Teaching Methods

Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Teaching Methods

Our Studio offers instruction on Private and Group levels as well as Practice Sessions and 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!
Lessons for Ballroom Dance are as easy as 1-2-3 with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Greenwich CT. You can look great on the dance floor in a few short weeks! We provide a variety of dance lesson programs at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Greenwich from Ballroom Dancing to Zumba® dance fitness.

About our Group Lessons & Practice Parties:

Beginner – Tuesdays 7:30-8:15 PM
In this class you learn the four elements of great dancing, essential for all dance styles. Afterwards, we will introduce you to the basic one of the seven dances found in the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Beginner’s Syllabus along with one variation. Enjoy learning the fundamentals of social dancing in a fun and relaxed group setting. Start any time, ongoing sessions. No partner or experience necessary!

Theme Nights – Mondays, 7:45-8:30 PM
Each month, we pick a fun dance to focus on and take you through step-by-step. Have fun dancing with your partner, other students and instructors as we build your social dancing skills each week. By the end of the month, you’ll be comfortable showing off your skills, so put all that hard practice to good use at our practice party. You’ll feel how much you’ve improved! We plan a new theme each month, from Waltz into Winter to Havana Nights. We can’t wait to get you dancing! Start any time, ongoing sessions. No partner necessary!

Practice & Guest Parties – Thursdays, 8:15-9:00 PM
We set the mood, the music starts the groove, and everyone has the time of their life! Meet and mingle with other dancers: Our Practice parties mix work and quite a bit of play with fun activities, demonstrations, and a chance to practice everything you have learned during private lessons and groups you have attended. Parties are open to the public! No partner or experience necessary!  Give us a call today at 203-340-2760. We will help you choose the right program and get you started!

Dance lessons at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Greenwich are always the right move. From our beautiful ballroom to our talented professional staff, you will find our dance lessons are top notch. We are continually training and developing our staff to provide the utmost in customer service and quality of dance lessons. We teach many types of dance including Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Salsa, Hustle and more! We specialize in American smooth and Rhythm styles as well as International Standard and Latin. We teach Wedding couples their first dance, check out our blog To Choreograph or not to Choreograph. We can create custom choreography or teach social dancing to be able to perform perfectly at your wedding. Furthermore, we can help with music, dance shoes and many more parts of your special day. Whether you’re looking to be a seasoned dance competitor or just look like you know what you’re doing at weddings and parties. Our talented staff of professional dance instructors will provide the best lessons in Fairfield County. We provide lessons to many of our surrounding towns Stamford CT, New Canaan CT, Darien CT, Portchester NY, Harrison NY, Armonk, NY, West Chester NY.

It is our privilege to carry the trade name Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and we are committed to upholding the admired reputation of our co-founder, Mr. Fred Astaire, in everything we do. The warm, joyful, and 100% nonjudgmental atmosphere you’ll discover at Fred Astaire Dance Studios is because of that commitment – and because our students have truly motivating and FUN experiences as they learn to dance!

The Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Curriculum

Originally inspired by Fred Astaire’s superb style of dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ ballroom dance curriculum covers the full range of American, Latin-American, International Style, Exhibition/Theater Arts dances and more. World famous dance champions and registered members of the Fred Astaire International Dance Council continually study and review our curriculum, to ensure that only the finest, most up-to-date programs are offered to our students. Our unique teaching method includes a three-tiered system of regularly scheduled private lessons, group classes and practice parties.

Private Lessons

Private lessons, with one or more dance instructors, give you the specialized and personalized attention to look and feel confident on the dance floor, while developing the ability to lead or follow any partner. We move at your pace, perfecting and polishing your dancing all the while.

Group Classes

Group classes complement your private lessons, because this is where patterns, technique, and style are learned. Group classes also enable you to meet other students with similar dancing goals, develop balance, and learn the mechanics of dancing.

Practice Parties

Regularly scheduled practice parties complete the information taught in your private lessons and group classes. At Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ practice parties, we turn down the lights, turn up the music, and enjoy time dancing with different people in a relaxed social setting. Practice parties help you “put it all together”, aid with music identification, and help you learn how not to run into other people on the dance floor. Practice parties are a great (& FUN!) way to apply what you’re learning.

The Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Trophy System

The Fred Astaire Dance Studios Trophy System offers 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 comfortably around the dance floor. From there, students can progress to the Bronze Trophy Program (our most popular!), which enables students to dance on any size dance floor, to any music, with any partner, and feel comfortable and confident. From there, students can continue to the Silver Program and then all the way to Gold!

New Online Tools!

While our company’s history is rooted in the classic Golden Age of Hollywood, we’re proud to also be on the cutting edge of dance instruction! Our virtual collection includes several state-of-the-art offerings that help new students discover the joy of dance, and help current students empower their lessons with valued-added benefits:

  • Online Lessons Platform:  browse our extensive (& growing!) library of dance content and dance lesson videos – many FREE, in all styles and techniques and led by our certified  instructors and world-renowned Int’l Dance Council Members. This platform is a great way for our current students to supplement in-studio instruction with streaming and video lessons, and for EVERYONE  to discover the joy of dance!
  • Private Online Streaming Lessons: You can now book private, one-on-one streaming dance lessons with some of the most world-renowned dance professionals in the ballroom industry – our International Dance Council member coaches & 2019 Open Dance Champions!
  • Online Trophy System:  as an enrolled student, this program offers you online access to dance patterns for your enrollment level (and below), so you can practice your curriculum at home, any time – as much as you’d like!

Social dancing is one of the most popular pastimes in the world – enjoyed in every country, by people of all ages. In the art of getting to know and getting along with people, dancing is a genuine social advantage. The good news is that because dancing is a natural form of human self-expression, every person is a potential dancer! At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, you’ll find that learning to dance, (like dancing itself), is filled with exhilaration and a sense of accomplishment. As you begin to master this timeless art, you will come to realize the countless social, physical, emotional and aesthetic benefits of dance. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned ballroom dancer, our staff will do their very best to bring out the dancer in you, and help you achieve your dance goals. And you’ll have so much fun along the way, we know you’ll want to keep coming back! Contact us today, let’s get started!

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