Originally from Poland, Sevrin has over 20 years of competitive ballroom dance experience. He is the 10 Dance Champion and has participated in over 300 dance competitions around the world. As the instructor who taught stars like Kirstie Alley in preparation for Dancing With the Stars and Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, Sevrin is renowned in both the international and American styles. He has been dancing and competing in the International Standard and Latin divisions since the age of ten.
After moving to the US, he taught and competed in both American Smooth and American Rhythm, becoming Arthur Murray World Future and Rising Stars Rhythm Champion.
Not only does his dancing get the attention of both students and judges, he has a personality that will keep you laughing while you learn. His ability to teach the hardest patterns and techniques in a simple way has his students always coming back for more.
He teaches from beginner to advanced levels, and specializes in competitive dancing for amateur women, making them look sexy and confident on the dance floor. In addition to his dancing and teaching background, Sevrin has the rare quality of choreographing show routines for his students that let his student’s style, personality, and skill shine.
All of our dance instructors are highly skilled and trained to help you learn in our invigorating dance studio. Hailing from around the world, our teachers are award-winning professionals and gifted educators, many of whom are still active in competitive dance themselves. Most of our teachers have passed rigorous exams given by the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance as well as the Fred Astaire Curriculum certification.
She and her partner Sevrin opened the Fred Astaire Studio together after having worked on several dance projects together. Originally from London, Susannah has over 10 years of dance experience. Having moved to the USA in 2000 she previously taught at Fred Astaire in Knoxville, TN where she won several Pro-Am titles with her students. Now we’re lucky to have her experience at Fred Astaire Reston/Herndon. She continues to compete on a regular basis with her students and spearheads many large scale events such as Dancing with the stars DC & Dancing with the Services. Susannah specializes in dance lessons for beginners and Wedding couples. When she teaches with extremely confidence, knowledge and passion she will make you feel comfortable, enable you to make quick progress thanks to her teaching style but above you your guaranteed to have fun.
Susannah specializes wedding couples design their perfect first dance, from beginner basics to more in-depth choreography, Susannah will have you laughing, dancing, and coming back for more.
Born in Hawaii, Nathan grew up in Sterling, VA. He attended Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA as a Musical Theatre Major, where he also began ballroom dancing in 2011.
After dancing as a student for two years, Nathan trained and began teaching in Williamsburg in 2013.
Since beginning his career as a professional dance instructor, Nathan has participated in multiple charity events like Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Literacy For Life, Starlets of Dance, and Beyond Boobs — a charity which provides support and education for breast cancer survivors.
He has competed in the American Rhythm category as a professional, and in American Rhythm and American Smooth with some of his students. His energy instantly puts a smile on the faces of those dancing with or around him.
From Panama City, Florida, Jonathan started his ballroom venture as a part of a studio franchise in 2007.He is the first one to admit how ballroom dancing has helped him grow and become a better person. He finds teaching to be a very rewardable experience because he enjoys seeing how dancing touches people’s lives. He loves the way people change as they develop new dance skills and helping people is one of the biggest reasons he loves teaching.
Jonathan has trained with many of the country’s top coaches and dancing stars such as Tony Dovolani, Lacey Schwimmer, Tristan McManus, Tommie and Joe Trovato, Luann Pullium and Alec Mazo. Developed choreography for local theater presentations such as Man of La Mancha and was a featured dancer in David Winters’ movie production, East Side Story.
Born in Pennsylvania, Lauren grew up dancing and never fearing the stage. Her childhood years were spent in tap shoes, jazz shoes, talent shows, and musicals; but thanks to a “gym credit” in college, she found her way to partner dancing and hasn’t looked back since! Having taught previously at Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Lemoyne PA, and Tyson’s Corner VA, Lauren has over 8 years of teaching experience and has received several top teacher awards at Freestyle Pro-Am events at both locations. Lauren has competed professionally in American Rhythm, and hopes to cross the Pro American Smooth category off her bucket list soon!
Teaching students takes time, patience, and passion – and that shows in Lauren’s teaching style no matter the age of the student. The journey of learning how to dance is different for everyone, but that’s what keeps Lauren on her toes! Whether you’re learning for your first dance, for fun, or to stand out on the dance floor, Lauren will personalize the lessons to help you reach your goals.
Lauren is more than excited to become part of the team at Fred Astaire Reston and hopes to find her new groove in the dancing industry while sharing her love for music with everyone!
We are pleased to welcome Jose Saavedra to Fred Astaire Fred Astaire Reston our newest Dance Instructor Jose was Born in Peru before moving to Virginia as a child. Jose’s love of dance was introduced very early on from his parents, and his Peruvian roots. Jose is currently in the medical field as surgical assistant but always was drawn to dance and continued his love of latin dancing as a freelance instructor for many years. On his free time he competes in ultra-marathons, believes that a healthy body fuels a healthy mind.
Jose believes, as we do, that dancing changes people’s lives for the better and with his medical training and healthy lifestyle he can demonstrate that dance will create a healthy body, healthy mind and bring absolute happiness to anyone who makes that first step into dancing.
Michael Holmes is originally from Atlanta, GA where he worked for Fred Astaire Dance Studios for a number of years he then had the opportunity to further is career in FL working for Walt Disney World. His professional Dance and Entertainment career spans over 16 years and most notably worked for the entertainment team and choreographed shows for Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Six Flags and multiple dance companies throughout the southeast. Michael also, simultaneously, was involved in the real estate industry starting as a leasing agent and finishing that career as a Marketing and Social Media Director.
Over the past four years Michael has been running a small consulting company, Miho Inc which marries his two careers, mainly through assisting with the creation of large events and giving instruction to those around him and marketing campaigns. He now calls Reston home and is very excited to return to his first love, Fred Astaire.
Michael is larger than life, and cares deeply for his students. He believes passionately about the benefits of dance and wants to bring that passion and joy to to everyone.
Born in Lima Peru, Karina started dancing at the age of 5. In Peru she started with Afro Peruvian dances like festejo and Landó. As well as Peruvian Folk Dances like Marinera Norteña.
She moved to the states at the age of 10 and was part of every dance team in school including the Step Team and Drama Club. After High School she decided to go to backpacking around Peru, where she worked as a makeup artist and performer for different plays and dance events. Two years later came back to the USA and continued her makeup and performing arts career.
At age 20 she started her ballroom career with Arthur Murray where she competed with students and professionally winning several Titles in both Rising Star Rhythm and Smooth certifying through full Bronze and Silver levels. She joined Fred Astaire in 2017 and has now joined the studio in Reston and continues to excel in her expert instruction for both newcomers and competitive students.