Frequently Asked Questions

Ballroom Dance Lessons FAQs

We realize you may have questions about getting started with ballroom dance lessons. For your convenience, on this page we’re offering answers to the questions we hear most often in the dance studio. Please feel free to browse these FAQs, and contact us if there’s anything further we can share that will help you feel comfortable, confident and prepared. At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we know the hardest step is the first one you take when you walk through our door. And once you do, you’ll discover a warm, welcoming and 100% non-judgmental environment that will keep you coming back. Start dancing today!

Frequently Asked Questions

There are LOTS of reasons! (1) NO other Dance Studio is better equipped to help you discover the lifelong joy of ballroom dancing! (2) You’ll notice a warm energy and sense of “FADS Community” that is welcoming, 100% non-judgmental, and truly joyful from the first time you step inside our doors!(3) Our proven, proprietary dance curriculum helps you master dance steps easily and confidently. (4) Our unique teaching system includes private instruction, group Lessons and practice parties, to help you learn as much as possible in as short a time as possible – and enables you to try out your new skills in a casual group setting with your fellow dance students. (5) Our Dance Instructors are friendly, highly-qualified and totally dedicated to making your experience enjoyable, educational and FUN! (6) Fred Astaire Dance Studios also offers you benefits that many independent dance studios simply cannot – including an online Studio Dance Store (in-studio & online) with dozens of dance-related items to help you look and feel your best, on and off the dance floor; and exciting Regional, Inter-Regional and National Amateur and Pro-Am dance competitions that give Fred Astaire dance Students inspiring opportunities to compete, travel and hone their dancing skills in supportive and exciting environments. Don’t put it off another day… contact Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and you’ll discover that “Life’s Better When you Dance!”

At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, all new dance Students can take advantage of our special money-saving Introductory Offer! Simply complete and submit the Intro Offer form on this website to get yours, and we’ll contact you right away to learn about your dance goals and help you set up your first Lesson. Once you discover how much fun ballroom dancing can be, we know you’ll be back for more!

Every Fred Astaire Dance Studio offers a special Introductory Offerfor new Students. Beyond that, our prices vary as dance lesson programs are designed to fit each student’s specific interests & goals – social dancing, wedding, competitive dancing, etc. At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we will tailor programs to meet your individual goals and budget.

We offer instruction for all partnership dances– from waltz, tango, cha-cha, and salsa, to country western, swing and club dancing. We can help you with your wedding dance, all of your social dance needs – basically, any dance done with a partner. For those with a competitive edge, we can also help you become a skilled Pro/Am competitor with your Instructor at lots of branded Fred Astaire Regional, Inter-Regional, National and International dance competitions!

Every Fred Astaire Dance Studio Dance Instructor is a gifted dance educator with a passion for dance. Fred Astaire dance instructors hail from all over the world. Many have Fine Arts degrees, and are actively competing and award-winning professional dancers. And all have completed the rigorous work required to become, and remain, certified in the Fred Astaire Dance Curriculum – a proven teaching method that was developed by Fred Astaire himself, and is unique to our organization. Collectively, Fred Astaire Dance Instructors are dedicated to helping you discover the joy of ballroom dancing, and to making your learning experience enjoyable, educational, rewarding – and FUN!

Absolutely not! We welcome singles and couples here at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. If you come in as one of our single Students, your Dance Instructor will be your partner for private lessons, and our group classes and practice sessions will provide plenty of opportunities to meet – and dance with – other dance Students with the same interests and goals!

We highly recommend that you schedule your Lessons close together, especially in the beginning. The less time between Lessons means the less you will forget, the less you will need to review, and the more quickly you will reach a confident level in your dancing. We also recommend private Lessons in conjunction with group classes and practice sessions, as it’s the most effective and efficient way for you to learn and stay motivated.

A private lesson consists of a session in which one dance instructor works with one student or one couple in our main ballroom. During a private dance lesson, you’ll learn the finer points of dancing with a partner. A couple may have one or two instructors, depending on preference. Private lessons are by appointment only and may be scheduled between 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm Monday – Friday.

A group lesson consists of several students learning to dance from one instructor. Primarily working on basic steps and technique, group classes correspond to the level of dancing you are currently working on.

You can think of practice parties as ‘Dancing Boot Camp’ Just as traditional boot camp prepares you for the military, practice parties prepare you for dancing socially and allow you to apply material learned in your dance lessons without the pressure of the public eye upon you. Our students are here to have fun, learn, and dance! At our parties, we dim the lights and serve refreshments. Students have the opportunity to dance with other students, as well as with our instructors.

Not necessarily. In order to accommodate your busy schedule, we attempt to be as flexible as possible but aren’t always able to schedule the exact same time every week. To reserve your preferred times, we suggest scheduling your Lessons a few weeks in advance, in order. Group class schedulingcan vary depending on type and level of dance, so that everyone has an opportunity to attend. Practice sessions are typically scheduled for a set time each week.

Students should wear something comfortable that won’t inhibit movement. Of course, comfortable shoes are a must! We suggest wearing a pair of leather-soled shoes for maximum ease and comfort.

No, it’s not! Our Dance Instructors are all highly-qualified and welcoming professionals, who participate in ongoing dance training throughout their careers. In addition, our progressive system of instruction and unique trophy system make it easy for you to learn. It will take a bit of time to master the various dances and a repertoire of steps, but a steady approach with periodic practice will produce visible results in less time than you’d think. We highly encourage you to keep your Lessons scheduled close together. You will progress more quickly, and it will make your experience more valuable to you. We promise: the learning is fun – and you will be on your way to confident social dancing after your very first dance Lesson!