Ronel Harris – Owner

The best way to describe Ronel Harris is to call her an extremely driven serial entrepreneur. Even though being a mother of 3 and wife to husband John Harris is her first priority, she still makes time to actively pursue her dreams and this year her bucket list has become even shorter.

As the owner of Outdoor Education Africa one of the largest School Tour Operators in South Africa, co-owner of Uniglobe Gateway Travel and being co-owner of ATKA SA online media marketing, she will soon be a published Author of her first book called Break Free – Find Your Power, Rewrite Your Story And Create An Awesome Life (the aim of which is to empower women to take control of their lives and to show them that no matter where you come from in your life you can be successful) due for release later this year, as well as taking to the stage with her Self Development Training program called The Personal Diamond Power Program that will provide women of all walks of life with the tools necessary to change their lives and reach their full potential be it in business or their personal lives.

Having fallen in love with the beauty, grace and elegance of dance, and being passionate about dancing since starting her own lessons with Fred Astaire under Gerhard Waldeck up to competition level, she grabbed the opportunity presented to her by Fred Astaire Dance Studios to become their franchise holder for Roodepoort. Ronel hates going to the gym and that is why dancing is the perfect way to keep fit while doing something she loves with people who share her passion. She believes that everyone can learn this beautiful art and she can’t wait share in this part of their lives.

Vision and Mission for Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Roodepoort

Ronel’s vision for the upmarket Roodepoort Fred Astaire Dance Studio is to become the first choice of studio for anyone who wants to learn how to dance, as well as a reputable training academy for Dance Instructors.

Leon Marinus – Co owner

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Leon Marinus started his dance career as a complete beginner at the age of 19 when he started training as a dance instructor. He trained up through the ranks with Fred Astaire Dance Studios after which he stopped social dancing for over a year. He then started training and competing at an International Level with his then partner Terri-Leigh Wood, training with Craig Riviere for Latin/Freestyle/Rock & Roll/ Hustle and Brian Schmidt for Ballroom.

Leon and Terri competed at Championship level and in the 4 years they competed together never failed to reach any final in South Africa, and were crowned SADF Gauteng Latin and Ballroom Champions.

In 2012 Leon and his partner represented South Africa at the Prestigious Blackpool Dance Championships in the UK where they placed 212 out of 478 couples from all over the world. They then went on to become the South African Latin American & Ballroom 10 Dance Champions in 2012 as well as the South African Rock & Roll & Hustle Champions.

Leon also now focusses on business as he is a Director in Multiple companies and also an Executive Board member of the Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Leon is also a renowned International speaker in the field of marketing and business.

Michelle Cordeiro – Manager

Michelle Cordeiro started dancing in 2004, where she obtained various teaching qualifications in Latin American and Ballroom (International and Social Style). She shortly started her own Dance Studio for 3 years to build confidence in children and build their self esteem. In her 10 years of dancing she has the privilege of dancing with people from all walks of life, young and old. Michelle and her partner at the time competed in various competitions, which include WINNING First Place in the National Open Championship Professional section in the SADF in 2015.

Michelle is now the Manager Fred Astaire Dance Studio Roodepoort.

Dancing gives me an escape from the troubles of this world.

Eugene Schlebusch – Dance Instructor

Hi there, my name is Eugene and I am 28 years old. My dancing career began in 2009 in Pretoria, where I learned a lot from a variety of teachers, colleagues, and trainers, which I will always value and be thankful for.

I am fortunate to be trained in Ballroom, Latin American and Contemporary, and did a lot of Eisteddfod and Theatre work.

After 7 years, I am part of a new family; the Fred Astaire Roodepoort Family. Here we all strive to do the best we can for our clients — be it with competing or just having fun. As for me, I am truly blessed to be working with such amazing
colleagues, students, franchisees, and trainers. You all make it worthwhile.

I firmly believe dancing is the movement of the soul.

Fern Ferreira – Dance Instructor

Fern Ferreira studied Reiki and Energy Healing Work under Reiki Master Natalie Northover, in the systems of Usui/Tibetan Reiki, Karuna Reiki® and Lightarian Reiki™. She became Reiki Master/Teacher herself in 2010 (RMA/NHA). In 2011 she qualified CT-Hyp in Therapeutic Hypnosis under one of the world pioneers in the field, Andy Tomlinson (PLRA UK/Spain). She did Past Life Regression training with John Dutton, leader in Modern Hypnotherapy Research in South Africa (SAMHA/GMTI/GHSc).

Dominic Belloni – Dance Instructor

The passion of dance stems from the desire of one’s heart and having the ability to translate that passion into movement and the ability to make that movement astounding. My goal is simply to draw this out of my students empowering them with both confidence and enthusiasm for dance. My only desire is to teach world class dancers and inspire them to reach as high as they can within the dance world.