Our Studio Owners & Dance Instructors
Ilya & Nadia:
Ilya and Nadia are one of the top professional Latin couples in the dance world today. They have been dancing together for nine years and have toured the world in competition, enjoying considerable success. Some of their most recent achievements include:
2008 North American Professional Latin Champions
2008 World Master Champions
6 time Fred Astaire National Professional Latin Champions
United States Professional Latin Finalist
2007 Ohio Star Showdance Champions
2007 Heritage Classic Professional Latin Champions
2006 World Cup Vice Champions
Ty:Certified Dance Instructor
Ty began his dance career at the age of 14 in BalletMet. He earned a Fine Arts Dance Degree at Ohio State University, eventually incorporating Ballroom Dance before graduating in 2004. He began with Classical training supplementing his dance experience with studies in Dance Kinesiology, Pilates Reformer, and Contemporary Dance. Ty participated in the re-staging of Zivili’s works of Serbian Folk dances, his own piece “Migration,” and is currently a Fred Astaire National Champion credited with NDCA and FADS certifications. Ty loves Theatre Arts he is the “Lift” Specialist at the studio. He currently trains with Samantha Kaiser in Open Smooth and Tara Barakov in Theatre Arts showcases.
Certified Dance Instructor
Nikki began her dancing experience at the age of 11 when she was enrolled in Dance Designs Musical Theater program and was trained in jazz, acting, Broadway, voice and hip-hop. She went on to get her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, where she was introduced to the Ballroom Dancing World and fell in love with it. While in Syracuse University she was part of Raices Dance Troupe and Danceworks Sports Team; there she performed to hip-hop, modern and jazz routines and choreographed for Latin dances like salsa, merengue, bachata and samba. She is currently a Fred Astaire National Champion and credited with NDCA and FADS certifications. She trains and competes with partner Jaime in American Rhythm.
Certified Dance Instructor
Coming from the Caribbean Island of Dominican Republic, Jaime was brought up dancing to the music of Merengue, Salsa and Bachata. With his friendly and easy-going personality he has easily transformed into a ballroom dancer. He continues to grow and strive to perfect the art of dance. He is credited with NDCA and FADS certifications. He currently trains and competes with partner Nikki in American Rhythm.
Emilia:Certified Dance Instructor
Emilia was born in Armenia and started to dance at age 9. After only a year of dancing, she became the champion of the Cavcas countries. She has won the title of Armenian 10-Dance Champion several times. She came to America in 2008 and has been with Fred Astaire since 2009. She and partner Hayk have been dancing together since 2010, and they have won many titles, including US National Professional Rising Star Latin Champions, 3-time Fred Astaire World Champions, 3-time National Champions, Fred Astaire Regional Champions, and Cross Country Champions.
Annabella started dancing at Fred Astaire when she was 3 years old. Since then she has won numerous titles in International Latin and Standard, including United States National Champion. She is a part of the US World Team, and she represented the United States at the World Championships in Blackpool, England. She currently trains and competes with her partner in International Latin.