Sevrin Shapiachan


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.

Susannah Moss


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.

Nathan Trexler

Dance Instructor

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.

Elise Roberts

Dance Instructor

Elise Roberts was raised as an Air Force brat and found homes all over the world.  She has been dancing from a young age for over 13 years. In 2011, she was crowned Junior World Champion in an international competition in Croatia.  In 2018, she was featured on So You Think You Can Dance as one of the Top 150 Dancers in America.  She recently moved back to Virginia and is super excited to share her passion for dance with the world.  She is very close with her family and spends her free time watching movies and doing puzzles.

Jonathon Evans

Jonathan Evans

Dance Instructor

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.

Lauren Axtell

Dance Instructor

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!

Jose Saavedra

Dance Instructor

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.