Instructors’ Biography

Fred Astaire Studio Director - Owner: Mary Jo HansenFred Astaire Dance Instructor: Crystal ChavezFred Astaire Dance Specialist/Intern: Jo RauschFred Astaire Dance Instructor: Kaila De JaneFred Astaire Dance Instructor: Marcus WoodsFred Astaire Dance Studio Manager: Emily CrawfordFred Astaire Dance Studio Manager: Courtney DuranFred Astaire Dance Instructor: AJ MorrisFred Astaire Dance Instructor: Dustan Holk

Fred Astaire Studio Manager: Crystal Chavez

Crystal Chavez

Position: Studio Director / Dance Instructor

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado

Favorite Food: Asian Food

Favorite Music: I truly enjoy all types of music. My favorite artist, however, is India Arie. I adore soul music!

Favorite Dance: Foxtrot, West Coast Swing and Bolero. Romance, Class, Love and Flirtation are what drive my passion for these dances.

Competition Style: Smooth & Rhythm!

What I Love most about teaching? I love the feeling that ballroom and Latin dancing creates. To share the experience with others has been a blessing.

One thing most people do not know about me is … I love to learn about any and everything!

Bio: Crystal started her dance career in Mexican, Spanish and Peruvian Folklore and then spent some time traveling and performing with a “Baila Conmigo Dance Troupe”.

Somewhere in the middle of her already busy schedule she became a cheerleader and danced on a Nationally Recognized “Pom Squad”.

Being one that is interested in all forms of dance, it was not a surprise move when she joined Fred Astaire Dance Studio in 2007 to study ballroom dancing.

Crystal has been a top notch Instructor and now not only teaches but manages the Denver North location in Westminster. Her goal is to see Denver North succeed in being one of the Top Studios in the country.

Crystal has always been an avid performer participating in all the Fred Astaire Dance Studio Shows including;

  • Chicago
  • Hairspray
  • You Can Dance
  • “A Night at The Movies”

She has also traveled and competed in Regional and National Competitions such as Team Match, Arizona Challenge, Cross Country Dance Championships 2009 & 2010 winning 2nd place Top Female Instructor.

Crystal has also demonstrated her ability to take her students to the top in all these Competitions as well. She is a first class Instructor with many talents under her belt.

Throughout her dancing career she has won many awards including:


  • 4th Quarter 2007
  • Top Guest Getter
  • Top Enrollment Teacher
  • Top Specialist
  • 3rd Quarter 2008
  • Top Specialist
  • Top Overall
  • Top Advanced Instructor
  • 2008′s Top Specialist
  • 1st Quarter 2009
  • Top Advanced
  • Top Overall
  • 2009′s Top Lessons Taught & Top Advanced Instructor
  • 2010′s Cross Country Dance Championships 2nd Place Top Female Instructor