Studio Information

ST. CHARLES TEAM

Anne
Dance Instructor

Anne is originally from Denmark. She started dancing when she was 3 years old. She participated in her first competition when she was 9 years old. From her first step onto the competitive floor, she knew that dance was her passion! She is educated in all different styles and disciplines of dance. When she was 16 she attended a school specializing in Musical Theater, Jazz, ballet, and contemporary. She was a lead dancer and choreographer for several of the school’s productions. She has an International Baccalaureate Diploma and she recently graduated from International Dance Academy, from Copenhagen Denmark, and Los Angeles USA. She is trained by some of the top choreographers and coaches in the world. She is educated in: Ballroom, Standard & Latin, Ballet, Ballet technique, Jazz, Jazz technique, Lyrical Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Girly style, Dancehall, Locking, Popping, Voguing, Waaking. She is also trained as a professional choreographer. Anne sees dancing as using your body as an instrument to tell the story of the music. She is very outgoing and caring and glad to be a part of the team!

Jackie
Studio Owner
Jackie has been dancing the ballroom circuit since she was 7 years old and held the undefeated United States Pre-teen and Junior Champion titles for 10 consecutive years.
Being raised in the dance industry, the competitive floor is where she is most comfortable. Her “spicy & Sassy” dance passion comes from her Italian and Filipino heritage.
Although the American style of dance is Jackie’s expertise, she is also well versed in the International Style of Latin & Standard as well as Theatrical.
She enjoys coaching students and professionals at any level of learning. Along with her partner, Jesse DeSoto, they have captured United States and World status in the Open American Rhythm. In 2005, they placed 2nd in the World in the Mambo/ Salsa Competition held in Miami, Florida. They were a featured couple on the 2005 PBS’s American Ballroom Challenge dance program. Jackie and Jesse have worked with some of the greatest coaches in the World, such as, Jean Marc Generous & France Mousseau-Rufus Dustin-Taliat & Marina Tarsinov-Corky Ballas, Kasia Kozac-Bruno Collins & Luann Pulliam-Stephen Knight-Tony Dovolani-Elena Grinenko-Eddie Apolonov and Maxim Chmerkovskiy. Being sponsored is one of the highest honors that any dance couple could have bestowed upon them and they are ever so grateful to their sponsors: *Costumes—Dore Designs *Videography—Championship Productions *Dance Shoes—Showtime Dance Shoes. Jackie is a Member of the Fred Astaire Council of Dance and one of the most talented young dancers in the industry! She was a frequent face on ABC Channel 7 Morning News where she offered an array of her dance knowledge for various dance events in this great city of Chicago. In 2006, Jackie was a guest judge for ABC 7’s “Last Dance” competition that aired each morning for 5 consecutive days. Jackie has since stopped professionally competing and focuses on training and developing new teachers in the Illinois region. She is now the proud co-owner of the newest and 8th location in Illinois, Fred Astaire Dance Studio in St. Charles with her husband, Evgenii. In 2016, they were blessed to have an adorable and healthy little girl, Genevieve who is now the center of their world 

Evgenii
Studio Owner
Humble is a perfect word to describe Evgenii. Though he is one of the most decorated dancers in our region, you will never imagine the types of titles he has acquired. One of them being part of the World’s Top Ten Dancers, which he achieved through the biggest dance competition and “The World’s First and Foremost Festival of Dancing”―Blackpool Dance Festival. He was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine and has studied many different styles of dance since the early age of 5. He ended up focusing on ballroom dancing and has become a two-time International Latin champion of his homeland. Looking for an opportunity to share his talents to the U.S., he moved to the country in January 2013 and began his official teaching career with Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios. While in the U.S., he has entered the Latin finals of The United States Dance Championships―America’s largest ballroom competition.
It is clear that he not only has a passion for dance, but shows true talent which is evident by his accomplishments. He is now excited to be the proud co-owner with his wife, Jackie of the 8th and newest location in Illinois, Fred Astaire Dance Studios of St. Charles and the proud father of their daughter, Genevieve.