Studios - Fred Astaire Orchard Park
Fred Astaire Orchard Park
Yelena Tarasenko began dancing as a young girl in the Soviet Ukraine. She found great passion and inspiration for ballroom dancing while working hard to become a finalist in the
Ukrainian National Youth Competition.
She competed many years before becoming the owner of two successful studios in the Ukraine. Her reputation was known in the United States and she was invited to work at the Fred Astaire Studio in Albany, NY where she earned Top Female Teacher five years in a row.
Yelena continued working hard and stayed dedicated to her craft and received First Place in the Rhythm Division while competing as a finalist in many categories at the Fred Astaire World Championship on July 20th, 2012. In 2011, Anastasia Abrashin invited Yelena to manage the Orchard Park studio in Buffalo, NY.
As an instructor, Yelena's knowledge and enthusiasm give her the ability to showcase her skills, and provide her students with the maximum benefit to fulfill their dancing potential. She strives to create a caring environment for all her students every step of the way. Yelena is a gem to the dance community and a muse to all those who dream of mastering the art of ballroom dance.
William Sprague was born and raised in Western New York, graduating from Lakeshore Central and furthering his education through the military and local colleges.
He has found a love and passion for his work as an instructor and has become a competitive dancer. Showcasing his excellent communication and teaching skills, his students always dance with confidence for every event and competition.
William believes in creating a fun and exciting learning environment, giving his students the ability to reach their full potential.