Our Professionals

Our dance instructors are highly skilled and trained to help you learn. Hailing from around the world, our teachers are actively competing, award-winning professionals and gifted educators. Many of our teachers have degrees in the fine arts and all have passed rigorous exams given by the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance and the Fred Astaire Curriculum certification.

Erik Barckmann - Instructor / Owner

Erik started ballroom dancing at the age of 3 in his native Denmark. He has represented Denmark at countless international competitions since he was 11 years old. In 1989 he moved to London, England to pursue a career in ballroom dancing and this is where he met his wife and dancing partner, Eva. In 1994, after 5 highly successful years as amateur competitors, Erik and Eva began their professional career together representing Denmark, placing in the top 20 of all major championships including the World Championships and the European Championships consistently over a period of 5 years. In 2000 Erik and Eva opened their studio in Canton, CT and have enjoyed sharing their passion for dancing with their students ever since.

Eva Barckmann - Instructor / Owner

Eva, who is originally from Vienna in Austria, started ballroom dancing at the age of 17. After 5 years of training and competing in Austria, Eva decided to move to London to pursue a career in ballroom dancing and this is where she met her husband and dancing partner, Erik. In 1994, after 5 highly successful years as amateur competitors, Erik and Eva began their professional career together representing Denmark, placing in the top 20 of all major championships including the World Championships and the European Championships consistently over a period of 5 years. In 2000 Erik and Eva opened their studio in Canton, CT and have enjoyed sharing their passion for dancing with their students ever since.

Stefan Wicklein - Instructor

Stefan is originally from Germany where he started dancing International Latin and Standard when he was 6 years old. During his career he has been competing in countless state, national and international competitions around Europe. He has made the finals of many major competitions and is the former head coach for the ballroom team at the University of Berlin. Stefan joined the Fred Astaire Canton Team in 2004 to combine two of his passions: teaching and dancing.

Becky Milan-Vega - Instructor

Becky joins us from England, where she has been ballroom dancing since the age of 3. She spent her competitive career training with some of the best coaches in the world, she holds the title of British Champion in Ballroom Dancing and has represented her country in many international competitions all over the world including 5 European and World Championships! She has also appeared on the infamous TV show Britain’s Got Talent where she reached the Live Semi-Finals. Since then she has dedicated her time to teaching ballroom dancing and is now enjoying being a part of the Fred Astaire team.