Dance Instructor

Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Favorite Food: Steak or Chicken Quesadillas with homemade Salsa
Favorite Dance: Rumba and Cha Cha
Favorite Music: Electronic
What I love most about teaching: Challenging students and helping them achieve their goals
Who I admire and why: My mom and sisters. Their unconditional love and support pushes me to not only be a better person but to follow my dreams and never give up.
One thing most people don’t know about me: Most of my childhood I lived in Mexico where I attended Elementary School. Living in both countries has given me a wonderful perspective on life and opportunity and I’m very thankful.

Anna-MariexAnna Marie
Dance Instructor

Place of Birth: Chicago,IL
Favorite Food: Anything Italian
Favorite Music: Classical and Jazz
Favorite Dances: Rumba and Swing
What I love about teaching:
I love inspiring people to try new things that are out of their comfort zone and watching them have fun.
What you don’t know about me: I have a bachelors degree in Opera Voice and I have sang at the Vatican. I am also an avid reader.
I have been very lucky to have traveled and performed in numerous countries like Italy and Ireland. The arts have always been a passion of mine and I have been doing theater, music, dance, and fine arts since I was 6 years old. I am really excited to be a part of Fred Astaire and can not wait to see what this new chapter in my life brings!

Dance Instructor

Place of Birth: Tinley Park
Favorite Food: Potatoes and Peanut Butter
Music: I love every kind of music but country is my favorite
Favorite Dances: Tango/Rumba
Bio: Growing up I was always very active. I’ve been doing gymnastics most of my life and in Middle School I started cheer-leading.  After High School I was able to dance for Semi-Professional/Professional sports teams. After dancing for sports teams for a while, I developed a love for choreographing routines, and decided to take my dancing to the next level. I am so excited to be apart of Fred Astaire and can not wait to see where this new chapter of my life takes me.

Nickx Nick
Dance Director
Dance Instructor

Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Music: Rock
Favorite Dance: Tango
Competition Style: Professional & Pro/Amateur
What I Love most about teaching? Improving people’s lives through dance.
Who I admire the most and why? Too many to list, but all the people who’ve encouraged me to never give up on me.
One thing most people do not know about me is … Huge car guy!


Dance  Instructor

Place of Birth: Israel
Favorite Dance: Waltz
What I love most about teaching: I love seeing the joy on people’s faces that ballroom dancing brings them. I enjoy seeing a student improve their dancing by using the tools that I provide them.
Lee was born and raised in Israel, and came to the United States when he was 17 years old. Before moving to Illinois a few months ago, he lived in Hawaii.  He is the oldest of 7 and loves playing the guitar. Besides having a huge love for playing Ping-Pong and working out he loves playing chess. We are very excited to have him join the South Barrington family!

Training Director/Manager
Dance Instructor

Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Favorite Food: Steak and Mashed Potatoes
Favorite Music: Anything and Everything
Favorite Dance: Paso Doble
Competition Style: American Rhythm
What you love about teaching: Being able to work with all different walks of life and helping them achieve something they never thought they would.
Who you admire: Michael Jordan because he never gave up on his dreams and always worked to his highest potential.
One thing people don’t know about you: I love to cook and fix cars.

Front Desk Executive

Place of birth: Moscow, Russia
Favorite Food: Shrimp
Favorite Music: Anything and everything
What I love most about my position: I love that I work in a fun environment surrounded by amazing people. Watching the dancers of all levels of experience give it their all on the floor is really inspiring and motivating.

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 cooking and trying all sorts of different kinds of food (except deserts). She loves sports especially soccer and has been playing ever since she was 5 years old. She’s very excited to be part of the South Barrington Studio.