Sabrina’s Bio coming soon

Aaron Pierce – Instructor

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Aaron Pierce, originally from New Jersey, is the newest member to the Fred Astaire Redondo Team since he joined in 2018. Aaron is a Professional Rhythm dancer. He was the United States National Amateur Rhythm Champion in 2014 and 2015. He has been featured in dance festivals across the world including China, Panama, and Malaysia. Along with dance, Aaron received his Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Utah Valley University and he is currently working towards his Master’s degree in Museum Studies through the University of Harvard.