Our Team

Meet Our Staff:

Cristian Pozo –
 Certified Dance Instructor/Owner

Cristian is and continues to be a tremendous addition to our Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Born in Ecuador, he chose to move to the U.S at the age of 12, and we are truly fortunate to have him as a member of our staff. With his extreme passion and love for dance, he brings a unique style that can’t be mirrored.

Cristian illuminates even the darkest of rooms with his effervescent personality and charisma. He goes above and beyond for all of his students and creates a fun and exciting environment from the moment they walk through the door. “I see many situations in which people walk into our studio depressed, without any self confidence, or on the verge of divorce, and within only a couple of lessons, I can see such a positive transformation, and they see it too. This is why I teach. This is my reward. If you find yourself feeling a little under the weather, don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends 10 cc’s of  ballroom dancing!”



Denise, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Manasquan NJ

Denise Buchner – Certified Dance Instructor/Owner

Denise holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University where her primary focus was contemporary ballet and modern dance. She has danced for several ballet and modern dance companies in NJ and NY. She has also used her dancing to travel through Europe while working on the Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line. Denise has competed in Theater Arts, winning Regional competitions and placing in National competitions in that category. Denise is now happy to be settled here at Fred Astaire of Manasquan N.J. Denise says, “Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.”






Dana Masi – Certified Dance Instructor/Owner

Dana has always had a passion for dance since she was young. Her love for Ballroom and Latin dancing began at thirteen when she saw how confident and beautiful the dancers looked and aspired to be one as well. Currently, she holds a B.A. in psychology and studied creative writing.  She hopes to one day become a dance/art therapist and help others through the many benefits of dance. She currently competes with her partner in Professional Rhythm. Dana is a firm believer that dancing changes lives and helps in every aspect of life.





unnamed 2Taylor Damato- Front Desk Executive

Taylor brings the energy of the studio to a whole new level! She is the newest addition to our Fred Astaire Family and has spent many years studying different styles of dance and enjoying the many benefits that dancing has to offer. She will be the first person to greet you at the door and make you feel welcome and comfortable in our space! With her love for dance and passion for working with people, she is a great addition to our school!