La Danse Cleveland has put together a team of instructors with experience and expertise in a wide range of dances. These professional teachers love dancing and enjoy sharing what they know with both men and women, individuals and couples, of all ages and abilities. Their enthusiasm will make it easy for you to learn to dance, too. Click on instructors’ bio’s and our calendar of events to plan your dancing schedule. Whether your preference is for a private lesson or group class, and whether you want to dance for fun, fitness and/or friendship, there is something for everyone at La Danse Cleveland.



Esther Rehm-Cohen

Esther is co-owner of La Danse Cleveland. She became certified as a ballroom instructor in 1981 and is former coach of the Case Western Reserve Ballroom Team. She has owned four dance studios over the past 20 years, winning numerous “top studio” awards for sales, competitions, etc. Her largest studio had up to 10 full-time teachers, a receptionist, and half a dozen part-time instructors.

Esther is a talented ballroom instructor with an impressive background that includes being a winner of national Top Teacher Awards, in addition to being named National Top Female Competition “Teacher of the Year”. She has national certification as a judge in American Style, International Latin, International Standard and Theatre Arts. Esther has also served as teacher/coach of many top-ranked amateur competitive couples.


Tim Brown

Tim’s dance career spans almost three decades, and his passion for dancing is as strong as ever. He has competed professionally, as well as with his students; and he enjoys not only teaching, but choreography, judging and teaching workshops nationwide.
Tim’s dance background includes time with Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and 10 years as an owner and independent operator in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He prides himself on the ability to create both group classes and private lessons that are informative, humorous, fun and affordable.

Dance Instructors and Staff


Chad Tady

Chad began dancing as a student in 1991 and became a professional instructor in 1993. He is trained in American Rhythm and smooth with his Bronze, Silver and Gold certifications. After training in both Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire curriculum, he became an independent instructor and trained with Diana McDonald. As his career progressed, he worked with Bruce Akioka for advanced smooth theory.

Chad is now retired from pro-am competition and prides himself in teaching social and showcase students in a practical way with a strong focus on translating technical theory and terminology into easy-to-understand day to day language.


Stephanie Fagan

Stephanie has been a dancer, instructor and competitor for over three decades. She has been certified in several dance levels and has even been published in Dance Week newsletter. She has studied with champions from both sides of the Atlantic and is the recipient of several “Top Teacher” awards. She and her students have won numerous championship and scholarship awards. Stephanie is happy to have relocated to NE Ohio and be part of the LDC team.


Cassandra Al Warda

Cassandra is a legendary Belly Dancer who has been studying and performing Middle Eastern Dance for more than 20 years. Known for her masterful technique of the most complex and intricate movements, she is also the featured performer at many of the area’s finest establishments and the leader of an award-winning Belly Dance troupe.

Her repertoire is comprised of traditional Raqs Sharqi and aspects of modern American Belly Dance. She is dedicated to promoting the art form in a manner that is beautiful, exciting, and suitable for all audiences. It is her belief that educating the general public through performance and instruction will foster a better understanding of the dance and its Middle Eastern heritage.

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