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Fred Astaire Dance Studios opens central Pa. location
The studio features ballroom and Latin style dance lessons for all ages and abilities.
York County has a new studio for ballroom dancing, and the studio is part of a franchise that bears the name of the late legendary actor and dancer, Fred Astaire.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio of York has opened at Delco Plaza, 1113 Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township. The studio is located in a new 4,000-square-foot facility which includes 1,700 square feet of dance floor space.
The studio features ballroom and Latin style dance lessons for all ages and abilities, and is open from noon – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio of York opened in May and is owned by Steven Parker and Tara White Timple. Parker and White Timple met more than a decade ago at a dance studio in Knoxville, Tennessee, when White Timple and her late husband began taking dance lessons at a studio where Parker was teaching. Seven years later, Parker became an instructor and trainer at a dance studio in York County and White Timple signed up to take some of his group classes. When White Timple decided to open the dance studio she asked Parker to join her. He has more than 24 years of experience working in the dance industry.
A grand opening celebration will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. July 20, and will feature professional dance performances, free beginner dance lessons, and refreshments. A ribbon-cutting will be held at 5:30 p.m. during the grand opening celebration.
New Fred Astaire Dance Studio opens near York
West Manchester Township site to offer lessons from novice to advanced dancers.
Steven Parker has been a student, teacher and choreographer in the world of dance since 1994, back when the average age of new students was 65.
Now, the average age has dropped down to 45, and Parker and others at the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio near York want to capitalize on that youth movement, as well as the overall interest in dance.
The Fred Astaire studio at 1113 Carlisle Road, in a former Infinito’s Buffet in West Manchester Township, opened May 1. It will hold an official grand opening celebration next Thursday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring professional dance performances, free beginner dance lessons and a grand opening cake by a famed pastry chef, Susan Notter.
Parker is the manager at the new 4,000-square-foot facility in Delco Plaza, which offers 1,700 square feet of dance floor space. He is one of four people on staff, all dance teachers.
“No matter the experience, or lack thereof, we want to work with our students to help them reach their full potential,” Parker said Tuesday. “The mark of a good teacher is one who inspires their students to want to learn more.”
The Fred Astaire studio offers ballroom and Latin dance lessons in group classes and private instruction, and in all styles of dance – waltz, foxtrot, salsa and tango – its webpage states.
The studio owner is veteran dancer Tara White Timple, a native of York Haven and owner of Bob’s Intowne Spas of York. She spent more than two decades as an entrepreneur in York, according to a York County Economic Alliance news release, and first met Parker when Timple and her late husband began taking dance lessons at a studio in Knoxville, Tenn.
“Steven is an exceptional dance instructor. With his experience in the dancing industry and my years knowing the business community in York, I saw a good fit,” Timple said in the news release. “Ballroom dancing has been a passion of ours for so many years. We couldn’t be more excited to share that passion with the people of York in our new studio.”
The Fred Astaire chain is based in Massachusetts, and has some 140 U.S. locations, with other studios in the United Kingdom and five other countries.