Shannon Taylor (Owner/Zumba Professional)
Shannon has been with Fred Astaire Dance Studios for 6 years. She has done choreography locally, competed and placed in rhythm and smooth categories. She, along with her fiancé Ethan Konig, often performs and teaches throughout the Greater Cleveland area. She has been a featured dancer on Channel 8, PRIDE Cleveland, NBA halftime performances, and more. Shannon started in theater and vocals at 5-years-old, has been training in belly dancing since she was 12, and began studying ballroom at 16. She has been known to put together local and national competitions, large events, and showcases. “I can’t imagine my life without dance in it, my world is a brighter color! Everything is better when dance is involved.”
Ethan Konig (Manager/Dance Director)
Ethan has been teaching and training in ballroom dancing for more than 8 years. He specializes in Theater Arts (lifts, dips and drops) and his favorite dance styles are smooth and International Standard. He has won awards in both rhythm, and smooth dancing competitions throughout Ohio, and nationally. “Dancing saves my sanity,” Ethan says. “It can make any situation better, and I can’t wait to pass that along to my students each day.” Ethan’s love of dancing shines through every moment of the day; and he can help you find the passion and joy in your life, too. He locally performs and teaches with his fiancé, Shannon Taylor, in the Greater Cleveland Area.
Shari Smith (Instructor)
Shari’s love of Dance began at the age of 7 when began taking Tap, Jazz and Ballet with the Neylon Dance Studio. At age 9, she began to heavily focus on ballet. She then studied at The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby under the direction of Ray and Jan Smith. She attended the University of Akron with a Major in Performing Arts and Ballet from 1977-1981.
Unfortunately, the shelf life of a Ballerina is short- lived and with life changes, she discovered the wonderful world of Ballroom! Taught, trained and certified through Fred Astaire Dance Studios since 1992. Shari has competed in numerous competitions throughout the country both with her students and as a professional. Shari would love to share her passion for dance with you!
Ryan Donovan (Instructor)
Dancing has always held a special place in Ryan’s heart. After enjoying social dancing for years, Ryan decided to broaden his horizons and become a ballroom dance student. As Ryan learned more about the vast ballroom world, he decided to turn his hobby into a profession. Ryan is now a Fred Astaire Certified Instructor. As Ryan continues to climb the instructor rankings in the state of Ohio, he also enjoys competing professionally. Ryan has taken two first place and one second place award in the Novice Division of Fred Astaire’s regional competitions.
Although Ryan is certified in all Ballroom styles, he specializes in Argentine Tango, Salsa, and Bachata. He would love to share his passion for these dances with you on a fun filled lesson!
Colleen McRae (Instructor)
Colleen McRae has a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education in Exercise Science. She has been involved in athletics and the arts throughout her life. She is an avid runner and believes in living by healthy behaviors and decisions. Colleen has enjoyed dancing since she was a child and feels it is a great expression of one’s emotions, feelings, passions and life. She believes in building strong foundations with fundamentals; being able to learn and show progression is the best way to show success. She is excited to be a part of the Fred Astaire Team and grow along with her colleagues and students.