Christina Penatello-Hansen – Studio Owner

Being surrounded by successful dancers in the ballroom industry and by her parents who were three times undefeated open to the world American Smooth and Rhythm Champions, Christina decided to pursue ballroom dancing as a career.


With already the passion and experience in ballet, tap, and jazz the transition to ballroom dancing was an easy one.


At the young age of nineteen, Christina became the United States Professional Rising Star American Rhythm Bronze Medallion Champion. After dancing in several partnerships, she became a Top Finalist, ranking Fifth in the United States Open Professional Rhythm Championship. In 2006, Christina with her former partner Fabian Sanchez from Dancing with the Stars earned the title of World Mambo Championship.


Christina’s dream became a reality after partnering with Ken Hansen in November of 2009. Ken and Christina are presently United States American Rhythm Finalist and proud owners of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Saint Petersburg Florida