We would love for you to visit the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenville, SC and meet our staff. We brag about our American and European trained Instructors and we take pride in their knowledge and instructional expertise!
Ihor started dancing in his hometown of Poltava, Ukraine in 1992. He was competing in the International Style, showing outstanding results in both Ballroom and Latin dance programs and becoming either a winner or finalist for numerous National and International dance championships. He studied at Poltava University with a major in choreography. Ihor was the National Ukrainian Champion in 1999 and was awarded the title of Master of Sport of Ukraine in 2004. Ihor is a certified instructor in both International and American Styles and with his knowledge, experience and great personality, you will enjoy dancing to the fullest extent.
Alex is a world renowned championship ballroom dancer, choreographer and adjudicator. Born in Ukraine, Alex began studying dance at an early age and has been dancing for more than 22 years. He is a certified competitor, dance teacher and adjudicator of the World Dance Council and a member of the prestigious International Dance Council of UNESCO. Alex is a two-time National Ukrainian Champion, and he believes in an engaged and dynamically based method of teaching. And, above all, it should be fun!
Alyssa started dancing at a young age and over the years has developed a love for Ballroom and Latin dancing. Her goal is to pass on the passion of dance to her students on the dance floor. She is known for creating inspiration for dancers through her energetic style of teaching. Alyssa is seasoned in both competitive dancing and instruction. She says "I love showing people how wonderful dancing is and what a difference it can make in their lives."
Dmitri has more than 30 years of experience in both Ballroom and Latin dancing. He is a winner of The Super Cup of Ukraine as well as many major National and International championships. Dmitri enjoys the success of coaching top ranking couples both in Europe and the United States. He holds the International Adjudicator degree with the World Dance Council. Taking time to dance internationally, to teach and to judge, Dmitri traveled to Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, Italy, and Czech Republic. He is also one of the top dance instructors among the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of North America.
Lena started her ballroom dancing journey at the age of 8 in the famous Ukrainian town of Poltava. Since then, she has participated in numerous regional, national, and international competitions and dance festivals. She graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Dance with a bachelor's degree in Ballroom and Latin choreography. She is the winner of the Ukrainian National Cup, two-time Grand finalist of the Ukrainian National Championship, as well as the recipient of New York Fred Astaire Top Teacher Awards. Her expertise, professionalism, kindness, and enthusiasm will make your dancing fun and memorable.
Grygorii is originally from Ukraine. He started dancing in the early age of seven and continued his professional career as International Standard and Latin dancer for 20 years. He has been a multiple time winner and finalist of national and International dance competitions and championships. After receiving his Master's Degree in Choreography and Psychology of Education, he chose to follow his heart to pursue a Professional career in teaching Ballroom Dancing. As an instructor, Grygorii derives a great deal of satisfaction in seeing his students achieving new heights in their dancing whether it is a high result at the National Competition or just learning a new step. He believes that dancing changes people's lives and feels honored to be a part of it.
Amber Nickole Austin began dancing at the age of 5 years. She trained in her youth as a classical ballerina and contemporary dancer. In 2014, Amber was a National Finalist in the Argentine Stage Tango Category. She is certified by DVIDA in American Style Ballroom and is a member of the NDCA. She has performed at many professional show productions. Amber desires to share with her students the magic of dancing and the benefits dance brings to life.
Oleg's ballroom dance story began in Ukraine in 1985. Year after year, competition after competition, his love of dance has grown stronger. Performances, competitions, seminars, coaching, and judging brought Oleg to Poland, Moldova, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, England, and the United States. He has numerous great accomplishments including Ukrainian National Cup Winner, two-time Ukrainian National Championship Finalist, Fred Astaire National Closed Rhythm Champion, WDC World Pro/Am Silver Medalist and many others. Oleg truly has a passion for dance and if you dance with him, we know you will too!
Maryna began dancing at five years old. She is a graduate of Poltava Art Academy, majoring in Choreography. She is a winner and medalist of numerous Ukrainian championships. Maryna also represented Ukraine at major International events in England, Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic. Maryna is a member of W.D.C. and N.D.C.A. and a certified instructor in American Style and International Style. With her skillful guidance you will feel very comfortable either making your first steps on the social dance floor or polishing your advanced moves.
Nickolai is the manager of Fred Astaire Dance Studio. He is also a certified dance instructor in both American Style and International Style.