Studio Information

MOKENA TEAM

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Bartek
Dance Instructor

Bartek, who often goes by the nickname “Bart” joins us from Poland. His favorite kind of music is Hip-Hop and his favorite Ballroom Dance is the Rumba. He enjoys Rhythm style dance the most.

When asked what he likes most about teaching he says, “I love feeling the excitement as others master a new dance skill!” He admires people that try their best at anything because it also inspires him to be better.

What most people don’t know about Bartek is he is also a B-boy or Breakdancer and he loves to read and draw.


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Dmitry
Dance Instructor

Dmitry Turcan is originally from Moldova. His competition styles are Professional and Pro-Am. When asked what he loves most about teaching, he says, “Making people happy and seeing them progress and achieve their goals.”
When asked who he admires most, he says, “my family, because I get all of my support from them.”One thing most people do not know about Dmitry is that he likes driving sports cars. He enjoys instrumental and romantic music and his favorite dances are the Waltz and Samba.


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Heather 
Dance Instructor
Heather comes to Fred Astaire Mokena from a very active and healthy lifestyle. She grew up cheerleading and was a fierce gymnast. Prior to joining Fred Astaire Dance Studios, she was a dancer/cheerleader for multiple semi-professional and professional sports teams. Looking to expand her dancing horizons, Heather decided to become a Professional Ballroom Dance Instructor with Fred Astaire Illinois.
Heather specializes in training competitive students as well as social dancers. If you do not see her on the dance floor, she is either on the StairMaster or lifting weights.
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Meghan
Dance Instructor

Meghan grew up in the South Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Her competition styles are American Rhythm and Smooth in Pro-Am and in Professional her style is American Rhythm.  When asked what she loves most about teaching, Meghan says, “helping people achieve their dreams and goals. No matter how big or small, it is truly rewarding.”

Meghan says the person she admires most is her cousin, Kristen, who taught her to cherish every experience and live with love and passion. One thing most people do not know about Meghan is that her favorite activity next to dancing is snowboarding. She enjoys the challenge of extreme sports!

Meghan enjoys Indie Rock as well as Rhythm and Blues and her favorite dances are the Tango and the Mambo.


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Vance
Manager

Vance is originally from Chicago, Illinois. His competition styles are American Smooth and International Standard.
When asked what he loves most about teaching he says, “The stories my students tell me about how much dancing has improved their lives.”
When asked who he admires most, he says, “Ayn Rand: for escaping Totalitarianism and living the American Dream.”
One thing most people do not know about Vance is that he considers himself a big computer nerd. He enjoys Alternative music and his favorite dance is the Waltz.


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Jessica
Front Desk Executive

Jessica grew up in Allentown, New Jersey. Of all the competition styles, she enjoys watching American Rhythm. Her favorite dances are the Rumba and the Waltz.
When asked what she loves most about being a part of the administrative staff, Jessica says, “Watching new dancers grow and seeing couples bond through dance. It [dance] really does have the power to save and strengthen relationships.”
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Dorothy
Front Desk Executive

Dorothy Davy is from Chicago, Illinois. When asked who she admires the most, she says, “I admire the acumen of the three Davys.”
What most people do not know about her is that she is the mother of Fred Astaire Illinois’ Dance Director, Jack Davy.


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Kim
Training Director/Studio Owner

Kim is a Dyer, Indiana native. When asked what she loves most about teaching she says, “Introducing new clients to the exciting world of dancing!”
One thing most people do not know about Kim is that she has a pet turtle named “Marguerita.” Kim likes Country Music the most and her favorite dances are the West Coast Swing and the Tango.

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Bill
Training Director/Studio Owner

Bill hails from Chicago, Illinois. His competition styles were Pro/Am and Professional  American Smooth, Rhythm and Theatre Arts. When asked what he loves most about teaching he says, “Watching the transformation from non-dancer to dancer.”
He says he admires his wife, Kim, the most because “through all the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, she has stood by me with love, bravery and confidence, which has given me confidence to move forward.”
One thing most people do not know about Bill, is he likes playing paintball. Bill enjoys smooth Jazz music and his favorite dance is the Foxtrot.