Roodepoort

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.

Alexander Litvinov – Dance Instructor

Alexander Litvinov was born 1976 in Armyansk, Russia. And since 1999 has had a permanent resident of Prague, Czech Republic.
I graduated in High School N7 in Sosnovy Bor, Russia, in 1993.
In 1993 I entered St-Petersburg Humanitarian University, and graduated at this university with the specialization in Choreography, Ballroom and Latin dance teacher in 1997.
From 1994 until present, I’ve been a member of World Dance Sport Federation.
SEVERAL OF MY BEST DANCE WINNER TITLES INCLUDE:

– Russia St.-Petersburg’s Championship Multi – Time Finalist
– 3x Semi-Finalist of World Dance Sport Championship 10 Dance
– Multi Winner of WDSF Open Championships

SADTA ALL SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017:

– Professional Ballroom – 3rd place

SADTA SOCIAL SA CHAMPIONSHIP 2017:

– Professional Ballroom – 1st place
– Professional Latin – 4th place

EASTER BALLROOM AND LATIN SA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018:

– Professional Ballroom – 1st place
– Professional Latin – 2nd place

– International Class dancer

My professional career started in Russia and continues in several countries:

– 1995 – 1998 – Dance Club Director and Coach at D/C «Krisall» Saint-Petersburg, Russia
– 1999 – a member of Dance Show Company «Honma Kogyo, Ltd», Hokkaido, Japan
– 2000 – 2010 – Dance Sport Head Coach and owner at the «SVEY» Dance Studio Prague, Czech Republic
– 2010 – 2017 – Ballroom Dance Sport Teacher at the Dance Sport Club «KAT Zbraslav», Prague, Czech Republic
– 2017 – Senior Dance Instructor at the «Fred Astaire Vienna» Franchised Dance Studio, Vienna, Austria.
– 2018 – present – Senior Dance Instructor at the «Fred Astaire Roodepoort» Franchised Dance Studio, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa

Natalia Litvinova – Dance Instructor

Natalia Litvinova was born 1970 in St-Petersburg Russian Federation. And has had a Permanent Resident of Prague, Czech Republic since 1999.
I graduated High School N2 in Kirovsk, Russia, in 1985.
In 1992 I entered to St-Petersburg Humanitarian University, and in 1996 graduated this university with the specialization in Choreography, Ballroom and Latin dance teacher.
From 1990 until present, I have been a member of World Dance Sport Federation.
SEVERAL OF MY BEST DANCE WINNER TITLES INCLUDE:
– Russia St.Petersburg’s Championship Multi – Time Finalist
– 3x Semi-Finalist of World Dance Sport Championship 10 Dance
– Multi Winner of WDSF Open Championships

SADTA ALL SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017:

– Professional Ballroom – 3rd place

SADTA SOCIAL SA CHAMPIONSHIP 2017:

– Professional Ballroom – 1st place
– Professional Latin – 4th place

EASTER BALLROOM AND LATIN SA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018:

– Professional Ballroom – 1st place
– Professional Latin – 2nd place

– International Class dancer

MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER STARTED IN RUSSIA AND CONTINUES IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES:
– Dance Club Director and Coach at D/C «Rainbow» Kirovsk city, Russia (1996 – 1998)
– A member of Dance Show Company «Honma Kogyo, Ltd», Hokkaido, Japan (1999)
– Dance Sport Head Coach and owner at the «SVEY» Dance Studio Prague, Czech Republic (2000 – 2010)
– Ballroom Dance Sport Teacher at the Dance Sport Club «KAT Zbraslav», Prague, Czech Republic (2010 – 2017)
– Senior Dance Instructor at the «Fred Astaire Vienna» Franchised Dance Studio, Vienna, Austria (2017)
– Senior Dance Instructor at the «Fred Astaire Roodepoort» Franchised Dance Studio, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa (2018 – present)