Reviews and Testimonials

“Fantastic teachers and over all nice people.”


“The staff at Brookfield FADS are always welcoming. The instructors are excellent and well trained. They make lessons fun and are so encouraging and enthusiastic! I always leave wanting to come back for more!”


“We love it! It started as “date night”, and now we are trying to learn to dance together. The staff are very knowledgeable and are excellent teachers.”

Anonymous 


“Your Instructor Ms Nicole was amazing. She has real intuitive approach to dance instruction. Could break down the move into simple steps for me to lead off of. She is the main reason Fred Astaire is worth visiting for us.”

Ralph H.


“Fantastic location— Great staff and instructors very friendly. Would recommend the Brookfield location to my friends. ”

Catherine S.


“I enjoy the knowledgeable staff, teachers and enjoy all the great dances and dance moves! High recommend to anyone.”

Justin B.


“Everyone is very friendly and make you feel welcome. The hugs when you arrive and leave the studio from all of the staff and other students you have met along the way makes you feel like family. The talent and the knowledge of the instructors is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. The talent of the instructors is amazing and I want to give thanks to my two instructors Alex and Sergio for their patience and playfulness during my lessons and at the parties. I never thought I would be doing Ballroom Dancing but thanks to them I have picked up a few steps along the way and am comfortable dancing with others.

Luane K.


“As a New Year’s resolution to challenge myself, I signed up for three ballroom dance classes at Fred Astaire Brookfield. At first, I told myself that I was taking lessons just for “fun.” Secretly, I hoped that I would lose weight, have better balance and poise, and be able to look like I was dancing in social occasions. By May, I was a few dress sizes smaller, standing taller, and excited to learn new dances. By July, I signed up for my first ballroom National competition in Puerto Rico. Dressed in my Wisconsin Fred Astaire warm-up and equipped with a suitcase of fake eyelashes, makeup, hair extensions, and dance shoes, I joined my instructors and fellow dancers at the airport for our Caribbean adventure.”

“What I remember most from the competition is the feeling that the Fred Astaire dance staff and clients were cheering for me from the moment they say me at the airport terminal. I may have been just a beginner, but I was their beginner.”

“I have officially been dancing for a year. My instructors have patiently nurtured me through each new challenge.”

-Dawn Paquelet (Student)


Video Review by Acsa Buening (Current Student):


 

“I started at FADS to get over a fear of dancing. I’ve bungee jumped, responded to bomb threats and worse, but it still took me 4 attempts to get the nerve up to walk in the studio and take a lesson. Ms. Anderson listened without judgement and helped me get through the basics in a flash. I was hooked. I practiced almost every day the studio was open and competed in the 2014 Danceathon at Patowanami Casino after only two months of starting. My instructors listened when I was struggling with a step and helped me find learning points when I was having an anxiety attack and wanted to quit. It didn’t take long to consider the FADS staff family, and noticed I pass on those positive experiences to students who have joined after me. Students share tips and bond over favorite dance moves, or how to get over performance anxiety. Learning a skill takes time but it’s been fun showing off for friends, family and making the ex-girlfriend jealous. I can’t wait to come back.”

-Mike Tredupp (Student)


Video Review by Ralph Chicorel (Current Student)


 

“After 25 years of marriage with my husband saying that he can’t dance, it was time for him to give dancing a try. Fred Astaire Brookfield is the best thing that has happened to us! Everyone there from the reception and office personnel, to the professional instructors, to the manager and owner has been absolutely the most welcoming, friendly people we have ever met. Dancing has changed our lives. We not only have gained knowledge about dance, but also, the confidence needed to dance. Because of the instructors, we can go out on a dance floor and trust that we can indeed dance.”

“How do I know that my husband actually enjoys dancing and is not just doing it for me? My once reluctant-to-dance husband now wants to know more and more dance steps and techniques, smiles when dancing, does not like to have too many days in between lessons and wants to practice what we learned at home.”

“As for me, I have always loved to dance and have always wanted lessons. The instructors her have not only the skills and knowledge, but most importantly they have patience. They know, understand, encourage and genuinely enjoy adult learners. That is why I love this studio and its people. There have been so many times I have felt like Ginger Rogers after a lesson. I have learned more than I ever could have dreamed possible and felt so much joy doing it. I have been able to perform at Friday night parties and am looking forward to one day possibly competing.”

“If you ever wanted to learn to dance, Fred Astaire Brookfield is the place to begin your dance journey. You are treated like family where everybody knows your name. Cheers!”

-Michael and Mary Saindon (Current Students)


Video Review by Jeanne Hanson (Current Student)


 

‘It was a phenomenal experience. As an urban educator, I am always nervous when ‘outsiders’ come in to our family. Our students lead such volatile lives, you just never know what baggage they are carrying that day. The professionals were amazing! Related to them right away, got them moving, had great personalities and didn’t even give them a chance to second guess themselves! They had so much fun and were moving more than I have ever seen them move! I loved seeing their excitement and to see them having so much fun! The misx of teaching, demonstrating and the question/answer session was perfect!! It was amazing to hear them at dismissal bragging to their friends about being taught by REAL dancers!!! Thank you so much for this experience. The students are already asking for more. We are so very grateful to expose our students to this lifetime sport!’

-Jennifer Stever, Educator at NOVA Tech High School

(On a physical education dance class done by two of our Fred Astaire Brookfield professionals)


Video Review by Margi Lockwood (Current Student)


 

“What started as a thoughtful Christmas gift to my wife in 2005 developed into a weekly date night at the Brookfield Fred Astaire dance studio. At the time, Cathy and I were looking forward to our son’s wedding the following June. Knowing that she loved to dance and would thoroughly enjoy ballroom lessons, I took the plunge. Admittedly, my interests lie more in outdoor pursuits. I’d rather fish than dance, but with our kids grown and on their own (mostly) I thought this would be a good way to reconnect with my wife (and see her in a skirt once a week). Seven years later and still dancing I know I made the right choice!”

“We started with very modest goals – learn some ballroom basics for my son’s wedding – and today we are working toward Fred’s “silver” level in four dances – fox trot, rumba, cha-cha and bolero. Along the way we’ve sampled many more and continue to add to our reserve. There isn’t much we won’t attempt and can usually find something to dance to whether its Sinatra, Springsteen or Pitbull.”

“I think learning to lead and follow as a couple is more difficult than what single students experience with their instructor, but the benefits are worth it. We dance as a couple and look forward to weddings, cruise ships and any social events with a band or DJ. Our teachers – Slash and Meghan – listen to where we want to go with our dancing and push us to get there, but the whole staff has a role in our development. Whether offering a different perspective, cheering during a Friday night performance or offering a tip while dancing at one of the studio’s parties, the Brookfield family keeps us motivated and excited about learning.”

-Bob and Cathy Kutney (Current Students)


Video Review By Ruth VanZelst (Current Student)


 

“Mr. Ennis and I started taking lessons with Fred Astaire last November because we wanted to prepare for some upcoming holiday parties and weddings. We always admired Mr. Ennis’ aunt and uncle who could glide across the dance floor together with perfect harmony. We wanted to be able to dance like them or at least look like we knew what we were doing. Fred Astaire assigned us a teacher that they thought would be a good fit for us and boy, did they pick the right one. Her encouragement, patience and sense of humor made our lessons fun and made us want to continue. Over the following months she was able to challenge us but not push us into progressing through the next levels. During this time another teacher was added to our program and again, it was a perfect fit for us. He was able to compliment what our first teacher was teaching us. He was also patient, encouraging and fun to work with. We progressed even faster. Here we are, almost 12 months later enjoying dancing and having so much fun together, it’s like “date night” every time we dance. Thank you FADS!”

-Michael and Monica Ennis (Students)