Our Founders

Stephanie Schlueter

Stephanie Schlueter

Owner

Stephanie, certified in various types of dance including Ballroom, Swing, Hip-Hop and Belly Dancing, has also had extensive training in Ballet, Latin, Jazz and Modern dancing. She attended the National German Dance Council as well as the German Professional Dance Teacher Association, both of which she graduated Valedictorian from on full scholarships. Stephanie has competed at numerous levels both nationally and internationally, and was frequently named champion. Currently, she is ranked 16th on the World Ranking List for dancers. With so much dance experience, Stephanie only wished to share her passion with the rest of the world. Being the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios is a great honor for Stephanie. She says that it is more than just a dance studio. It offers an environment for learning, fun and excitement and an opportunity to share her passion for dancing with others. Stephanie explains, "One of the best parts of dancing is meeting new people and making new friends."

 

Mark Adler

Mark Adler

Owner

Mark Adler is the owner of the Sugarland and Woodlands Studio, along with Stephanie. Even though he is a business major, Mark is equivalently a phenomenal dancer. He began with the Latin styles and has been extensively training in the Smooth styles for the last ten years. Owning their own dance studio is a lifetime dream-come-true for Stephanie and Mark. Their Woodlands studio is the 7th largest Fred Astaire Dance Studio in the U.S. and the largest dance studio in the Houston-area. Both his Sugarland and Woodlands studios are in the Top 20 Studios in the United States! That being said, Mark and Stephanie are known throughout Fred Astaire for both their dancing and business management. Mark says that owning a studio was one of his major goals, but he also aspires to own a studio that “provides the best customer service and quality of instruction.” He only continues to provide excellent customer service and share his “passion for the arts with students,” which is how he became involved in the Ballroom world in the first place. Mark is extremely proud of the successes of his students, and he will only continue to strive to create an atmosphere where everyone can grow to reach their full potential.

 

Liz Porter

Elizabeth Porter

Director

Elizabeth has always known that dance was in her heart. She grew up watching Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Judy Garland. From then on, she was so inspired that she knew she had to make a mark on the dance world. Besides ballroom, she has been involved in Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Ballet as a younger child. 

Elizabeth has been in the industry for the past 12 years, and even relocated so she could take this position. Elizabeth says the reason why she stayed in this industry was because "it truly gave everyone the oppourtunity to become the very best version of themselves." and to now be able to help kids in their development is truly "a dream come true." She continues, "Being able to inspire and empower kids so that they can live their best life and acheive everything their heart desires is such an incredible honor and responsibility that I do not take lightly."