Lessons & Activities
Studios offer 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!
Our studio offers instruction on Private and Group levels as well as Practice Sessions. Learning how to dance is made to feel easy and fun!
On your first lesson, you will learn the basic elements on which all dance patterns are based. By the end of your first lesson you will be on your way to dancing!
Fred Astaire System For Teaching Lessons
At Fred Astaire Norwalk we teach 3 types of lessons. Private, which is one on one instruction. Group, where 8-12 students work with 1 instructor learning the mechanics of a dance. Parties, where 30-40 people come to socialize and dance every Friday night. Each piece of our 3 lesson system for learning work together to help you learn faster and more efficiently than any other method available. Our friendly and encouraging staff will have you feeling comfortable and ready to dance in no time.
Private Lessons: Are scheduled anytime between the hours of 1:00pm and 10:00pm Monday through Friday. Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Brookfield excels at teaching people to dance because of our Private Lesson based programs. Private Lessons are the most valuable lessons, because of their individualized approach. On your private lesson your instructor will introduce new concepts of dancing one on one or as a couple. Having the information presented in this one on one format allows the instructor to focus on your needs and tailor the information to you. Every person learns differently and at their own rate. Private Dance Lessons allow you to move at your own pace without the pressure of a group, and develop a much deeper understanding of movement in a fraction of the time. On your Private Dance Lesson you can feel how each dance is supposed to feel through your teacher’s movement.
Group Lessons: Are prescheduled 45 min classes between 7:00pm and 8:30pm and are available to view on our calendar. Group Lessons will usually have 8-12 students and 1 instructor. Most Group Classes will be focused on one dance (with the exception of the beginner classes) and are designed to teach the “mechanics” of dancing. Balance, control, rhythm and coordination are especially prevalent in the Group Classes because you’re dancing on your own. You will also have the opportunity in Group Class to learn both the lead and follow part of the step. This is especially helpful to understand what your partner is doing while you’re dancing together. The Beginner Class is designed for brand new students in their first few weeks of dancing.
Practice Parties: are a the practice for the big game! The atmosphere at the Party is similar to what you would see when you go out to use your dancing. Wether you’re dancing at a wedding reception, at a salsa club, a black tie gala, or specifically at a ballroom dancing event you will need to know how to navigate a floor. The party gives the perfect opportunity for you to practice your moves with different people (leading and following). We host parties every other Thursday at 8:30pm.
• Practice dancing with other people on the floor (floor craft i.e.. navigation).
• Socialize with other people (builds confidence and community).
• Practice putting steps together consecutively to a whole song (blending and ad-libbing) … just to name a few.
Together these three types of lessons make up our Fred Astaire System for Learning. Our system had been proven to teach you how to dance better and in less time than any other system available. Paired with our exclusive Fred Astaire Dance Studio Syllabus you will be on the floor and having fun in no time!
Call us today at 203-775-6588 to schedule your ONE 30 MIN PRIVATE LESSON FOR $30 as our way of welcoming you to our studio.
We know everyone has different goals and budgets for their dancing. After your Introductory Lessons we will sit down with you and come up with a plan that is personalized just for you.
Help! We need lessons for our wedding dance.
We know how important your wedding day is and we want to help you make it even more special. Our customized wedding dance lessons gives you the confidence and skill to perform a variety of dances. When that magical moment arrives, your friends and family will be amazed by your elegance, style, and grace.
In just a short amount of time, our qualified instructors can help you learn a few basic steps or, if you have more time, choreograph the whole dance for you. Whether you want just a few steps to get by or You-Tube worthy choreographed dances for the entire wedding party, we’re here for you!
This is also a great way to have fun and relax, before and after the Big Day. With so many details to plan, and so many people to make happy, taking time out for you and your fiancee becomes a necessity. The act of spending 45 minutes in each others arms reminds you about all of the great things you fell in love with. Enjoying time together while learning how to dance is a great hobby for any couple to share. Your first dance is such an everlasting expression of love and commitment. So come to Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios and give everyone at your wedding a dance to remember.
What if I do not have a song for my dance?
Many couples first come into the studio not having selected their final song. This is not a problem, you will first need to the basics of moving together. Your instructors have helped hundreds of couples through out the years. The are experts at helping you discover what song really is the best fit for you.
I have a song for our wedding dance, but it’s 5 minutes long. Do I have to dance the whole thing?
Most wedding dances only last about 90 seconds much longer than two minutes and your guest start loosing interest. So how do we make a 5 minute song into a minute and a half dance? First option is to cut your music. Your Fred Astaire professional can do this for you, if music editing isn’t one of your skills or if you lack the time. The second way is to invite you wedding party or guest to join you on the floor. We help you plan out every detail.
I saw this great dance on YouTube where the entire wedding party did a routine, can we do that?
Absolutely, we can custom tailor your lessons to include group classes for your wedding party to learn a choreographed routine. Some, couples have even done classes where their friends and family learn the basics of dancing to the most popular styles of music.
Do you also do dance lessons for mother son and father daughter dances?
Yes! The time leading up to the wedding can be emotional. What father wants to make his daughter look bad on the dance floor, and what son, wants to “get jiggy” with his mom? Creating a classy and smooth trip around the floor takes out the anxiety from that dreaded moment. Our dance lessons teach you to lead and follow to any song, or if you have a specific idea in mind we can create a routine to make it a reality.
Our unique teaching system includes a Three Tiered Method of regularly scheduled private instruction as well as group lessons and practice lessons:
Private instruction, with one or more key teachers, gives you the specialized and personalized attention necessary to look and feel great on the dance floor, while developing the ability to lead or follow any partner. This is where we perfect and polish your dancing while moving at your own pace.
Group lessons are also a necessary part of instruction because this is where patterns, technique, and style are learned. Equally important, group lessons provide you with the opportunity to meet other students with similar dancing goals, develop balance, and learn the mechanics of dancing.
Practice lessons are a great practical application of what you are learning in your program because they complete the lesson information taught in our private and group lessons. Learning is one thing, but making the material work in a live setting while dancing with different people is quite another. The practice lesson will put everything together as well as aid in music identification and help you to learn not to run into other people on the dance floor. You can meet other students and practice your leading and following skills in a fun, relaxed environment! Teachers can tailor their private lessons based on how they see their students progressing.
Our dance instructors are highly skilled and trained to help you learn using the unique Fred Astaire Method. Hailing from around the world, our teachers are actively competing, award-winning professionals and gifted educators. Many of our teachers have degrees in the fine arts and all have passed rigorous exams given by the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance and/or the Fred Astaire Curriculum certification.
Our Trophy System
We offer the Fred Astaire Trophy System as an easy way for you to track your progress while you enjoy dancing! Our Beginner and Social Foundation Programs teach newer students the step patterns and techniques to move around the dance floor. From there, a student can progress to either Social Bronze or Advanced Bronze. The main goal of either Bronze level is to get our students to the point where they can dance on any size dance floor, to any music, with any partner and feel comfortable and confident. The Social Bronze focuses more on social dancing and the Advanced Bronze is for students looking to progress beyond “just getting by”. From there, our students can move onto the Silver level and then all the way to the Gold!
Our dance curriculum covers the full range of American, Latin-American, International Style, and Exhibition/Theatre Arts dances. World famous dance champions and registered judges on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board constantly study and review our curriculum to make sure that only the finest, up-to-date programs are being offered to our students.
Give the Gift of Dance, our gift certificates are a great way to introduce that special someone in your life to the world of Ballroom and Latin dancing. They are great for Holidays, Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Anniversaries, or simply just because! The best part is that the cost is the same for a single or a couple so you can come along with the person you are giving it to!
To purchase a gift certificate for an existing student
or someone new… call us at 203-775-6588!