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Whether you've danced before, or think you have two left feet, you've come to the right place. Fred Astaire Dance Studio is the premier dance studio.

When you sign up for lessons at the Fred Astaire Ballroom, you'll get to choose from multiple dance styles and approaches. And our welcoming studio environment makes our studio the perfect place to hone your skills, no matter at what level you are currently.

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Welcome to Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Albany!

By visiting our dance studio and walking through our door, you will immediately experience excellence in Ballroom and Latin dance instruction.

In the past, you may have seen professional ballroom dancers on TV shows and in movies, swirling around in complex and mind-fumbling routines. But keep in mind it doesn’t have to be as difficult as that! Ballroom dancing was, at one time, as ordinary as talking on the phone or riding a bicycle.

Our philosophy is that, you don’t have to be a professional dancer to look like one. Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like going out with your peers and being the center of attention!

Let us teach you how to dance so the next time you attend a wedding or social function you will perform with skill and confidence!

Our instructors are highly qualified and participate in ongoing training. In addition, our progressive system of instruction and our unique ‘trophy system’ makes it easy to learn!

It will take time to learn the various dances and a repertoire of steps. However, the learning is easy and fun! A steady approach with periodic practice will produce visible results in a short period.

We highly encourage you to keep your lessons close together. You will progress more quickly, and make your experience more valuable to you!

Contact Us Today!

By Phone: 518-783-3130

Drop in: 368 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, NY

We are open Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday by appointment


 

About Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Great Beginnings
Our company began when Mr. Fred Astaire co-founded a chain of dance studios under his name, to make sure that his dance techniques could be preserved and passed onto the public… and on March 7th, 1947, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio opened, at 487 Park Avenue in New York City. Since then, our network of worldwide dance studios has produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers, who are the living embodiment of Fred Astaire’s style and grace. And since 1947, we have had the honor & privilege of improving the lives of our students, staff and everyone who is associated with our company, through the joy of lifelong dancing!

Ballroom Dance Lessons Should be FUN!
The teaching philosophy at every Fred Astaire Dance studio is simple and straightforward: learning how to ballroom dance is always fun! We work with students of all ages and abilities, and help them realize their ballroom dancing goals in a friendly and inspirational atmosphere. Whether you are interested in wedding dance instruction, are looking for a new hobby or way to connect with your partner, want to improve your social life, or are taking your dancing skills to the next level, Fred Astaire’s teaching method will result in faster learning rates and higher levels of achievement – regardless of your physical attributes or comprehension. And at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, you’ll always find a warm and welcoming community that will inspire you to reach new heights, feel and look confident, and have fun doing it!

Learn Faster, Achieve More
Our proven dance curriculum includes a tiered program of regularly-scheduled Private Lessons, plus Group Lessons and Practice Parties to ensure that you learn as much as possible, in the shortest amount of time, with the most retention, and the most FUN! Our dance instructors’ repertoire covers the full range of ballroom dances – American, Latin, International Style, Ballroom Style, even Exhibition and Theater Arts dances. Created for both social & competitive dancers, our proprietary dance instruction program ensures you’ll be on your way to confident dancing by the end of your very first lesson! Click here for more information and to find a Fred Astaire Dance Studio near you.

Track Your Progress
The Fred Astaire Trophy System is an easy way for you to track your progress & stay motivated, while you enjoy dancing. Our Beginner and Social Foundation Programs teach newer students the step patterns and techniques needed to move around the dance floor. Students then move on to Bronze, which will enable you to comfortably and confidently dance on any sized dance floor, to any music, with any partner. From there, you can hone your skills and talents within the Silver level, and then all the way to the Gold!

Our Talented Dance Instructors
Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors are gifted dance educators who hail from all over the world. Many have Fine Arts degrees and are actively-competing, award-winning professional dancers. Our dance instructors complete the rigorous work required to become certified in the Fred Astaire Curriculum, a teaching method that not only teaches the mechanics of partner dancing, but also presents the building blocks of how people ABSORB and RETAIN information. This program ensures a consistent, high-level of dance instruction because it teaches in a way that people naturally learn! Our proprietary dance curriculum is also continuously reviewed by world-famous former dance champions and registered judges on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board, to ensure only the finest, most up-to-date programs for our students.

Exciting Events & Dance Competitions
Fred Astaire Dance Studios offer a variety of fun local events to make your dance experience exciting and rewarding! Guest Parties, Showcases, Spotlights, Community Outreach Events, special Coaching Sessions and off-site Group Outings encourage social interaction and help you apply what you’re learning. And our branded Regional, National and International Pro-Am and Professional Dance Competitions give you inspiring opportunities to compete, travel and hone your dancing skills in supportive and exciting environments.

Fred Astaire Dance Store
Each Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio features an in-studio and online Dance Store, where you can purchase branded products (such as dance shoes, practice wear and more) to keep you looking and feeling your best, on and off the dance floor.

Get Started Today, with a Fred Astaire Dance Studio Intro Offer!
Take advantage of the special introductory offer at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and take the first step towards realizing your ballroom dance goals! Click here to find a location near you – and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.

 

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Social and Night Club Favorites
  • Salsa
  • Merengue
  • Bachata
  • West Coast Swing
  • Hustle
  • Argentine Tango
Ballroom Dance Lessons
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing
  • Bolero
  • Mambo
Wedding Dance Lessons
  • First dance
  • Father daughter dance
  • Bridal party routine
  • Social dancing for the reception

Fun Facts About Our Namesake, Fred Astaire

We’re named for him and you may be able to name his movies and his more famous partners like Ginger Rogers, but here are some things you may not know about Fred Astaire:

He started dancing for a very pragmatic reason. You may know that Fred Astaire began dancing professionally in 1905 with his sister, Adele. But then he started dance lessons for a reason every mother will understand.

His sister was taking dance lessons and his Mom didn’t want to have to pay for a babysitter so she sent Fred, too.

His first screen test wasn’t an overwhelming success. He was given the following evaluation. “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Balding. Can dance a little.” Turned out he could dance a lot!

A guest appearance you may have missed – Fred appears on the sleeve of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Would seem he had fans in jolly ol’ England, too.

Cyd Charisse’s husband recounted that he would always know who Cyd had been dancing with. Bruises? She’d been hitting the floor with the physically-demanding Gene Kelly. No bruises? She’d been dancing with the smooth and agile Fred Astaire.

A musical instrument? What instrument would you guess that Fred played? Something as smooth or versatile as he was? Would you guess the accordion? Bring on that polka!

Nailed it on the first take. When Fred Astaire made a cameo in John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s film, Imagine, they were thrilled with his first take. He wasn’t. He was sure he could do better and asked to try again.

He and Gene Kelly danced together one time. Not counting the compilation movie, That’s Entertainment, Part II, Gene and Fred only shared one single dance. The routine was titled “The Babbitt and The Bromide,” and was in the 1948 movie, Ziegfeld Follies.

A signature move concealed what Fred thought was a fault. When he was dancing and his arms were outstretched he curled his middle two fingers in. Why? He thought it disguised his very large hands.

He may have tried to hide his hands, but he could never hide his talent. And, he taught the world to love dance. Visit our dance studio and indulge in your love for the light fantastic. You’ll have fun, polish your skills, get great exercise – and make new friends! Join us and dance the night away!

Fun Facts About Our Namesake, Fred Astaire

We’re named for him and you may be able to name his movies and his more famous partners like Ginger Rogers, but here are some things you may not know about Fred Astaire:

He started dancing for a very pragmatic reason. You may know that Fred Astaire began dancing professionally in 1905 with his sister, Adele. But then he started dance lessons for a reason every mother will understand.

His sister was taking dance lessons and his Mom didn’t want to have to pay for a babysitter so she sent Fred, too.

His first screen test wasn’t an overwhelming success. He was given the following evaluation. “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Balding. Can dance a little.” Turned out he could dance a lot!

A guest appearance you may have missed – Fred appears on the sleeve of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Would seem he had fans in jolly ol’ England, too.

Cyd Charisse’s husband recounted that he would always know who Cyd had been dancing with. Bruises? She’d been hitting the floor with the physically-demanding Gene Kelly. No bruises? She’d been dancing with the smooth and agile Fred Astaire.

A musical instrument? What instrument would you guess that Fred played? Something as smooth or versatile as he was? Would you guess the accordion? Bring on that polka!

Nailed it on the first take. When Fred Astaire made a cameo in John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s film, Imagine, they were thrilled with his first take. He wasn’t. He was sure he could do better and asked to try again.

He and Gene Kelly danced together one time. Not counting the compilation movie, That’s Entertainment, Part II, Gene and Fred only shared one single dance. The routine was titled “The Babbitt and The Bromide,” and was in the 1948 movie, Ziegfeld Follies.

A signature move concealed what Fred thought was a fault. When he was dancing and his arms were outstretched he curled his middle two fingers in. Why? He thought it disguised his very large hands.

He may have tried to hide his hands, but he could never hide his talent. And, he taught the world to love dance. Visit our dance studio and indulge in your love for the light fantastic. You’ll have fun, polish your skills, get great exercise – and make new friends! Join us and dance the night away!

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