Lessons & Activities

Studios offer instruction on Private and Group levels as well as Practice Sessions and at every Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio, 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!

The Fred Astaire System for Teaching Lessons

At Fred Astaire Midtown, New York, we teach 3 types of lessons. Private, which is one on one instruction. Group, where 8-12 students work with 1 instructor learning the mechanics of a dance. Parties, where 30-40 people come to socialize and dance once a month on Friday night. Each piece of our 3 lesson system for learning work together to help you learn faster and more efficiently than any other method available. Our friendly and encouraging staff will have you feeling comfortable and ready to dance in no time.

Private Lessons: Are scheduled anytime between the hours of 1:30pm and 10:30pm Monday through Friday. Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Midtown, New York excels at teaching people to dance because of our Private Lesson based programs. Private Lessons are the most valuable lessons, because of their individualized approach. On your private lesson your instructor will introduce new concepts of dancing one on one or as a couple. Having the information presented in this one on one format allows the instructor to focus on your needs and tailor the information to you. Every person learns differently and at their own rate. Private Dance Lessons allow you to move at your own pace without the pressure of a group, and develop a much deeper understanding of movement in a fraction of the time. On your Private Dance Lesson you can feel how each dance is supposed to feel through your teacher’s movement.

Group Lessons: Are prescheduled 45 min classes and are available to view on our calendar . Group Lessons will usually have 8-12 students and 1 instructor. Most Group Classes will be focused on one dance (with the exception of the beginner classes) and are designed to teach the “mechanics” of dancing. Balance, control, rhythm and coordination are especially prevalent in the Group Classes because you’re dancing on your own. You will also have the opportunity in Group Class to learn both the lead and follow part of the step. This is especially helpful to understand what your partner is doing while you’re dancing together.

Practice Parties: are a the practice for the big game! The atmosphere at the Party is similar to what you would see when you go out to use your dancing. Wether you’re dancing at a wedding reception, at a salsa club, a black tie gala, or specifically at a ballroom dancing event you will need to know how to navigate a floor. The party gives the perfect opportunity for you to…

Practice your moves with different people ( leading and following).

Practice dancing with other people on the floor (floor craft i.e.. navigation).

Socialize with other people (builds confidence and community).

Practice putting steps together consecutively to a whole song (blending and ad libbing).

just to name a few.

 

Call us today at 1-212-697-6535 to schedule your 2 INTRODUCTORY LESSONS AND A PRACTICE PARTY FOR $75 as our way of welcoming you to our studio. We know everyone has different goals and budgets for their dancing. After your Introductory Lessons we will sit down with you and come up with a plan that is personalized just for you.

Don’t put it off for another moment – walk into our Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Midtown New York and start dancing today!

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Wedding Programs

For Wedding Dance Memories That Will Last a Lifetime…

We know how important your Wedding Day is, and we can help make it even more special!  At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we customize our Wedding Dance Instruction Programs just for you, to give you both the confidence and skills to show off your elegance, style – and maybe even a little personality on the dance floor, on your wedding day. We’ll help you create a special “First Dance” that’s totally “YOU” – be that elegant, contemporary or just plain fun. Amaze your family and friends with your new-found dance skills, and enjoy magical wedding memories that will be yours forever.

Our Customized Wedding Dance Program gives you the confidence and skill to perform a variety of dances. When that magical moment arrives, your friends and family will be amazed!.

In just a short amount of time, our qualified instructors can help you learn a few basic steps or, if you have more time, choreograph the whole dance for you. Whether you want just a few steps to get by or YouTube worthy choreographed dances for the entire wedding party, we’re here for you!

This is also a great way to have fun and relax, before and after the Big Day. Enjoying time together while learning how to dance is a great hobby for any couple to share. Your first dance is such an everlasting expression of love and commitment.

Whether you’re looking for an AMAZING first dance or just looking for some pointers on how to get through those 3 minutes with confidence. Our Customized Wedding Dance Program gives you the confidence and skill to perform a variety of dances. When that magical moment arrives, your friends and family will be amazed!

During your consultation we will sit down with you to discuss the details of your big day. We want each Bride and Groom to feel that their dance is unique to them. Please bring with you your music and some photos of your dress. If you need some help narrowing down a music selection we are more than happy to help.

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Your special day should be all about YOU! Our highly qualified instructors know the questions to ask to help us learn more about you and your fiancé. Having a hard time convincing him that dance lessons are the way to go? No problem! Just get him in the door and we’ll take care of the rest. Our goal is to make learning to dance together a fun and effortless experience that you will both look forward to. Our flexible scheduling makes short deadlines very easy to accommodate. Our friendly and encouraging environment will set you at ease from the moment you walk in the door.

We know that you can choose to go many places for your Wedding Dance Lessons. We pride ourselves in having the BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE AND COMPETITIVE PRICING of any of the locations you could choose. Our goal is to make you comfortable and confident from the moment you step foot onto your floor to the moment you walk off the floor at your reception.

In just a short amount of time, our qualified instructors can help you learn a few basic steps or, if you have more time, choreograph the whole dance for you. Whether you want just a few steps to get by or YouTube worthy choreographed dances for the entire wedding party, we’re here for you!

This is also a great way to have fun and relax, before and after the Big Day. Enjoying time together while learning how to dance is a great hobby for any couple to share. Your first dance is such an everlasting expression of love and commitment.

 

Call today, and let’s talk about your dream wedding dance!

  • Your Wedding Day First Dance
    Your First Dance is an everlasting expression of your love and commitment – for you and your new spouse, as well as for the special guests celebrating with you. From a few simple steps to get by to a fully choreographed routine, we can help make your first dance as unique as the rest of your wedding day.
  • Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dances
    A memorable Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance is a wonderful complement to your First Dance. Including your parents (or the special friends or family members who will be standing in that traditional role) in your wedding dance is a wonderful way to show your love and appreciation. We’d recommend also scheduling a few wedding dance lessons for them, too.
  • Wedding Party Dance Routines
    Looking for something really memorable? We can choreograph a “YouTube-worthy” wedding dance for the whole wedding party, that’s set to your favorite music! Extend those special wedding day moments with an awesome routine you’ll want to re-live, again and again.

Your Day, YOUR Wedding Dance Experience
In just a short amount of time, our certified Dance Instructors can help you learn a few basic steps, so you’ll feel at ease and confident on your wedding day. Have something bigger in mind? We can choreograph the whole dance with you – even include the wedding party! There are no hard & fast rules – so you decide on the plan. We do recommend scheduling your lessons at least a month before the ceremony (and further in advance, for more involved routines) so give us call today for a consult. Bring along your favorite song, pictures of your venue, wedding dress… everything you’d like to share, to help us make your dream dance a reality.

Have Fun Along the Way To Wedding Day!
Wedding dance lessons are a great way to have fun and relax before the Big Day. With all the decisions, schedules and deadlines involved in wedding planning, enjoying this time together that’s just for you can help you both de-stress and re-energize – and we promise you’ll have lots of fun doing it! Contact us today, and give everyone at your wedding a dance to remember.

 


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Teaching Methods

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 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 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!

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!


Gift Certificates

Give the Gift of Dance, our gift certificates are a great way to introduce that special someone in your life to the world of Ballroom and Latin dancing. They are great for Holidays, Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Anniversaries, or simply just because!

The best part is that the cost is the same for a single or a couple so you can come along with the person you are giving it to!

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