Staff

Carrie Babcock

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Carrie Babcock, co-owner with Kostadin, has been with the Fred Astaire Organization since 1997.   Carrie began dancing tap, jazz, ballet and musical theater at the age of ten, and choreographing for adult and children’s community theater at 14.   She holds a B.S. in Dance from S.U.N.Y. Brockport. Carrie’s titles include:

  • 2006 United States Grand Finalist
  • 2006 Professional World American Smooth Finalist
  • 2005 United States Open Professional Theatrical Ballroom Champion,
  • 2005 World American Smooth Finalist
  • 2004 United States Open Professional Theatrical Ballroom Champion
  • 2002 United States Open Professional Theatrical Ballroom Champion
  • 2002 United States Rising Star Professional Theatrical Ballroom Champion
  • 2002 United States Rising Star American Ballroom Champion
  • Undefeated Fred Astaire Dance Studios Undefeated American Smooth Champions 2001-2005.

 

Kostadin Bidjourov

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Kostadin Bidjourov, co-owner,  graduated from Montclair State with a B.S. in Economics.  Kostadin has been awarded top teacher in Upper Montclair and the state of NJ more times than we can count!

His titles with Carrie include:

  • 2006 United States Grand Finalist
  • 2006 Professional World American Smooth Finalist
  • 2005 United States Open Professional Theatrical Ballroom Champion,
  • 2005 World American Smooth Finalist
  • 2004 United States Open Professional Theatrical Ballroom Champion
  • 2002 United States Open Professional Theatrical Ballroom Champion
  • 2002 United States Rising Star Professional Theatrical Ballroom Champion
  • 2002 United States Rising Star American Ballroom Champion
  • Undefeated Fred Astaire Dance Studios Undefeated American Smooth Champions 2001-2005

Kostadin has also won the following pro-am titles: Blackpool Dance Festival American Smooth Champion (Marika),  Heritage Classic Scholarship and Championships, ladies a (Katie Karpf, 2006, smooth and standard) Ladies c (2006, Charlotte Carey, standard) and ladies b (2005, Marika). He also holds the United States Pro-Am Theatrical Championship title for ladies b with Deborah (Gina) Gianelli.   With Michelle Officer, Kostadin was 4th in the 2007 US Professional Smooth.  Kostadin and Erin-Marie were ranked 6th in the United States (2014).  He is also a Bulgarian National Kayaking Champion.

Kostadin is also a gifted dress designer.  You can contact him and see some of his dress designs on his facebook page.

Tim Emmott

 

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Tim Emmott started dancing back home in England at the age of 7 after a challenge from his ballroom dancing older sister, he did his first competition 6 months later and has been hooked ever since. Tim’s competitive career developed rapidly, winning numerous titles in the International Dance Teachers Association, United Kingdom Alliance of Dance and the Kindred Arts, and National Supadance League, as well as going on to represent his country at a number of highly prestigious International Competitions in his native England. Tim has also danced for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, performing with Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss orchestra, sharing the billing with stars such as Bette Midler, Lady Gaga and Micheal Buble. Tim also has a degree in Psychology from Sheffield University, and loves to watch and play sports when he is not at work (especially soccer or ‘football’). Tim loves working with children and teaches all the kids group classes here at the studio, competing and performing showcases with a large percentage of these children. Tim is also known to be a tiny bit mischievous and can often be found making jokes, living up to his self titled ‘Little ray of sunshine’ tag.

Kaitlin Narlis

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Kaitlin Narlis began dancing at the age of 3.  After studying at Somerset County’s Gifted and Talented Program in Bridgewater, NJ, Kaitlin aspired to be a professional dancer. She went on to study Dance at CW Post Campus of Long Island University for 2 years, and transferred to Montclair State University to receive her BFA in Dance. Throughout her college experience Kaitlin participated in the Mark Morris Intensive, David Parsons Intensive, LA Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive, and Amy Marshall Winter Workshop. She has also had the privileges of dancing in workshops with Alvin Ailey, Pilobolus, Momix, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, New York Baroque Dance Company, Keigwen and Co., Bad Boys of Dance, and Jennifer Muller.

Kaitlin is excited and ready to begin her new chapter in her dance life in the Ballroom Dance World! She is also our Flirty Girl Fitness, Ballet Fit, and Zumba Instructor. You can also catch her at MetLife Stadium for the 2015 Football Season as she is a Bud Light dancer and promotional model.