Established in 1998.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios has served Essex County for more than 50 years. In 1998 Kay Connors and Vincent Bulger moved the studio from it’s Verona location to the Valley Road location in Upper Montclair, where we reined as top studio for 10 years in a row. In 2005, Kostadin Bidjourov and Carrie Babcock became owners.
Carrie Babcock was a dance major, has a career with more than 25 years dance experience, has choreographed and had major roles in more than 25 musical theater productions, is a member of AEA and AFTRA and has danced at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT and Disney-MGM. TV appearances as a dancer include AS THE WORLD TURNS, The TV Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Awards,
Kostadin Bidjourov, co-owner, graduated from Montclair State, is an undefeated Bulgarian Ballroom Champion, and has danced his way to the top of the field with several professional partners and students.
Bidjourov and Babcock have 5 US Ballroom titles, more than 20 Regional titles. They can be seen on the 2006 broadcast of PBS TV’s AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE.
Fred Astaire of Upper Montclair prides itself on its flexible and adaptable programs, and the integrity, skill and professionalism of it’s entire staff.
At Fred Astaire of Upper Montclair we specialize in teaching you to dance, with a partner, quickly, effortlessly and without any pushy sales tactics. In fact, our first two packages, the Introductory Program and Beginners’ Program, are the only two programs that aren’t custom made for you. After that you design your own. Don’t want groups? Don’t pay for them. Want to take 3 groups and 1 private a month? That’s ok too! See for yourself why we’re different, and better, than the rest.
Dancing enhances every aspect of your life. Dancing Makes Life Easier. Troubles melt away on the dance floor. Endorphins are released. You just feel better!
Our customized wedding dance program gives you the confidence when that magical moment arrives and you step on the floor looking like you’ve been dancing together forever! Not stiff and awkard or counting your steps!
Try us! You will love the way we teach at Fred Astaire Upper Montclair.
604 Valley Rd.,
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043, USA
Hours: Mon – Fri 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Big Picture
Dancing lessons are a wonderful way to enjoy your life. In fact, our Mission at Fred Astaire is “to enrich the lives of each and every person that comes into contact with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios.” You might like to read about some of the ways we’ve enriched our students lives on our YELP page, or some Google Reviews.
In addition to teaching beginning dance lessons, our studio and staff runs a very successful competitive dance team, with more than 20 active competitors who travel around the country to compete in regional and National levels. No one comes to the studio with the intention of becoming a ballroom competitor, but many of our students have become seasoned competitors. There are many ways to try!
We also have a number of social events a year that enable you to use your dancing outside the studio, and mix and mingle with other like-minded dancers. We have practice parties almost every week, themed parties like Valentine’s Day and Halloween, and formal parties with showcases, celebrating our Anniversary in May and our Holiday Snow-Ball in December. Outside the studio we have banquets, cruises, showcases and other social events designed to enhance your love of dance.
Showcases are a great way to show off your creativity and express yourself. We have all tiers from “works-in-progress” demonstrations all the way to you starring in your own showcase in September complete with lights, costumes and makeup.
History of Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Today, one almost can’t turn on the TV or radio or, open a newspaper, magazine, or web page without hearing a mention of Mr. Fred Astaire in reference to dancing. He has left a lasting impact on the world and when people think of a dancing legend, Fred Astaire is the first to come to mind. We are proud of our great dance heritage which began in 1947 when the Master of dance himself, Mr. Fred Astaire, co-founded our company. Mr. Fred Astaire, considered to be the greatest multitalented dancer of all time, wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name to make sure that his techniques would be preserved and passed onto the public. Mr. Astaire was instrumental in the choice of dance curriculum and instructional techniques. With the opening of the first Fred Astaire Studio on Park Avenue in New York City, Fred Astaire brought his immense talent out of the glamour of Hollywood and onto the dance floors of America and the world. “Some people seem to think that good dancers are born.” Astaire once observed. “All the good dancers I’ve known have been taught or trained. To me, dancing has always been fun. I enjoy every minute of it. I am glad that I can now put my knowledge to use in bringing personal confidence and a feeling of achievement to so many people.” Today, numerous Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located in cities throughout North America and internationally, are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence through our National Dance Board and Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios curriculum certification. Although Mr. Astaire is no longer with us in person, our studios have produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers who are living embodiments of his style and grace.
Our studio offers dance instruction on Private and Group levels as well as Practice Sessions and at every Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, learning how to dance is made to feel easy and fun!
On your first lesson, you’ll learn the basic elements on which all dance patterns are based. By the end of your first lesson you’ll be on your way to dancing!There are so many ways dancing can enrich your life!It all starts with a phone call!973.783.8999.Get started today!