Staff

Mark Adler – District Director

Mark Adler is the owner of the Austin, River Oaks, Sugarland and Woodlands Studios, along with Stephanie.

Even though he is a business major, Mark is equivalently a phenomenal dancer. He began with the Latin styles and has been extensively training in the Smooth styles for the last ten years. Owning their own dance studio is a lifetime dream-come-true for Stephanie and Mark. Their Woodlands studio is the 7th largest Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the U.S. and the largest dance studio in the Houston-area. Both his Sugarland and Woodlands studios are in the Top 20 Studios in the United States! That being said, Mark and Stephanie are known throughout Fred Astaire for both their dancing and business management.

Mark says that owning a studio was one of his major goals, but he also aspires to own a studio that “provides the best customer service and quality of instruction.” He only continues to provide excellent customer service and share his “passion for the arts with students,” which is how he became involved in the Ballroom world in the first place.

Mark is extremely proud of the successes of his students, and he will only continue to strive to create an atmosphere where everyone can grow to reach their full potential.

Stephanie – District Director

Stephanie, certified in various types of dance including Ballroom, Swing, Hip-Hop and Belly Dancing, has also had extensive training in Ballet, Latin, Jazz and Modern dancing.

She attended the National German Dance Council as well as the German Professional Dance Teacher Association, both of which she graduated Valedictorian from on full scholarships. Stephanie has competed at numerous levels both nationally and internationally, and was frequently named champion. Currently, she is ranked 16th on the World Ranking List for dancers. With so much dance experience, Stephanie only wished to share her passion with the rest of the world. Being the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios is a great honor for Stephanie.

She says that it is more than just a dance studio. It offers an environment for learning, fun and excitement and an opportunity to share her passion for dancing with others. Stephanie explains, “One of the best parts of dancing is meeting new people and making new friends.”

Patrick – Studio Director

Patrick is the owner of the River Oaks Studio.

Patrick is a USMC veteran.  He attributes his attention to detail and dedication to his years in service to this great country.

He started his dance career in January of 2007 and has not stopped working his way to the top.  Patrick has had extensive training in all categories of Ballroom Dancing, including: Smooth, Rhythm, Country & Western, Latin, Ballroom, and Theater Arts.  After competing for several years and earning every instructor award Fred Astaire has to offer, Patrick moved into management and ownership.

Following his rise to ownership in 2015, the River Oaks Studio has consistently been rated as the Top studio in Texas and ranked in the TOP 10 Studios in the Fred Astaire World Wide Franchise.

His favorite saying is, “The first TWO Rules of Dance Club are, Do Not Stop Dancing!”

Brittany – Studio Supervisor

Brittany has been with Fred Astaire for 6 years. Texas born and raised. Brittany did not grow up dancing like most but has learned everything she knows from Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Brittany not only helps manager the River Oaks studio but also competes both pro am and professionally. She holds the title of Texas regional smooth, rhythm and country western champion. Brittany has a passion for helping others and learning about human behavioral science.

Ralph Vieberink – Advanced Dance Instructor

Ralph is an enthusiastic, creative, motivated and happy person who loves to dance; loves all that has to do with dancing and especially teaching dance. He was born in a house where his mother and father ran a dancing school and tought dancers to become big champions. Ralph became Dutch champion when he was only 12 years old!

As an amateur dancer, he won the bronze medal at the World Championships Formation in 1993 in Münich, Germany. He has also won many prizes throughout his professional dance career.

Ralph is a great entertainer and organizes big events like no other. He is known for his fresh ideas, and not only on the dancefloor. He loves people and makes them laugh with jokes and interesting stories. He is always cheerful and very dedicated!

 

Dominique – Dance Instructor

Dominique has been dancing with Fred Astaire since the age of 11. What had started off as a hobby soon grew into a great love for the art of ballroom dancing. Dominique has competed in Pro/Am and professionally throughout her dancing career. She has been awarded many titles such as two State of Texas Dancer of the Year Awards, Fred Astaire World Championship, Regional Top Youth Competitor, Open Smooth Champion, and Mixed Novice Champion along with being a strong competitor in the professional Closed Smooth division. At such a young age she has accomplished more than she imagined. She strives to work her hardest and push her students to be their best self and to spread the joy that dancing brings to everyone around her.

Valery – Dance Instructor

Valery is a lively, spirited person whose passion is in dance and teaching. She grew up dancing hip-hop, jazz, and cumbias and is excited to start a new dance journey with Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Sharing the joy of dance with others has always been her dream. She believes working for Fred Astaire Dance Studios has helped her gain the knowledge and acquire the skills to reach her goals to be a dance teacher, performer, and choreographer.

Yuliya Kozhushanova – Dance Instuctor

Yuliya Kozhushanova started dancing at the age of 6.  She was scouted at a young age to become a great dancer and through all her years of training, excelled and became a champion in her country.

A few of her titles  include:

–        8x Latin and Standard Champion of Spain (National and Regional)

–        Vice Champion Latin of France

–        Rising Star Latin Champion of Spain

–        Rising Star Latin Champion of Bulgaria

–        Rising Star Latin Champion of Luxemburg

–        Rising Star Latin Champion of Portugal

Through these accomplishments Yuliya was invited on to the national team of Portugal, where she represented Portugal in the World Championship.

She looks forward to working with all of you!

Dustin – Dance Instructor

Dustin, native to Houston, has always been an athlete! He played baseball from t-ball through high school, football he played flag as a child up through high school, and he achieved his black belt in Tae-kwon-do! He feel in love with his wife during college, she was a Fred Astaire Dance Professional, so he made it his mission to be able to get out on the floor and be able to lead her through any dance she wanted! So he joined a training class she hosted and became a Fred Astaire Dance Professional in 2010.

As a team, he was able to bring Fred Astaire Dance Studios to North Texas, the Fort Worth and Colleyville locations. Dustin has profound knowledge of our Fred Astaire Dance Curriculum and hopes to one day be on our company’s’ National Dance Board. It is clear he has great coordination, determination, perseverance, and team spirit due to his background in sports. He is patient with all types of learners and he loves to make people have fun and enjoy learning to dance. He is a true character, his daily goal is to bring a smile to the face of each person he sees. He truly takes pride in watching his students and team of professionals grow and he is thrilled to have joined Team Fred Astaire River Oaks!