Staff

Norm Thibeault, Owner & Instructor

Karin Holovnia, Instructor

Amy Toedt, Instructor

 

Amy began dancing at a young age, studying ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and tap, and was assisting teachers by the time she was 12 years old. While attending Burncoat High School Dance and Performing Arts Program, Amy received world class dance training under Joan Sheary, Terri Gordon and Frank Hatchett. Amy was on the Dance Team in high school and was selected as Dancer of the Year 2002, an award presented to a public school student by the City of Worcester.

Her on stage experience began with various local theater productions, high school musicals, regional and national dance competitions, UMass Dance Team member, and had the privilege to be a cast member in the debut production of the Boston holiday classic, Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker. Amy continued to light up the stage as a dance crew member aboard The Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and most recently, was cast as a ballroom dancer in the 2016 movie, The Finest Hours.

Since joining the Fred Astaire staff in 2007, Amy continues to expand her dance education by participating in regional conventions and master classes. She also enjoys competing with her dance partner, Dan Pace, in the professional division at regional and national competitions throughout the year. Her students include children and adults, at both recreational and competitive levels. She is eager to share her passion and love of dance with all students, encouraging them to have fun while striving to provide creative, challenging and quality dance instruction.

Dan Pace, Instructor

 

From Worcester, MA, Dan began dancing at a late age.  Influenced by movies and music videos, he started dancing hip-hop at age 15, and his knowledge and talents grew tremendously from that point on.  Aside from hip-hop, Dan also has a great passion for Ballroom dancing.  He joined the Fred Astaire Worcester family in 2007, and has been teaching and training there ever since.  Alongside his dance partner Amy Toedt and fellow Fred Astaire professionals, he has competed and performed at numerous events.

Other accomplishments of Dan’s include winning a solo dance contest on the “Live with Regis and Kelly Show.”  He was also chosen to dance for Jordan Knight (of NKOTB) on his “Live & Unfinished” U.S. and Canadian tours, as well as the NKOTB cruise.  He has further had the opportunity to train with some of the top and most respected choreographers in the dance industry.

Dan currently teaches and incorporates his diverse knowledge and experiences of the dance industry into his classes.  He continues to train and broaden his education in his dance career.