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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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Two thirty minute private lessons.

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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.

 

What Can Dance Do For You?

 

HOW DANCE CHANGED MY LIFE: OWNER EDITION 

 

Hello, everyone! My name is Shannon and I own the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The first question I get asked after I tell people that I own a Fred Astaire Dance Studio is always the same. “Wow! What made you get into that line of work?” I always tend to say how much I love it, how it changed my life for the better, or how much I love seeing it change other’s lives for the better. The one thing I realized I never really do, is tell people HOW it changed my life. I tend to ask my students and other dancers why they love to dance- but never answer the question myself. So here I am to tell you about how dance changed my life for SO much better.

First things first, we must start 7 years ago…

I was in my Law 101 class when my teacher said she was going to start a ballroom dance club. Me, of course, wanting to do anything I could to please my teacher, eagerly said I would join. Little did I know, that very moment was the moment that would alter my entire life. Fast forward to a year later, my senior year in H.S., and here I was again in this ballroom dance club. I loved it, I hated when I didn’t have it after school, and I started to attend the Friday night parties at the studio. Now, Senior Project was coming up, and while I THOUGHT I wanted to do it at a law firm — I instead decided to do it at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Willoughby, Ohio.

Let me tell you- I was not prepared for the profound change that just one week in this studio would have on me. Andrea, the owner, took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. Believe me, I wasn’t very good at them at the time… She was patient when I was too scared to answer the phone, and understanding when I just did NOT get that you don’t let a person come in the door without saying hello. The entire staff was welcoming, reassuring, and made me feel like I’d chosen the right place. Within a week after completing my Senior Project, Andrea had asked if I would like to work as a receptionist for the studio. I remember SO distinctly what that moment felt like. I remember saying yes, walking out to the parking lot and running into another student, and all but jumping for joy and crying tears of happiness! I had recently gone through a hardship that rocked my world every which way you could name.  But dancing… dancing changed all of that. This job that I thought would make me happy while helping pay for textbooks and my Starbucks addiction; would become my life’s path.

I went from being an introverted, closed-off, grungy, punk loving girl-  to a happy, extroverted, boisterous, Frank Sinatra loving girl. I turned on the Latin radio station every day and would do the little salsa that I knew over, and over, and OVER! I so desperately wanted to know this magical land of happiness that all my new co-workers were currently residing in. I finally decided to jump all in, toes in the water, and to my surprise—it was like a hot tub. My world filled with happiness, music, laughter, exercise, all wrapped up in one simple word: dancing.

From there on out, and throughout the last seven years being with Fred Astaire Dance Studios, I have developed into the type of person my 5 year old self wanted to be. Happy, confident, physical, and well-rounded. (At least I’d like to think so!) I went from being glass half-empty, to glass half-full—heck, glass ALL THE WAY FULL! The combination of music, movement, concentration… it’s enough to fill every human need. Stress relief, exercise, social life, education, love. It all came to me and filled my empty head and heart. I have met some of the most incredible people that I consider myself beyond lucky to have met. I fell in love with my husband, who is also a dancer with Fred Astaire Dance Studios. I have traveled the world to places I never thought I would go. I have learned a skill that CHANGES PEOPLES LIVES!

I found that one size fits all pair of pants that actually IS a one size fits all. So, there you have it, folks. I fell in love with dance because it really, truly, changed my life

What Can Dance Do For You?

 

HOW DANCE CHANGED MY LIFE: OWNER EDITION 

 

Hello, everyone! My name is Shannon and I own the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The first question I get asked after I tell people that I own a Fred Astaire Dance Studio is always the same. “Wow! What made you get into that line of work?” I always tend to say how much I love it, how it changed my life for the better, or how much I love seeing it change other’s lives for the better. The one thing I realized I never really do, is tell people HOW it changed my life. I tend to ask my students and other dancers why they love to dance- but never answer the question myself. So here I am to tell you about how dance changed my life for SO much better.

First things first, we must start 7 years ago…

I was in my Law 101 class when my teacher said she was going to start a ballroom dance club. Me, of course, wanting to do anything I could to please my teacher, eagerly said I would join. Little did I know, that very moment was the moment that would alter my entire life. Fast forward to a year later, my senior year in H.S., and here I was again in this ballroom dance club. I loved it, I hated when I didn’t have it after school, and I started to attend the Friday night parties at the studio. Now, Senior Project was coming up, and while I THOUGHT I wanted to do it at a law firm — I instead decided to do it at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Willoughby, Ohio.

Let me tell you- I was not prepared for the profound change that just one week in this studio would have on me. Andrea, the owner, took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. Believe me, I wasn’t very good at them at the time… She was patient when I was too scared to answer the phone, and understanding when I just did NOT get that you don’t let a person come in the door without saying hello. The entire staff was welcoming, reassuring, and made me feel like I’d chosen the right place. Within a week after completing my Senior Project, Andrea had asked if I would like to work as a receptionist for the studio. I remember SO distinctly what that moment felt like. I remember saying yes, walking out to the parking lot and running into another student, and all but jumping for joy and crying tears of happiness! I had recently gone through a hardship that rocked my world every which way you could name.  But dancing… dancing changed all of that. This job that I thought would make me happy while helping pay for textbooks and my Starbucks addiction; would become my life’s path.

I went from being an introverted, closed-off, grungy, punk loving girl-  to a happy, extroverted, boisterous, Frank Sinatra loving girl. I turned on the Latin radio station every day and would do the little salsa that I knew over, and over, and OVER! I so desperately wanted to know this magical land of happiness that all my new co-workers were currently residing in. I finally decided to jump all in, toes in the water, and to my surprise—it was like a hot tub. My world filled with happiness, music, laughter, exercise, all wrapped up in one simple word: dancing.

From there on out, and throughout the last seven years being with Fred Astaire Dance Studios, I have developed into the type of person my 5 year old self wanted to be. Happy, confident, physical, and well-rounded. (At least I’d like to think so!) I went from being glass half-empty, to glass half-full—heck, glass ALL THE WAY FULL! The combination of music, movement, concentration… it’s enough to fill every human need. Stress relief, exercise, social life, education, love. It all came to me and filled my empty head and heart. I have met some of the most incredible people that I consider myself beyond lucky to have met. I fell in love with my husband, who is also a dancer with Fred Astaire Dance Studios. I have traveled the world to places I never thought I would go. I have learned a skill that CHANGES PEOPLES LIVES!

I found that one size fits all pair of pants that actually IS a one size fits all. So, there you have it, folks. I fell in love with dance because it really, truly, changed my life

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