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The Professionals

Gunnar Sverrisson

Gunnar was born in Iceland and was drawn to sports at an early age and eventually followed his older brother into competitive Ballroom dancing at the age of 10.  Quickly Gunnar rose up the ranks and in the next 10 years, he won 13 Icelandic Championships and represented his country multiple times at Blackpool, European and World Championships.  

Dancing opened up some other opportunities, such as TV appearances, modeling and theater work such as: National production of Grease in Iceland and Chorus line in Springfield, MA.  

At the age of 20, dancing brought Gunnar to the USA, where he met his wife and partner Daryll and they started their dancing journey.  

Gunnar is a silver lining kind of person, who loves to bring the best out of people, and it shows in his work with his Nationally recognized competitive students, DWTS fundraising shows, youth sport coaching and training professional dancers. 

Daryll Sverrisson
Daryll.....more info to come. 

Gunnar and Daryll started dancing together in 1998 and have over 30 Professional dancing titles during their 10 years of dancing, with these being their highlights:

2007 US National 9 Dance Champions

2006 US National Smooth Rising Star Champions

2005 US National Rhythm Rising Star Champions

2007 World Smooth Finalists 

Featured on PBS's America's Ballroom Challenge

2007 US Championship performance (video)

Gunnar and Daryll founded Ballroom Fever in 2002 and have provided the Hartford/Springfield area with the best quality dance instruction available for over 20 years, with focus on a happy and healthy learning environment for beginners to professional dancers. 

They welcome you to Ballroom Fever!

Lesson rates:

Gunnar: Private lesson (45 minutes) $115 or $110 check or cash. 

Daryll : Private lesson (45 minutes) $105 or 100 check or cash.

Gunnar (413)883-3583

Vlad Astafiev
Vlad is a 2015 & 2018 World Masters Professional Open Latin Finalist from Ukraine, who has been dancing since the age of 9.  From that time, though the years, he has competed regionally, nationally and internationally in the juvenile, junior, youth, and amateur divisions and enjoyed many significant victories. 

In 2009, he moved to the USA and turned Professional.  Since then, he has risen up the ranks as as he went through different partnership, and became a "person of interest" with his last partner Annie He Xiao in the Pro Latin circuit.  
Among their achievements:
- 2018 US National & Open to the World Pro Rising Star Latin Vice-Champion 
- 2018 British Open Pro Rising Star Latin quarter-finalists (Blackpool, England)
- 2018 Top 40 Best couples in the Asian Tour (Tokyo, Japan, Seoul, Korea)
- Winners and finalist of many events in the USA that include in part:
USDC,Paragon Open, Ohio Star Ball, Tri-State, Emerald Ball, Yankee Classic, Nevada Ball, Miami Vibe, Yuletide Ball.   
Phone: 860-944-9484

Lesson rate:
45 minute private lesson $100
Introductory Special for newcomers: 2 private lessons for $100

Christine Kjellquist 
Christine began her dancing at the age of 3, training in Ballet, Tap & jazz for 15 years. She then went onto competitive cheer dance, which eventually lead her to trying in ballroom. Certifying in 2003 as a professional instructor. Her career continued earning top teacher awards and regional titles and still continues today after 20 years  She continues to advance her training, educating herself with world class coaches and continued dance certifications. 

Christine has a special knack with new students, bringing patience and fun to every lesson. She is a wedding specialist as she not only focuses on each couple and individuals but she also has a work background in all aspects of weddings, from banquet bridal specialist, photography, wedding server and even cake vendor. 

Christine has the ability to connect with her students and is able to work well with all levels and styles of dance students such as couples, new students, wedding, groups and private groups, competitive students and more  If you ask her what her favorite dance style is - the answer will always be "whatever I'm dancing at the moment, I love it all!", that said she has a strong following for Latin American dances such as Salsa styles & bachata, but also swing styles, cha-cha, bolero, tango, waltz and foxtrot.  

Christine is also a Certified personal Trainer, Performance Specialist trainer and Corrective Exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has over 30 years experience in training, studying & practicing fitness, performance and corrective exercise. She owns and operates CK Movement, LLC at Ballroom Fever and works with clients with all things training from movement training, balance, weight loss, strength training, performance endurance & muscular efficiency, core training or even toning up those arms for wedding or competition!

Christine has been with the Ballroom Fever family since 2013, training and competing in the Professional Rhythm (Cha-cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero and Mambo). She is currently competing in Professional Smooth (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz). 

Newcomer Starter Private Lessons and Wedding Special:
3 lessons/$220 or pay-per-lesson $75(first 3 lessons)

Continued Private Lessons & Wedding:
$85 per lesson
6 lessons/$505
10 lessons/$840

Friends & Family/Bridayl Party Private Group Lessons:
Starter 3/$255 (min 4 people)

Youth Starter Lessons:
Under 16yo....$60/lesson, 16-18 yo.....$65/lesson


Karolina Ledogar
Originally from Poland, Karolina has been dancing, singing and performing since her childhood.  Studying ballet, tap and jazz in her early years, Karolina was also a vocal performance major at UCONN.  
Her knowledge in both dance and music has giver her a unique ability to marry the two worlds in her current profession as a Ballroom dancer and instructor.  

The last 24 years of teaching Ballroom dancing have taken her all over the country..from Connecticut, to Florida, Oregon, Montana, and Virginia..where she works as an instructor and coach.  
Karolina spent many years with the Arthur Murray franchise where she was ranked amongst the Top 5 teachers worldwide.  
She has many competitive students who have earned accolades and awards at competitions all over the US, and herself earning top teacher awards.  

Karolina teaches all the social and competitive dances..from Salsa and Bachata, Waltz and Argentine tango, to East Coast and West Coast Swing, and everything in between.  She prides herself on making the learning process fun, and accessible to dancers of all ages and levels..from novice to advance competitors.  

Karolina is thrilled to currently be a part of the Ballroom Fever dance family in Enfield CT.

Kristie Mullins

Kristie began tap, jazz, ballet, and character dance as a child. After earning a BSBA from Western New England University, began her Ballroom career at the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Springfield, MA.  Formally, she owned two franchise studios in the Boston area and managed an independent studio in Canton, CT for many years.

During her fourteen year professional competitive career, she competed extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada in American style Smooth and Rhythm, and International Ballroom. 

Some of her titles include: New England Pro American Smooth Champion, finalist in the FADS Pro Nationals, and semi-finalist in the Pro U.S. Dancesport Championships. 

She still competes at the Pro-Am level with her students and together they have won many Top Student and Top Teacher awards over the years.

Kristie  is a member of the NDCA and certified to teach through NDTA.  She has taught in both public and private schools as well as at the collegiate level.  

Kristie has been very fortunate to have made a full-time, lifelong career sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages and levels: beginner through advanced; both social and competitive.  She loves that dancing is ageless; her students range form 4 to 86!  

Kristie has seen first hand how dancing changes lives.  Through a friendship her children formed with a young dancer at a ballroom competition many years ago, she was blessed to have gained a foster daughter!  

Dancing brought such joy to Kristie’s life that she, in turn, loves to share with others.  She knows of nothing better than dance to fuel the mind, body, and soul!

Lesson Rates:

Introductory, Beginner and Wedding Preparation - $70 each for up to 10 lessons. 

Regular lesson rate - $90 per 45 minute lesson. 

Contact Kristie at 413-204-4585 or

Sami Gendreau 
Sami has 30 years in the dance industry under her belt. 
Beginning her career studying Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary she has danced with many companies by the age of 18. 

Companies include: New England Dance Theatre, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Catalyst, Ballet Regent, American Ballet Theater, and The Joffrey Ballet.
Her love for dance took her to a performing arts high school where she graduated with a Dance major. She danced with their company, Catalyst, for many years, appearing at the Brown Dance festival, and the National High School Dance festival.
Her transition into Ballroom Dance came in 2012 when she began dancing as a Pro/Am competitor for Ballroom Fever. 
Sami became a national finalist and moved towards becoming a professional competitor. 
Sami began teaching dance 13 years ago at The Dance Studio of Wilbraham where she helped start and run their current competitive dance team. Most recently she helped rear the children of the Chance 2 Dance Ballroom program though the Adam in Chatham dance studio in Chatham, MA. 
Sami specializes in Rhythm and Latin Dance styles, Competitive Adult and Youth Coaching, Youth Programs, Ballet, Jazz, Stretch, Conditioning, and Social Dancing. 

Rates are as follows
Group classes: $20
Adult Private Lessons: $80
Youth Private Lesson: $65

For Inquiries please call 413-222-2574 
Jayden Leighty
Jayden Leighty is from Springfield, Massachusetts and started ballroom dancing when his grandmother had just beaten breast cancer and wanted to get back to the things that she loved doing.  

She wanted to start taking dance lessons with her 14-year-old grandson (Jayden at the time) and little did he know that what he was doing was going to be a huge part of his life in the future.  

The pivotal point that got him hooked on ballroom dancing was when he and his grandmother went to a competition banquet and they watched the pro show. 

From that point on he knew that this was for him.  

He knows that God has his whole life planned out for him, and he knows that he’s following in God’s will with what he does and what decisions he makes.  He is so grateful that through dance he’s able to encourage, promote confidence and produce excitement in others. 

Jayden is currently pursuing his professional dancing and loves to share his experiences and knowledge with his students. 

Reach out for inquires


Lesson rates: 

Minors - $65 private lesson 

Adults - $85 private lesson

Elizabeth Zymovets
Elizabeth Zymovets is a professional dancer with a natural talent for the art form. Born in Ukraine, Elizabeth began dancing at the young age of four and won her first competition at just five years old. Over the years, she has achieved an impressive track record of achievements in dance, earning numerous awards and accolades.

Elizabeth was recognized as the vice champion of Ukraine and has achieved over 50 first-place finishes in various regional and national competitions. She was awarded the title of Master of Sports of Ukraine and Adjudicator of 2nd category, further showcasing her talent and dedication to dance.

For the past decade, Elizabeth has been living in Germany and was a part of the national German team. She achieved an impressive 4th place in the North German Championship and ranked 10th in the world ranking in Germany by the WDFS. Finalist in Open Latin Adult Marín - Spain,Open Latin Adult Stuttgart - Germany,  Open Latin Adult Moscow - Russia, Open Latin Adult Kaunas – Lithuania, Open Latin Adult Toronto – Canada,Open Latin Adult Los Angeles - United States, prestigious competitions, where the average number of couples competing is between 50 - 60 couples and more.

 In 2022, Elizabeth made the move to the United States and began competing in the professional division with Vlad Astafiev. Together, they achieved remarkable results, including a 2nd place finish in the Boca Ballroom Dance Sport Competition 2022, a finalist status in the Ohio Star Ball in Latin, and a 3rd place finish in the UK Championship in Rhythm.

Elizabeth's natural talent and hard work have led to numerous achievements throughout her career, and her passion for dance has inspired many. We look forward to seeing what Elizabeth will accomplish in the years to come.

Teaching: Latin, Rhythm, Ballroom, Smooth. 

Adult: $100 per 45 minutes private lesson 

Contact info: 305-988-1162

Susanna Westcott
More info to come!

David Rosinski
1985 and 1986 United States National Theater Arts Champion
1986 Blackpool Exhibition Champion
Winner of many Exhibition Championships (with Michelle Evans)

1987 ISTD Smooth Champion (with Marianne Nicole)
1985 Fred Astaire National Rising Star Latin Champion

Organizer of Dancing a la Carte Competition in Springfield MA

Certified dance teacher and championship licensed Adjudicator (A+B+C+D+E+) 
Invigilator and Emcee with the NDCA
April Knight
More info to come