Alicia Gruttadauria- Owner
Alica is the co-owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio and creative director of studio events. With her direction, FADS Rochester hosts showcases, social dances, fundraisers and donation drives. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of the vision Alicia has for Fred Astaire. As World Champion in Professional International Standard-2013 and Fred Astaire US National Champion, Professional International Standard as well as an Ohio Star Ball Finalist, Alicia is hands-on in the training of all studio staff. She also works with students to check their progress.
Vladimir Triaszin- Owner
Vladimir has worked within the Fred Astaire franchise since the early 90’s. A passionate instructor he manages students eager to compete. Many of his students have worked with him for over ten years. Vladimir holds titles as the Fred Astaire World Champion, Professional International Standard. Fred Astaire US National Champion, Professional International Standard- 2012 United States National Professional Theater Arts, Finalist. -1995 Russian Professional Latin-America Show Dance, Finalist- 1992 Russian Professional Latin American, semi-finalist.- 1990-1991 European Cup Amateur Latin, 5th place – 1989. He also oversees the training and development of the FADS Rochester staff.
Mark Rausch-Studio Instructor
Mark is an accomplished FADS Dance professional with over 8 years of Ballroom Dance Experience. Finding his passion for Ballroom Dance at the age of 18, he has competed professionally, earning accolades as the Metropolitan Dancesport Professional Novice Champion (2013) as well as Metro Dancesport Mixed Novice champion (2014). He currently competes with his partner Lauren Davis as well as his students.
Lauren Davis- Studio Instructor
Lauren has been dancing since the age of 5 when she began training in classical ballet. She worked through her training in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) levels and performed in numerous fully staged ballets with the Mohawk Valley Ballet as a company member. Lauren attended the University of Rochester, where she danced with the Ballet Performance Group and continued her love of performance and exploration of multiple dance styles. She began teaching at FADS Rochester in 2015. She feels lucky to have a career in the dance world and finds it incredibly rewarding to be able to help her students discover their dance potential and surpass their expectations.
Katherine Norris- Studio Instructor
Katie is the newest member of the FADS Rochester team. She comes to us with extensive training from SUNY Buffalo State. Educated in a variety of dance styles she has added Tap and modern dance to the list of dances FADS Rochester offers. She won the Mixed Novice Division at the 2017 Metropolitan Dancesport Championship in New Jersey.
Vanessa C.- Studio Manager
Vanessa is the first person to answer the phone when you call Fred Astaire Rochester. From scheduling to event management she helps keep us running. Vanessa is a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is also a freelance writer.