Enmanuel Herrera – Owner & Instructor
Mr. Herrera left Cuba at the age of 11, where he developed his passion for dancing through cultural upbringings in his hometown. Upon graduating Leto High School (in the Tampa Bay area) he began college with a focus on Accounting. It wasn’t until Mr. Herrera attended a Fred Astaire event, “Freddy Ball”, that he realized his true passion was with dance. Mr. Herrera started out working for Fred Astaire’s St. Pete North almost 3 years ago before it was relocated. Enmanuel is now the proud owner of Fred Astaire St. Pete North.
With a background in rhythm, as well as other ballroom dances, Enmanuel has won various competitions in the Tampa Bay Area, including 1st Place in Buccaneer Ball of 2015. Mr. Herrera has also been awarded for Top Instructor in 2015 in the Tampa Bay Region. You can find him on the dance floor and helping his staff better in every way.
Ciarra Bremer – Professional Dance Instructor
Ciarra Bremer started her dancing career at age 15 with ballet and very soon developed an interest for other types of dance. Throughout high school, Ciarra danced contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop. She also taught hip-hop and performed in Winterguard all 4 years of high school. As she grew older, and specifically after attending our Freddy Ball Event, Ciarra developed her passion for Ballroom dancing.
Given the chance to work at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, she was very involved in her training and quickly passed her certification exam to begin teaching. From her words “I finally get to do what I love for work; teach others how to dance”. She is training every day to be the best dancer and instructor she can be and soon thinking about competing in our regional events. She looks forward to a career at Fred Astaire and cannot wait to see what the future holds!
Carlos Mateu – Professional Dance Instructor
Carlos Mateu was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where he began dancing Afro Cuban and Salsa on the streets of his hometown at the age of 11. After mistakenly walking in on a dance competition in a hotel, he knew he wanted a career in dance and after that, he never looked back. Carlos began teaching ballroom dancing in 2011 and later relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 2014.
Mr. Mateu has acquired 15 years of experience and multiple awards, including 1st place Regional Smooth and Rhythm Champion and Top Instructor within his studio. He is a very passionate and energetic teacher who is passionate about helping students reach their goals and dreams, whether it be in fitness or dancing.
“Fred Astaire Dance Studios has given a sense of accomplishment to my career”, says Carlos, who loves to share his experiences with his students every day. We are so proud to have him at our studio!
Savera Moore – Professional Dance Instructor
Savera was born in Naples, FL where she attended and graduated from Gulfcoast High School. She is currently attending USF in St. Pete where she is studying Architecture. Savera has a background in cheerleading and gymnastics. We are excited to welcome her to our team!
Lynn Kawamoto – Regional Dance Director
Lynn Kawamoto is part of the prestigious Fred Astaire Dance Studios National Dance Board team that actively coaches our Students & Instructors, oversees Dance Instructor training and certification, judges (Professional, Amateur, Pro/Am) at Regional and National Fred Astaire Dance Studio Dance Competition events, and continuously reviews our proprietary dance curriculum to ensure only the finest, most up-to-date programs for our Students. Lynn believes that balance is important in the dance business. Being well-versed in dancing as well business will ensure success for anyone. With her experience, she is able to coach & train on almost anything, from dancing & teaching, to program presentations. Lynn enjoys traveling coaching, choreographing, adjudicating, and just helping people to achieve their goals. She has many achievements including:
- 3-Time undefeated Fred Astaire Southeastern Rhythm Champion
- 2003 Florida State Rhythm Champion
- United States R.S. Rhythm Finalist
- Fred Astaire National Rhythm Finalist