St. Petersburg Central
Located at 7019 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Fred Astaire St. Petersburg Central LOVES ballroom dancing! We teach "any dance that takes two people" including the elegant and stately Waltzes and Foxtrots, the energetic Swings, the sizzling Salsas, Rumbas and Cha Chas and the ever-popular Tango and Argentine Tango.
Located in St. Petersburg toward the beaches and Tyrone Square Mall, you’ll find a dance studio with 23 years of dance history! With continuous ownership and dance training, we’ve designed a system that works! We combine private dance lessons (one-on-one with a dance instructor), group dance lessons (one dance instructor and several dance students) and practice dance parties (a party to practice what dances you’re learning before going out to dance in public) to make you the dancer you’ve always dreamed of being!
Are you interested in fitness? We suggest combining private dance lessons with our Zumba classes! Want to meet new people? How about a private dance lesson plus three group dance classes this week? Would you like to attend a ballroom dance competition? Then our staff is perfect! Each and every one of them compete professionally in dance competitions! That should tell you just how serious we are about our dance skills! But, wow, do we love to have fun!
St. Petersburg Central is located on Central Avenue, between 66th Street and Park St. We have our own building in the "Complex 70" Park! We’re open from 11 am until 10 pm, Monday through Friday. Saturdays by appointment.
Please call 727-347-7700 or email us at StPeteCentral@FredAstaireTampaBay.com and let us know what type of dancing you'd like to learn.
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MICHAEL PONCE DE LEON
DANCE STUDIO OWNER / DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Michael was born in saucy Havana, Cuba. Ever since he could remember, his parents encouraged him to dance, but he did not take dancing seriously until he was 13 and discovered girls.
At the age of 16 Michael became a dance instructor and seven years ago he joined the Fred Astaire franchise and became a studio owner.
He believes dancing is the best business in the world to meet and connect with great people and train a talented staff.
You can reach Michael at 813-280-9909 or email him at MichaelPDL@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
DANCE STUDIO OWNER
A native from Argentina, Johanna Wiles moved to Florida as a teen. Prior to joining the Fred Astaire family she exceled in the marketing field of the automotive industry.
Music and dancing has been a part of Johanna’s life since she was a child.
She opened her studio so that she could share with others the enjoyment that dancing has always brought to her.
You can reach Johanna at 813-280-9909 or email her at JohannaW@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Katie is originally from Livingston, Montana. She fell in love with dancing at an early while taking music lessons. After watching the movie Dirty Dancing, she was inspired to learn ballroom dancing and dreamed of becoming a dance instructor. Aside from spending time with her family, she enjoys pursing her Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from American Military University. You can reach Katie at (727) 347-7700 or KatieF@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Joey has been with Fred Astaire Dance Studios for a year and half. He studied disciplines of ballet, jazz and tap. His impressive background includes touring with Disney on Ice for 12 years nationally and internationally and touring with Disney Live! for 4 years, also nationally and internationally. Joey has six years in competitive figure skating and coached figured skating for various ages. You can reach Joey at 727-347-7700 or email him at JoeyD@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Ivan was born and raised in Bulgaria and has been living in the US for over ten years. He came to the US to pursue the “American Dream” and is married with a two year-old son, Victor. He started dancing at the age of twelve and has a passion for dancing and teaching the art. Dancing is not Ivan’s only talent. He is computer engineer and a general contractor. You can reach Ivan at 727-347-7700 or email him at IvanG@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Tiana was born in Connecticut but raised in South Florida and fell in love with dance at a very young age. She began cheerleading in high school and started ballroom dancing shortly after that. Tiana graduated from the University of Tampa with a degree in film and media arts and a minor in dance and has been competing professionally for several years. It must be her Puerto Rican heritage that makes her love the rhythm dances! She and her dance partner have competed both at the National level and the International level. You can reach Tiana at 727-347-7700 or email her at TianaR@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.
Erik comes to us from Palm Springs, CA and has an extensive background in large-scale Production Shows in Las Vegas, Asia and several major Cruise Lines. He prides himself on the incredible accomplishments his dance students can make though the joy and vehicle of dance. You can reach Erik at 727-347-7700 or email him at ErikS@FredAstaireTampaBay.com.