Anna Marie comes to the Fred Astaire South Barrington team with an immense amount of knowledge of the Fine Arts and Theater Arts as a trained classical and theater dancer. She toured the world with a choral opera group as a Mezzo Soprano. With a Bachelors of Arts degree in music performance as well as a degree in marketing she comes well versed. Anna Marie was a student of ballroom dancing prior to becoming a professional dance instructor. She competes on the Regional Fred Astaire Circuit with her students as well as professionally. Anna Marie works with a wide array of students including social dancers and competitors and enjoys passing on her “multi-faceted” knowledge.
Heather comes to Fred Astaire South Barrington 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. She competes professionally with her partner, Roberto on the Fred Astaire circuit. She 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.
Lauren comes to Fred Astaire South Barrington as an avid lover of the Fine Arts. Throughout her life, she has sung with numerous choirs and has stunned people with her Soprano vocal range. Lauren has been honored to perform solos through out her musical journey. She is an active theater enthusiast and has starred in numerous productions, the most recent being “Romeo and Juliet”. A recent performance in the “Nutcracker”, inspired Lauren to pursue a career as a professional dancer! Lauren leads a very active healthy lifestyle, which started at an early age. She is a competitive soccer player who loves Pilates and Yoga. When Lauren is not working out, she can be found in the kitchen experimenting with healthy recipes.
I am very excited to join the South Barrington Fred Astaire team. I am looking forward to learning something new each and every day and being able to share my passion for dancing with everybody around me.
Roberto comes to Fred Astaire South Barrington with an intensive background in dancing. Aside from being a professional ballroom dance instructor, Roberto has danced in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop recitals throughout his life. His thirst for learning new dances brought him to Fred Astaire Dance Studios. He currently competes on the Regional Fred Astaire Circuit with his partner Heather, and has been honored with Novice Competitive Titles. If he is not at the studio working with his students, you can find Roberto at the gym lifting weights!
Front Desk Executive
Kseniya was born in Russia and came here at the age of 1 with her parents. She still speaks, reads, and writes Russian fluently. Kseniya loves to travel and enjoys experimenting with different foods in the kitchen. She loves sports especially soccer and has been playing competitively since the age of 5. She is always the friendly “Hello” on the other end of the phone or behind the desk. She proudly upholds the studio motto “Yes is the answer, what is the question”. She loves being part of the Fred Astaire South Barrington family!
Training Director/Studio Owner
Joel started working at the Fred Astaire South Barrington studio in 2010 as a dance instructor. He comes from a very musical background. His family was always involved in the community and church as active members of a Spanish Choir, which led Joel to play the drums and become a dancer. He competes at high levels in the Professional Open Smooth and Professional Open Rhythm Divisions with his partner, Chloe. In competitions, Joel achieved finalist status as well as becoming a national mixed novice champion. He is the proud Co-Owner of Fred Astaire South Barrington. When he is not at the studio training his staff, or practicing for his upcoming competitions, Joel can be found in the boxing ring, sparring with his opponents.
Dance Director/Studio Owner
Nick joined the Fred Astaire Illinois family in 2008. His ballroom journey inspired him to become the Co-Owner of the Fred Astaire South Barrington Studio. Nick comes from a musical background, being a devoted Alto Saxophone Player, and a guitarist. Since starting with Fred Astaire Dance Studios he has become a major competitor in the American 9 dance division. He holds the prestigious title of Dance Director of the Fred Astaire South Barrington studio, which entails him preparing students and staff for level passing and exams, as well as inspiring them for shows and competitions. He has reached the highest level in his own dancing, by achieving the Professional Gold Level.