Meet Our Team

About our staff

Mrs Kate Oliphant

Owner/ Manager

Kate has been in the dance business for over 15 years & now is the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio London! She is an undefeated dance champion and spends a lot of time training staff in dancing as well as teaching.  With all the dance certifications, plus a Masters in Social Work and certification in the Process Communication Model, you are in one of the most progressive and successful learning environments in the world!
Mr. Ryan Henriquez


Ryan has been on our team for 5 years and is one of the top teachers in Ontario!  As a patient, knowledgeable and driven person, but be careful, he loves his dad jokes.  He is a great at training and teaching both staff and students!  He is our idea guy and visionary!   He is incredibly hard working and all your goals are his goals!
Mr. Shaun Rollo

Instructor & dance coach

Shaun is new to London but not to Fred Astaire Dance Studio!  He taught and trained in Hamilton before he decided to become a Londoner!  Welcome Shaun!  He wears a few hats on our team - teacher, administrator, dance coach and he handles our enrolment registration process!  He also trains new staff joining our team!
Miss Ali Balfe


Ali is our only part-time employee.  But with her talents, we made an exception!  She is a vibrant, exciting, and passionate teacher but is still raising a couple of young children.  She is a top performer and will always make your dancing a very fun experience!  Ali is our Party host!
Mrs. Heather Trihn

CEO Officer

Heather has spent over 25 years being our CFO!  She is a passionate, dynamic, and encouraging person that will stop at nothing to make your day better!  She loves dancing and is proud to give us her financial skills!   
Mr. Jeff Fox

Visiting dance director

Jeff has danced for over 25 years and is an undefeated 10 dance champion!  He is also a very accomplished choreographer.  He works between Kitchener and London offering his insane skill set!  He is best known for his ability to make any dance movement into an amazing analogy! 
Mr. Jean Marc Genereux

International dance coach

If you have watched 'If You Think You Can Dance' Canada and America - this guy will look very familiar!  We knew him first, as he has been on our board for years!  He comes to visit a few times a year to train staff and students!
Miss Ines de La Roca

 dance instructor

Ines spent many years competing all around the world including the World's top Competition - Blackpool!  She is now working on her education at the University of Western Ontario and teaching a few hours a week in our studio!  She is incredibly accomplished at the International Style of dance.  

Truly a Happy Place

Fred Astaire is a fabulous place to learn to dance. I have been training here for over 12 years. The instructors are wonderful professionals who have gently and steadily improved my dancing. I enjoy the social environment they have created among the students. This is truly one of my happy places.

Richard Lyke

Great Energy!

Fun way to get your exercise while learning different dance styles. When you step into the studio you'll feel the energy, catch the good vibes! Awesome & wonderful caring instructors who genuinely give 100%! Thank you Kate❤

Lisa De Marco

Love It!!

Love my dance experience here! Instructors pay detailed attention to my expressed goals and wishes. They regularly check in with me to ensure I am enjoying my lessons. My learning pace is just right for me! I very highly recommend this studio! Kate and staff take excellent care of me!

Carla Matos

Super Welcoming!

As a newbie to Fred Astaire dance studio, I have found the atmosphere very welcoming! Coming from a dance background but new to ballroom and Latin I was a little nervous for my first class especially since I was going alone. Kate welcomed me in the door with a bright smile and a great conversation as I waited and I immediately felt at ease. Ryan is an incredible Instructor! His energy is infectious and you can't help but get hyped dancing with him! He's very patient especially when you accidentally step on or trip over his feet like I have a few times haha 😄

Katherine Plante

An Amazing Hobby!

We’ve been dancing with Kate and team for several years now and love every session! We enjoy the time we spend together as a couple, the cardio and strength fitness and we’re now comfortable hitting the dance floor. We’re learning and growing together as dancers and meeting new friends along the way. Highly recommended for couples looking to learn together and for individuals who want to try something new and get moving!

Jonathan Poole