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.
Chloe may look nice and sweet, but this lady earned her Black Belt in Martial Arts and can definitely throw a punch! That’s right; she is a woman with strength and focus, which are her best qualities when it comes to teaching.
Chloe is of Polish heritage yet was born and raised in Chicago. She dabbled in ballet and jazz as a child (like most little girls do), but she placed martial arts as her first go-to hobby. It is clear that she wanted to be a part of something “different”. And that’s exactly why she fits in so well with our team.
She discovered our studio through an acquaintance of hers who was related to our Area Franchiser, Rae Josephs. He advised her to “give them a call and see what they’re about” and she simply followed through. After being interviewed to take on an instructor position, she felt there was no place she’d rather be but in the studio. She left her studies for Interior Design in August of 2011 and completely submerged herself at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. She knew from the moment she walked through our doors that this was her calling and that fate brought her here. We completely agree.
Her biggest weakness is expressing herself through the use of words, which is why she felt so connected to the world of ballroom dancing. Each dance shares a certain emotion and she enjoys the ability to show her heart through the tangos, rumbas, and mambos. She loves how she can express herself completely and clearly―without using a single word. This is something she enjoys seeing her students learn as well. She feels that there are no words to express success but a smile on her students’ faces!
Chloe currently competes with Joel (Owner of Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios – South Barrington) in the American Rhythm division and wishes to become a United States Rising Star finalist.
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.
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.