Welcome to Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Austin!
We opened our dance studio in 2014, offering ballroom and Latin dance lessons to the Austin area. Our owners bring years of experience, both in dancing and business, with extensive training in Ballroom, Swing, Ballet, Latin, Jazz and Modern dancing. Their goal is to “provides the best customer service and quality of instruction.”
Our dance curriculum covers the full range of American, Latin-American, International and Exhibition/Theater Arts style of dancing. The Fred Astaire curriculum is the most fully documented bank of dancing knowledge available in the world.
You will find everything from Private Lessons and Group Classes, to Social Dance Parties and Events at our North Phoenix dance studio.
- Popular Social and Nightclub dance favorites (Salsa, Merengue, Hustle, Swing)
- Ballroom dancing (Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep)
- Latin-American dancing (Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive)
- Wedding Dance Lessons (bride & groom, mother & son, father & daughter, bridal party)
At our Fred Astaire Austin Dance Studio, 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!
Studio Address: 815 W 47th St #101 Austin, TX 78751
Phone Number: 512-520-4800
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
We serve the following communities: Austin, Bastrop, Bee Caves, Buda, Burnet, Cedar Park, Driftwood, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Florence, Georgetown, Hutto, Killeen, Kyle, Lago Vista, Lakeway, Leander, Liberty Hill, Manor, Marble Falls,Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Marcos, Taylor, Volente and Wimberley
About Fred Astaire Dance Studios
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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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 the living embodiment of his style and grace.
Okay, I am old. Almost two years ago, I walked by a bright red door and saw a small sign that said dance studio. I opened the door. Behind it was a large ballroom where two people were twirling across the floor in each other’s arms. I started to retreat with apologies for interrupting them. They waved me in and thus began my dance adventure.
I signed up that day for ballroom lessons. My instructor only three months out of high school was warm and encouraging but a lot of what he was asking me to do was hard and beyond my capabilities. And when you want to be immediately graceful and skillful, it is really painful to trip and stumble through routines that look breathtakingly lovely when demonstrated by these young teachers.
Then there were the painful physical limits. I would limp out of a session headed for the Advil bottle with sharp pain in my feet, considering whether I was just too old for this. I was too slow to complete the dizzying number of steps in the stunningly short amount of time allocated. My brain didn’t process quickly enough to make all these quick transitions between parts of a routine. In other words, it was frustrating and painful.
But at the same time something else was happening. I would have these moments of grace where I was totally immersed in the music or my body would perform beyond my expectations or my instructor would coax me somewhat gracefully through a complicated routine. And I would feel joy.
So I kept coming back. First, one time a week then two, then three. I got stronger. My feet still hurt but I could dance a lot longer before they started complaining. I could actually remember the routines and feel some growing competence.
Then my instructors started suggesting that I perform these routines in front of an audience. I was clear. That was not why I was here and I was not going to do it. The idea of taking my old, chubby body in front of an audience to display these nascent dance skills horrified me. I could only imagine the humiliation I would suffer. How dare I imagine that people would enjoy watching me dance.
But they persisted. And slowly inch by inch they moved me toward performing. First, they would have me perform a routine in front of several students. Next, they had me perform at a small party at our studio. Then they had me perform at a statewide event. It was sometimes excruciating. I would mess up a step or let my anxiety send me zipping through a routine with little attention to the actual timing of the music. But I made it through and sometimes I enjoyed it.
Plus, I learned something. Dancing in front of people demands bravery. You have to let people see you for what you are. Yes, I am old. Yes, I am chubby. But I love to dance and have some growing skill. And it feels good to be seen for all of that.
Mr. Fred Astaire
Biography Of Mr. Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire, born in 1899, began show business at the age of 5, performing on Broadway and in vaudeville with his sister, Adele. Then he headed to Hollywood where he began a successful partnership with Ginger Rogers for nine movies. He appeared in films with esteemed co-stars such as Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse. He also co-starred with the biggest actors of that time, including Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, and Gene Kelly.
Fred Astaire was not only a great dancer – changing the face of the American movie musical with his style and grace – but he was also an actor in many different dramatic and comedic roles in both movies and TV specials. He won multiple Emmys for his work in television. The Towering Inferno (1974) earned him an Oscar nomination. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1950 for his “unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures.”
Fred Astaire died in 1987 from pneumonia. With his passing, we lost a true dancing legend. His effortless lightness and grace may never be seen again. As Mikhail Baryshnikov observed at the time of his death, “No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.”
Fred Astaire’s Dance Partners
Although famous for his magical partnership with Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire also danced with the leading ladies of his time, including Cyd Charisse, Lucille Bremer, Joan Leslie, Leslie Caron, Vera Ellen, Barrie Chase, Judy Garland, Eleanor Powell and Rita Hayworth.
“For ballroom dancing, remember that your partners have their own distinctive styles also. Cultivate flexibility. Be able to adapt your style to that of your partner. In doing so, you are not surrendering your individuality, but blending it with that of your partner.”
– Fred Astaire from The Fred Astaire Top Hat Dance Album, 1936
Fred Astaire Films
Fred Astaire starred in 31 musical films. He was famous for his collaboration with Ginger Rogers in the following films:
- Flying Down To Rio (1933)
- The Gay Divorcee (1934)
- Roberta (1935)
- Top Hat (1935)
- Follow The Fleet (1936)
- Swing Time (1936)
- Shall We Dance (1937)
- Carefree (1938)
- The Story Of Vernon & Irene Castle (1939)
- The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
Songs Introduced By Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire introduced many classic songs by famous American composers, including:
- Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” from The Gay Divorcee (1932)
- Jerome Kern’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It” from A Damsel In Distress (1937) and “A Fine Romance,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “Never Gonna Dance” from Swing Time (1936)
- Irving Berlin’s “Cheek To Cheek” and “Isn’t This A Lovely Day” from Top Hat (1936) and “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” from Follow The Fleet (1936)
- Gershwins’ “A Foggy Day” from A Damsel In Distress (1937) and “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “They All Laughed,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Shall We Dance” from Shall We Dance (1937)