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!
Our Introductory Special is a great way to take the first step into the wonderful world of dancing. Fred Astaire Dance Studio provides New Yorkers demand for excellence. Fred Astaire Dance Studio tailors your dance program, whether to prepare for an event, to master a powerful social skill or to become a competitive-level dancer. An overall knowledge of several dances is generally most beneficial, as it makes an individual more versatile and provides him or her with a greater vocabulary in any dance.
However, if you’re primarily interested in a particular dance, a program focusing on that interest can be tailored as well. Dancing gives you confidence in your own physical presence few other activities can provide. It extends beyond the dance floor. It will serve you forever in all other types of social and professional endeavors.
Dancing isn’t just about the steps and music; it’s a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation.
Want to meet new people – Dance!
Dancing is a great way to add excitement to your life. Although learning to dance takes some concentration and even dedication, you will be constantly surrounded by artistic, cheerful people who make it a fun and rewarding experience.
Gain some confidence – Dance!
A wise man once said that the appearance of confidence is confidence. And that’s the one thing all good dancers have in common — confidence. Dancing will give you confidence in your physical presence few other activities can provide. It will serve you forever in all other types of social and even professional endeavors.
Relieve some of the stress in your life – Dance!
In today’s fast-paced world, we sometimes forget to take a moment for ourselves. Dancing provides a temporary escape from your normal daily activities, a chance to relax, relieve stress, and concentrate on yourself.
Bored or intimidated by the gym – Dance!
It’s great cardio-vascular and the national osteoporosis foundation has done studies indicating that ballroom dancing is not only a osteoporosis preventative exercise, but it can be a curative one as well. Dancing offers a combination of athletics and arts in a unique package. It is even an event under consideration by the Olympics, where it is called DanceSport. The pinnacle of exercise and athletics, such endorsement proves its exercise potential and one that can be practiced regardless of age.
Competition can be an important part of the ballroom dance experience. It provides a wonderful tool through which every student can challenge themselves regardless of their level of dancing.
Pro-Am Competition consists of a professional instructor dancing with an amateur student. This is a great opportunity for the student to experience the thrill of competitive dancing with the safety net of a professional’s experience to guide them.
Competitive categories are broken down into age categories, levels of proficiency, and hours of instruction taken. New students may compete after only 25 lessons in the Novice division!
Some people compete for fun and others for the challenge. In the end, the result is the same — their dancing improves.
Competitions also offer a wide array of social settings from casual breakfasts through formal banquets. Best of all they encourage camaraderie between individuals with a common interest. Each competition is a new learning experience and a fascinating opportunity to expose oneself to great dancing.
Should you be more seriously interested in competition, we also offer coachings, seminars and workshops with the best coaches and choreographers in the United States and Europe. These individuals also work with the best competitive professionals in our studio while they are here as well as other professionals from the metropolitan area who avail themselves of these coaches’ “limited engagement” presence at our Fred Astaire West Side.
Get your special
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.
Dance for your Wedding
The wedding dance is one of the most popular programs offered by Fred Astaire Dance Studios.
As this is the first dance for the rest of your life together, we put a great deal of attention and detail into helping you select music and choreography to make the moment truly magical. When choreographing a wedding dance, we take into consideration the couple’s personality, the music, the size of the dance floor, and the time constraints of the couple. We can instruct you in a number of social dances as well to ensure that you will always feel comfortable dancing the night away. Every effort is made to ease the couple’s anxiety and enhance one of the most special days of their life. Don’t procrastinate — call us today in order to give yourself time to feel confident about your dancing before the big day.
How To Get Started
You can get started by:
- Using our Introductory Special Program – If you are interested in exploring 2-3 dances that are popular at weddings, take advantage of our Introductory Special (two 25 minute private lessons and one practice session for only $75.00 per couple.) You will be introduced to the basics of two slow dances (usually popular as a “first” dance), and one faster party dance (to be used during the rest of your celebration). Your teacher will get a chance to understand your needs, goals and current dance skills better prior to starting a First Dance choreography for you. He/She will then be able to recommend a dance lesson package suitable for you.
- Using a Wedding Dance Consultation Lesson – If you have already selected your wedding dance music and/or are very close to your wedding date and rather concentrate on learning your First Dance only, a full wedding consultation lesson may be a better way for you to get started. It is a fifty minute private lesson at the $130.00 price with one of our wedding dance specialists, designed to introduce you to a few of the basic steps that apply to the rhythm of the selected music. After you complete the consultation lesson your teacher will be able to recommend for you one of our wedding packages and you can credit your lesson towards the package of your choice if you decide to continue dancing with us.
- Wedding Packages: A variety of packages specially designed with wedding plans in mind are available. You and your instructor can develop special choreography using basic steps to make your first dance very special for you both and very impressive to your guests. To help that along, you will get a chance to rehearse your first dance at our regular practice sessions. We’re a friendly and encouraging (and safe) audience!!!
If you do not have a song in mind, our staff has a large selection of possible choices for every taste and style. You could also look at some suggestions at The Knot.com. Follow the link below for your convenience. http://wedding.theknot.com/special-wedding-features/fourth-of-july-wedding-ideas/articles/50-classic-first-dance-songs.aspx?MsdVisit=1
If you have already decided what music to use for your first dance, please bring a copy of it with you on an audio CD or IPod.
After your wedding day
We’ve all been at events and noticed that couple who dance together like they’ve done so for all of their lives. Well, we’ll tell you a little secret — they have!!! They’re so at ease in each other’s arms, regardless of the music or the event. We all want to be them. Make dancing a part of your married life just as it’s been a part of your wedding day. It can be a continuing celebration of your lives together. Many couples view the dance lessons after the wedding as their on-going “date night”. With busy professional lives, it’s sometimes difficult to find time to focus on each other, to hold each other in their arms. And building on what you’ve accomplished with your wedding dance you have the tools you need to become that couple everyone looks at, admires and, yes, envies.
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.
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, 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 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.
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!
GIVE THE GIFT OF DANCE
It will last their whole lives long!!
Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and can be used towards lessons, competitions or showcases. The Introductory Special makes a great stocking stuffer and it’s the perfect gift for the guy or gal “that has everything.” (It’s easy to wrap, too!!!) Call us at (212) 595-3200 or stop by for details.