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 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.
Anthony La Banca- Certified Dance & Yoga Instructor
Anthony received his certification from Freehold Yoga Center to teach Hatha Yoga in the Savananda Practice. With his charismatic attitude and light-hearted personality, Anthony will be an asset to our team. He also has become certified through Fred Astaire Dance Studios to teach Ballroom and help transfer all the benefits that yoga and dance have to offer.
Clancy Phillpott – Receptionist
Clancy is one of our newest team members in our Manasquan family. Having recently graduated, she joined our team to further her experience in customer service and to learn about the amazing benefits of ballroom dancing. She is an aspiring hairstylist and makeup artist and is looking to expand her skills in Ballroom hair and makeup as well! She is a great addition to our team and we are so excited to have her!
Josh Schoenle – Receptionist/Instructor In Training
Josh is also one of our newest members to the Manasquan team. He will be one of the first smiles you see as you walk into the studio. He recently moved back to New Jersey after a few years of traveling, and is now hoping to bring his collection of worldly experiences to our studio. Josh has a natural talent for dance and is potentially looking to become a dance instructor as well!