Profile Category: Staff

David Elser

David Elser

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!

Elizabeth Krug

Elizabeth Krug

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

Leslie Whitesell

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.

Lindsey Rutherford

Lindsey Rutherford

Lindsey have been dancing since she was 3 years old, competing in her first competition with her father at the Ohio Star Ball at the age of 4. She began teaching in 2003 and now she teaches social and competitive dances and enjoy both equally. Her goal is to enrich and touch everyone’s life that she teaches by sharing the great benefits that dance can bring!

Nicole Carroll-Rutherford

Nicole Carroll-Rutherford

Nicole has been teaching ballroom and Latin dancing for the past thirteen years. Prior to dancing Nicole was a gymnast. She has been awarded with numerous top teacher awards throughout the United States. Nicole is a United States finalist. Nicole has certifications with the National Dance Council of America, North American Dance Teachers Association, and Dance Vision International Dance Association.

Dan Rutherford

Dan Rutherford

Dan studied jazz dance extensively from the age of five through his late teens. At that time he began a career in ballroom and Latin dance. Dan has produced numerous champions throughout his career as a teacher and coach. Dan has also danced on stage with numerous celebrities as a back up, chorus line and principal dancer in many productions. Dan is one of the top professionals in the United States.

Todd Travis

Todd Travis

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.

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