Guest Coaches

The World’s Best Dancers and Coaches, in Our Studio!

You come to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Tarrytown for the best in dance instruction. We’re not shy about saying that, because we believe it and we deliver it. And we continue to work hard to give you more and better opportunities to expand your dance horizons.

So we encourage you to get in touch with us right away and book your time for special coaching and group lessons at the studio this month!

Stay tuned for dates and times!

Tuesday, November 5th – ILYA IFRAIMOV

Ilya coaches and choreographs in all levels and styles. A World Class Adjudicator and Choreographer, he’s been a member of NDC since 2005 and has collaborated in the creation of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios International Latin Syllabus. Ilya has also appeared on American Ballroom Challenge and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.


  • US PRO Latin Finalist
  • World Cup Runner-Up
  • World Masters Champion
  • Blackpool, International and UK Rising Star Finalist
  • 6-Time Fred Astaire National Champion
  • North American Show Dance Champion


  • American Smooth
  • American Rhythm
  • International Latin
  • Theater Arts
  • Choreography

Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 13 – EDDIE APOLONOV

Eddie specializes in all areas of International Latin, Standard, American Smooth, American Rhythm, as well as choreography for Showcases, Solos and Novelties. Eddie is a Choreography Specialist on Open Routines and coaches top competitive couples in the country.


  • USA National Rising Star Champion
  • USA Open to the World Rising Star Champion
  • 1998 Top Rising Star Couple in the United States
  • Open USA National Championship Finalist
  • Ohio Star Ball Finalist
  • Emerald Ball Finalist
  • Manhattan Dance Sport Champion
  • Millennium Dance Sport Champion
  • Heritage Classic Champion
  • Empire State Champion
  • UK: Rising Star British Open to the World Championship Finalist
  • Blackpool: Rising Star British Open to the World Championship Finalist
  • World Class Adjudicator, NDCA
  • National Judge, NDSA
  • Bachelor degree of Choreography from University of Fine Arts, Russia

Tuesday, November 19 – SERGEI SHAPOVAL

Sergei Shapoval began dancing at the age of 8 in the Ukraine and represented his country at the 1993 International Festival of Culture in France, where Ukraine took first place. Sergei has appeared on Ukrainian regional & national TV, & formerly competed as an amateur dancer in International Latin and Standard in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland& Russia. In 2001 Sergei was invited to teach in the US & that same year he received a full Scholarship as one of the original members of Olympic Hopefuls Dance Program.

With 27 years of dance experience — 20 of those as a dance teacher as well as a competitor — Sergei believes that learning to dance provides valuable benefits in many areas of life!

Sergei’s Titles include:
2014 World Open Professional American Rhythm Finalist
2013 World Professional Rising Stars American Smooth Champion
2013 U.S National Professional Rising Stars American Smooth Champion
2013 U.S. National Show dance finalist
2012, 2013, 2014 Runner-up 9-Dance National Professional American Style Division
2012, 2013, 2014 Runner-up National Rising Stars Professional American Rhythm
2012, 2013, 2014 National Rising Stars Professional American Smooth & American Rhythm Finalist