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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 of Narragansett is the premier dance studio in Southern Rhode Island.

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About

Welcome to the Newest and Most Exciting Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio of Rhode Island

 

Ballroom Dance Lessons, Latin Dance Lessons, Wedding Program, Wheel Chair Program, Kids Program, Private Dance Lessons, Group Dance Lessons, Friday Night Social Dance Parties

Our hours are 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday by appointment.

East Greenwich, North Kingston, South Kingston, Narragansett, Wakefield, Jamestown, Newport, Charlestown, Westerly and all neighboring cities of Rhode Island.

At the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Narragansett, we are proud to offer the best of Ballroom & Latin Dance instruction. Everything from Private Dance Lessons, Group Dance Lessons, as well as Social Dance Parties and Events, we are the Dance Studio for you.

The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Narragansett specializes in teaching brand new students, giving them confidence, a sense of rhythm and a LOVE for dance. Join the environment of fun, excitement, and entertainment!

 

Caleb and Rusina are now certified by World Para Dance Sport!

 

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Narragansett offers the best quality of dance instruction in:

Wedding Dance Lessons

Popular Social and Nightclub dance favorites such as Salsa, Merengue, Hustle, and Swing

Ballroom Dance Lessons such as the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and more!

Latin-American Dance Lessons like Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, and Jive

….and so much more!

Continuing in the tradition of the great Fred Astaire, our certified dance instructors will help you reach all of your dancing goals, whether you are aspiring to be a confident social dancer or a highly trained competitor. We offer all kinds of dance lessons – from Ballroom to Latin to country-western!

Our studio, owned by husband and wife team, Caleb and Rusina Converse, offers a full range of Ballroom and Latin dance lessons for all ages, at all ability levels, and with or without a partner. “Bringing dancing to people is what makes us happy. The joy and fun that can be had on the dance floor are life changing and we look forward to sharing this with the Narragansett Community”

All lessons are taught by our Certified Dance Instructors. No matter if you are looking for Private Dance Lessons, Group Dance Lessons, Wedding Dance Lessons, Wheel Chair Dance Lessons or Competitive Dance Lessons, we are the Dance Studio for you!

The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Narragansett enjoys being a part of the community and giving back. We will be participating in numerous auctions and fundraisers, including local dancing with the stars events. We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and share the love of dance with everyone.

We love the many special activities we offer in the studio such as Friday Night Dance Parties, Studio Dress Rehearsals, Guest Parties, Team Matches, Showcases and more. And of course we have a blast participating in regional and national events with other Fred Astaire Dance Studios from around New England and the country.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Studio Family!

The Team of Narragansett Fred Astaire Dance Studio

 

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Why Choose Fred Astaire Dance Studios?

From wedding dance instruction, a new hobby or way to connect with your partner, improving your social life, physical and emotional health, or taking your dance skills to the next level, dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios will result in faster learning, higher levels of achievement – and lots of smiles. So, why should you choose Fred Astaire Dance Studios?

Because an atmosphere of kindness, warmth and inspiration awaits you at every Fred Astaire Dance Studio!
It’s what our clients tell us they notice from the first time they step inside – a friendly energy, and a sense of “FADS community” that is welcoming, 100% non-judgmental, and truly joyful! Our passion is helping to enrich lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially – through the positive, transforming power of dance.

Because ballroom dance lessons should always 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 our friendly and inspirational atmosphere will help make your ballroom dance journey a reality. There are thousands of reasons why people start dance lessons – and once we show you how much fun ballroom dancing can be, we know you’ll want to keep coming back!

Because ballroom dance has so many benefits!
Ballroom dancing is a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation – and it can bring so much to your life. It’s a great workout; has documented physical and mental health benefits; can enhance your social life and self-confidence; reduces stress and depression; promotes relaxation; is a wonderful outlet for self-expression and creativity; and it’s FUN!! With all these reasons to start dancing – we challenge you to find a good reason NOT to.

Because our ballroom dance curriculum helps you learn faster, and achieve more!
Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ proven program of Private Lessons, Group Lessons and Practice Parties ensures that you learn as much as possible, in the shortest amount of time, with the most retention, and the most FUN. In fact, you’ll be on your way to confident dancing by the end of your very first lesson! Our repertoire covers the full range of ballroom dances – American, Latin, International Style, Ballroom Style, even Exhibition and Theater Arts dances, for both social and competitive dancers.

Because of our talented, professional Dance Instructors!
Fred Astaire Dance Studio Instructors are gifted dance educators who hail from all over the world, and truly love what they do. Many have Fine Arts degrees and are actively-competing, award-winning professional dancers. Our Dance Instructors all complete the rigorous work required to become certified in the Fred Astaire Curriculum – which presents the building blocks of partner dance in the way that people naturally learn. Our dance curriculum, coupled with our Instructors’ compassion, energy and kindness will help ensure you get the most from your dance lessons.

Because of our exciting ballroom dance events & 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.

Because of our money-saving Intro Offer!
Take advantage of our special introductory offer just for you, and take the first step towards realizing your ballroom dance goals. Simply submit the Info Form at the bottom of this page, and we’ll be in touch with exciting details about our program options and a special discount just for new students (which is sure to get you dancing!). Stop in & share your dance goals with us, and we’ll help you get there!

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor soon.

 

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Narragansett

1C Pier Market Place,

Narragansett, RI 02882, USA

401-515-4007

HOURS Monday – Friday: 1:00pm to 9:30pm.

   

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As a student at Fred Astaire, you’ll be invited to some of the finest dance championships and events around. Recently, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Narragansett participated in a charity event called “Dancing With Our Heroes.” The event was sponsored by The Fred Astaire Dance Studios of New England and all proceeds go to […]

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2 Private Lessons, 1 Group Class, 1 Friday Night Practice Party For Just $55!

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History of Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Today, one almost can’t turn on the TV or radio, or open a newspaper, magazine, or web page without hearing a mention of Mr. Fred Astaire in reference to dancing. He has left a lasting impact on the world and when people think of a dancing legend, Fred Astaire is the first to come to mind. We are proud of our great dance heritage which began in 1947 when the Master of dance himself, Mr. Fred Astaire, co-founded our company.

Mr. Fred Astaire, considered to be the greatest multitalented dancer of all time, wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name to make sure that his techniques would be preserved and passed onto the public. Mr. Astaire was instrumental in the choice of dance curriculum and instructional techniques. With the opening of the first Fred Astaire Studio on Park Avenue in New York City, Fred Astaire brought his immense talent out of the glamour of Hollywood and onto the dance floors of America and the world.

“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born.” Astaire once observed. “All the good dancers I’ve known have been taught or trained. To me, dancing has always been fun. I enjoy every minute of it. I am glad that I can now put my knowledge to use in bringing personal confidence and a feeling of achievement to so many people.”

Today, numerous Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located in cities throughout North America and internationally, are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence through our National Dance Board and Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios curriculum certification. Although Mr. Astaire is no longer with us in person, our studios have produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers who are the living embodiment of his style and grace.

 

 

Mr. Fred Astaire

Biography Of Mr. Fred Astaire

Fred-AstaireFred Astaire, born in 1899, began show business at the age of 5, performing on Broadway and in vaudeville with his sister, Adele. Then he headed to Hollywood where he began a successful partnership with Ginger Rogers for nine movies.
By 1976, he had made 33 musical films with esteemed co-stars such as Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse. He also co-starred with the biggest actors of that time, including Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, and Gene Kelly.

Fred Astaire was not only a great dancer – changing the face of the American movie musical with his style and grace – but he was also an actor in many different dramatic and comedic roles in both movies and TV specials. He won multiple Emmys for his work in television. The Towering Inferno (1974) earned him an Oscar nomination. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1950 for his “unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures.”
Fred Astaire died in 1987 from pneumonia. With his passing, we lost a true dancing legend. His effortless lightness and grace may never be seen again. As Mikhail Baryshnikov observed at the time of his death, “No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.”

Fred Astaire’s Dance Partners

Although famous for his magical partnership with Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire also danced with the leading ladies of his time, including Cyd Charisse, Lucille Bremer, Joan Leslie, Leslie Caron, Vera Ellen, Barrie Chase, Judy Garland, Eleanor Powell and Rita Hayworth.
“For ballroom dancing, remember that your partners have their own distinctive styles also. Cultivate flexibility. Be able to adapt your style to that of your partner. In doing so, you are not surrendering your individuality, but blending it with that of your partner.”
– Fred Astaire from The Fred Astaire Top Hat Dance Album, 1936

Fred Astaire Films

Fred Astaire starred in 31 musical films. He was famous for his collaboration with Ginger Rogers in the following films:

  • Flying Down To Rio (1933)
  • The Gay Divorcee (1934)
  • Roberta (1935)
  • Top Hat (1935)
  • Follow The Fleet (1936)
  • Swing Time (1936)
  • Shall We Dance (1937)
  • Carefree (1938)
  • The Story Of Vernon & Irene Castle (1939)
  • The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)

Songs Introduced By Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire introduced many classic songs by famous American composers, including:

  • Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” from The Gay Divorcee (1932)
  • Jerome Kern’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It” from A Damsel In Distress (1937) and “A Fine Romance,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “Never Gonna Dance” from Swing Time (1936)
  • Irving Berlin’s “Cheek To Cheek” and “Isn’t This A Lovely Day” from Top Hat (1936) and “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” from Follow The Fleet (1936)
  • Gershwins’ “A Foggy Day” from A Damsel In Distress (1937) and “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “They All Laughed,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Shall We Dance” from Shall We Dance (1937)