Staff

Travis Manero: Co-Owner

Travis Manero has excelled in all areas of the Ballroom Dance Industry throughout his career- receiving numerous Top Teacher Awards as a teacher and choreographer. A twelve-time, undefeated Fred Astaire Ohio Regional American Rhythm Champion and a Fred Astaire National Finalist in the American Rhythm Division, Travis has trained top competitors and studio owners at a Regional and National level.  An accomplished performer, Travis has traveled around the world as a feature ballroom dancer for the Jean Ann Ryan Production Company and the Peter Grey Turhune Production Company, aboard Silver Sea and Regent Seven Seas cruise lines. Travis is a certified Yoga Instructor and continuously pursues advanced training in Ballroom Dancing- recently earning his Gold Level Certification with Honors.

Dustin Jones: Co-Owner

Dustin Jones has brought his thoughtful and intense style of dance instruction to both novice and advanced students, since the mid-90s. Dustin has been the co-owner and manager of the Youngstown Fred Astaire Dance Studio since 2002 and is one of the youngest Fred Astaire Franchise owners. Having danced since the tender age of five, he is, himself, the consummate student and is forever polishing his craft. As a nationally certified ballroom instructor and winner of numerous awards, he is a valued member of the Fred Astaire dance team.

Sheri Forrester: Co-Owner

Sheri has been involved with dance from a young age- studying tap, jazz and ballet. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from YSU with a BA in Accounting, Sheri is a CPA and the mother of two beautiful daughters. A certified Yoga Instructor and accomplished dancer, she has greatly excelled in ballroom as an amateur competitor. Sheri is an integral part of the Fred Astaire Family and enjoys sharing the Fred Astaire experience with everyone she meets.

Kyrylo Myshakov- Instructor

Kyrylo started dancing in his hometown, Sieverodonetsk, Ukraine, in 1997.

Mr. Myshakov has achieved and sustained national acclaim in Ukraine. He has represented Ukraine at major international events in Poland, Moldova, and Russia. Kyrylo is a certified instructor in American and International style dance. He has received several awards for his excellence in Ballroom Dance.

Emily Forrester- Receptionist

Emily is the receptionist at Fred Astaire Warren. In addition to working the front desk, she also enjoys ballroom dancing. Most recently, Emily won 1st place in the Mixed Novice category with Travis Manero, at both the regional and national events. She has also competitively danced in tap and jazz for nine years. Fred Astaire has helped Emily see her potential to dance in many different styles. She is so grateful for the staff and students, who have helped her grow as a dancer, as well as a person.

Oksana Sidak- Instructor

Originally from Ukraine, she started dancing at a very early age. Oksana holds a Masters degree in Dance. Dancing with the formation team “Grace”, Oksana Sidak was the winner many times at the Open Ukrainian Cup.

Oksana has been representing the Ukrainian formation team in Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Lithuania, France, and Poland. She is an enthusiastic, easy-going, and dynamic dance teacher.