David started dancing when he was very young, training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Modern. He started dancing Ballroom with Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 2015 and has never looked back. He brings an energy and fire to every lesson, and loves inspiring his students to achieve things they never knew possible. His experience includes teaching all styles of dance, and he competes professionally in the American Smooth style with his partner Elizabeth!
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Elizabeth has been teaching with Fred Astaire for 8 years, and has a passion for helping her students achieve success in their dancing. She believes dance changes people’s lives and she loves being a part of that transformation. Elizabeth competes in the American Smooth style with her partner David, and they have received impressive results in their short time dancing together, including winning various championships throughout the United States!
Leslie Whitesell began her dance training in classical ballet and graduated from the high school ballet program at the North Carolina School for the Arts. After graduating, she moved to New York City where she studied at the Joffrey Ballet and Steps on Broadway. While in New York, Leslie developed an interest in ballroom dancing and began training in Ballroom and Latin Dancing. She also studied Argentine Tango both in New York and Buenos Aires.
Todd Travis is a former college athlete turned professional ballroom dancer. He was trained by world rhythm champions - Dan and Nicole Rutherford.
Todd has successfully trained students to become U.S. and world champions and is beginning a new partnership to compete professionally in American Smooth.