Studio Information


Dance Instructor

Samantha is thrilled to be joining the Fred Astaire Illinois community and the ballroom dancing world. She began dancing at her hometown studio at the young age of 12, where she specialized in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and lyrical styles. She later studied dance and theater arts at Salem High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Virginia Beach, VA. After high school she received a bachelor degree of Fine Arts in Dance from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She went on to teach children and adults at a local dance studio in Carlinville, IL and soon decided she wanted to further her dance education and instruction by joining Fred Astaire Dance Studios St. Charles!

Front Desk Executive
Maria was born and raised in Saint Charles. She began dancing when she was in 5th grade and started with ballet. She immediately fell in love with dancing and continued throughout high school expanding to hip hop and jazz. She shared her love of dance with her high school by competing with the Color Guard team for 3 years. Maria is known for dancing at family parties and social events, she is the first one out on the dance floor and gets everyone to join her. Outside of dance, Maria is currently a student at Elgin Community College and pursuing a degree in Sociology. She also enjoys writing, singing, photography, filming weddings and events and playing the ukulele. She is thrilled to be a part of the FADS team and loves working in such a fun and supportive environment. She enjoys seeing all the students making progress and is consistently amazed by the beauty of Ballroom Dance. Maria is thrilled to be able to help aspiring dancers along their journey and is excited to continue learning about the world of Ballroom.