Owner / Dance Instructor
Want a great time? With Miss Andrea on the job, it’s guaranteed. She spent several years as the director of marketing at the Las Vegas Tropicana, where her job was to throw big bashes –New Year’s Eve for 5,000 people, Super Bowl for 3,000, etc….From there, Andrea entered the wonderful world of ballroom dance and she’s enjoyed it for more than ten amazing years. Andrea’s on a mission to inspire everyone who walks through the door. “Life can be so hard,” she says, “but ballroom dancing helps you forget all that. I love seeing the positive changes in people’s lives…from better health, to making new friends, gaining self-confidence, and so much more.” She believes all of us can use more bright spots in our lives, and her goal is for “every student to leave the studio feeling better than when they came in.”
Frankie was dancing before he was walking, and has performed in song and dance troupes since elementary school. He currently holds the title of Fred Astaire Ohio Regional Closed Rhythm Champion. He has a strong background in local musical theater, recently playing the lead in High School Musical 2 and Bye Bye Birdie, with another leading role in Grease. His latest role was Fender in Hairspray at the Beck Center. “I’m so excited to be part of the Fred Astaire family,” he says. “It’s great to make people laugh, learn and enjoy themselves!” Frankie specializes in teaching new students, and he’s terrific at bringing out their best.
Dance Instructor, Yoga Instructor
Kellie Love has had an extensive dance career. Her most recent accomplishment was capturing the title of Fred Astaire Ohio Regional Closed Rhythm Champion. Her professional career began with SAFMOD – a dance ensemble where she performed on “silks,” spinning in the air on ropes of material. Kellie also performed and choreographed modern pieces, while being featured as a B-Girl. Battling at events like the coveted Scribble Jam hip hop festival in Cincinnati, dancing for the Cavalier Scream Team, and opening up for the Black-Eyed Peas, Kellie grew her professional career to include larger audiences. Soon after she moved on to dance team experiences where she had danced for the Cavalier Girls and the Gladiator Goddesses, then quickly began choreographing and dancing in videos for local artists. Kellie is happiest on the dance floor and she wants everyone to feel the same way.
Dave is a terrific performer and dance instructor, who brings his extensive musical theater and show choir experience to Fred Astaire. “I’m in this because I love dancing and I enjoy sharing dance with as many people as I possibly can,” he says. Dave was in the Top 25 Show Choir at Mentor High School and has performed at the Willoughby Fine Arts Theater. “I’ve been having the time of my life since I joined the Fred Astaire family,” he says, “and I can’t wait to see where this path leads me.”
Ethan has been teaching and training in ballroom dancing for more than six years. He’s fantastic at Theater Arts (lifts, dips and drops) and his favorite dance styles are smooth and International Standard. He has won awards in both rhythm and smooth dancing competitions in Ohio. “Dancing literally saves my sanity,” Ethan says. “It can make any situation better, and I can’t wait to pass that along to my students.” Ethan’s love of dancing shines through every moment of the day; and he can help you find the passion and joy in your life, too.
Dance Instructor, Zumba Instructor, Office Manager
Shannon does it all! Not only is she the only one who can work the computer — she’s a fabulous dancer, too. Shannon has been with the studio for more than three years and students love her sparkling personality! Shannon started in theater at 5-years-old, has been training in belly dancing since she was 12, began studying ballroom at 16 and has recently tried her hand at choreographing. She was a show-choir favorite, and has been known to dance AND sing at studio performances.
Try A Bit of Ballroom at Our FREE Guest Party, Sept. 13
Try Ballroom Dancing at our FREE Guest Party, Sept. 13 Every day, people tell us that they’ve “always wanted to dance.” Now you have a chance to try ballroom dancing at a special Guest Party on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. The party runs from 7-9 p.m. and features hors d’oeuvres, a mini group lesson, […]
Fred Astaire Willoughby In The Spotlight at Gay Games 9
Staff & Students Performed & Volunteered at Gay Games 9, Aug. 9-15 Our students and staff performed, choreographed, volunteered, attended a year’s worth of meetings, danced backup for an *N Sync superstar – and even put together an entire show. The team at Fred Astaire Willoughby did it all for Gay Games […]