Fred Engelhardt

Joined Fred Astaire Franklin in 2015 from his New Jersey hometown, where he had been teaching American Smooth and Rhythm from a young age. Having trained under the careful tutelage of an old timer in the dance industry, Fred moved to Massachusetts to expand his teaching career and pursue further training in both competitive dancing and social dance instruction. Fred brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge, and true love for dancing. Fred founded the Ballroom program at Fordham University, where he holds a B.A. in Communications and in Spanish. Fred competes regularly with his students and with his professional partner in both American Smooth and Rhythm. He has recently placed 1st in New England’s mixed professional division, and has earned high honors in his certification as an instructor with Fred Astaire!

His favorite pastimes, when not out dancing, includes utilizing his skills in digital media, and volunteering at comic conventions all over the country! Fred takes particular pride in teaching his students and loves to hear stories of their dancing ventures in and out of the studio. Nothing makes him happier than seeing his students fall in love with dance and honing a skill that they will use for the rest of their lives.