Hailing from around the world, our instructors are continuously-trained, actively-competing, award-winning professionals. Many of our teachers have degrees in the fine arts and all have passed rigorous exams given by the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance and the Fred Astaire Curriculum Certification.
Mark Adler is the owner of the Sugarland and Woodlands Studio, along with Stephanie. Even though he is a business major, Mark is equivalently a phenomenal dancer. He began with the Latin styles and has been extensively training in the Smooth styles for the last ten years. Owning their own dance studio is a lifetime dream-come-true for Stephanie and Mark. Their Woodlands studio is the 7th largest Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the U.S. and the largest dance studio in the Houston-area. Both his Sugarland and Woodlands studios are in the Top 20 Studios in the United States! That being said, Mark and Stephanie are known throughout Fred Astaire for both their dancing and business management. Mark says that owning a studio was one of his major goals, but he also aspires to own a studio that “provides the best customer service and quality of instruction.” He only continues to provide excellent customer service and share his “passion for the arts with students,” which is how he became involved in the Ballroom world in the first place. Mark is extremely proud of the successes of his students, and he will only continue to strive to create an atmosphere where everyone can grow to reach their full potential.
Stephanie, certified in various types of dance including Ballroom, Swing, Hip-Hop and Belly Dancing, has also had extensive training in Ballet, Latin, Jazz and Modern dancing. She attended the National German Dance Council as well as the German Professional Dance Teacher Association, both of which she graduated Valedictorian from on full scholarships. Stephanie has competed at numerous levels both nationally and internationally, and was frequently named champion. Currently, she is ranked 16th on the World Ranking List for dancers. With so much dance experience, Stephanie only wished to share her passion with the rest of the world. Being the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios is a great honor for Stephanie. She says that it is more than just a dance studio. It offers an environment for learning, fun and excitement and an opportunity to share her passion for dancing with others. Stephanie explains, “One of the best parts of dancing is meeting new people and making new friends.”
Executive Dance Director
With so much dance experience, it is not hard to believe that Ben Seifert began Ballroom dancing since the age of six! Even though he was very young, he was already learning Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Waltz and Tango! It was not until he was 11 that he started competing. His career only grew from then on! Since Ben was competing so much, he was required to expand his dance knowledge by learning harder dances and routines like Paso Doble and Samba. He hopes to win as many titles as he can, and he is definitely following this goal. Ben is the current Rising Stars Champion with his partner Cheryl Humphreys, and together, they are ranked 28 in the world. He is also an Open Smooth Finalist and a Rising Stars Champion. With so much talent, Ben only hopes to share his knowledge with his students, and continue to excel in competitions.
Amber Osborn has danced her whole life. She grew up studying American Style Ballet and competitive Jazz dancing. She is an Advanced Instructor and currently teaches and grooms some of this Nations finest amateur male dancers in Fred Astaire. Amber competes professionally in American Rhythm dancing all across the country and has won titles such as Fred Astaire Closed Rhythm Champion, Fred Astaire National Closed Rhythm Finalist, undefeated Open Rhythm Champion of Fred Astaire Texas, Texas Regional Independent Rising Star Rhythm Champion and Open Rhythm Champion, and Fred Astaire National Rising Star Rhythm Finalist.
Jhondarr has been dancing since he was old enough to shake a leg! Throughout his life, he has aspired to become a true Renaissance man with extensive training in the dramatic arts, opera, musical theatre, classical Russian Vaganova ballet and competitive ballroom. He loves educating students because of the fulfillment he receives from helping to change people’s lives for the better, through the beautiful aesthetic of dance. He is an active regional and national competitor and remains a steadfast champion in both realms. He is a Smooth and Star Rhythm finalist and has won such titles as Closed Rhythm Champion and Open Rhythm Champion. He currently holds a FADS World Championship title.
Professional Dance Instructor
Skylor has been dancing since the age of 4 specializing in styles such as jazz, contemporary, ballet (even pom)! Training in a team that consistently ranked within the top 3 nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards including national solo champion. Looking to expand her knowledge of dance, Skylor came to Fred Astaire dance studios, where she began her ballroom career and continues to compete regionally as well as nationally. Skylor hopes to share her passion of dance with as many people as possible and looks forward to continuing her growth as a dancer.
Professsional Dance Instructor
Karen has been dancing since the age of 3. She is an all around dancer with training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, pom dance, flamenco and folkorico. Karen has held leadership positions as the captain of her dance team ”The Strutters” and won Miss D.E.A. (Dance Educators of America) and other numerous awards and titles. She has performed in various events including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in N.Y.C. She also took part in musical theaters productions and was part of the World Class TV Show, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making The Team. Karen is currently the Undefeated Mixed Novice National Champion with the Fred Astaire Company. She’s won various first places in all her regional mixed novice events and nationally as well. She is looking to inspiring people with the art of dance while competing regionally and nationally. Karen loves teaching and is looking forward to not only her growth as a dancer and instructor but to the growth of her students.
Erica was born right here in The Woodlands and has had many years of dance training, starting out how most little Texas girls start out with jazz, ballet, and gymnastics. She was the captain of the schools cheer squad and did all four years of dance in high school. She has always had a love of dance and teaching she went to Lone Star Montgomery College for a teaching degree. After that Erica found her way to Fred Astaire where she fell in love with the whole Fred Astaire family and ballroom dancing. Always greeting people when they enter the studio, Erica helps make everyone feel welcome.
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