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Why Fred Astaire Dance Studios?

A feeling of family, with all of its warmth and unique closeness, is the hallmark of Fred Astaire Dance Studio locations. Clients pick up on that vibe quite readily – many say it is the most noticeable aspect of the studio from the moment they first set foot inside – there’s an atmosphere of conviviality and positivity to go with an energetic feel. No one judges another student at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, so that each can learn at his or her own pace while garnering the support of others. What drives us is our mission of enriching lives in a number of ways – through physical training, mental and emotional support and by creating social avenues – that is the awesome transformative power of dance. People begin taking dance lessons for many reasons, and one of them is pure enjoyment. When new students discover the many great aspects of ballroom dancing, they return from more lessons, more practice parties and more of that community feeling. Dance is the complete package for improving your life, physical and emotional health…

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Types of Dance:

Argentine Tango

Although the exact origins of the dance (and the word) are lost to legend, Tango originated in Argentina in the late 1800s.

Bolero

Classic Bolero, introduced in Spain in 1780, is truly the “dance of love”, and is performed to music featuring a constant beat of drums.

Cha Cha

A Cuban dance derived from the Mambo and Rumba; its name comes from the rhythm developed by a syncopation of the fourth beat.

East Coast Swing

East Coast Swing evolved from the Lindy Hop in the 1940s, and is perhaps the most famous American folk dance.

Foxtrot

In 1912, Vaudeville dancer Harry Fox was the first to use the “slow step”, danced to an exhilarating new style of music – ragtime.

Hustle

A more modern entry, this disco style was most popular in the nightclub scene from the late 1960s through the 1970s.

Jive

This style evolved from popular American dances of the 1930s such as Jitterbug, Boogie-Woogie, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, etc.

Mambo

First introduced in Latin America in the 1930s, Mambo attained instantaneous popularity in American film and pop culture.

Merengue

Lore has this dance originating at a royal fiesta honoring a returning war hero, in either Haiti or the Dominican Republic.

Paso Doble

This dance dates back many centuries, and was originally intended for use at bullfights when the matador was victorious in the arena.

Quickstep

The Quickstep has its roots in 1920s New York City Ragtime, and only later became a partner dance.

Rumba

Characterized by a smooth, subtle hip motion and a heavy walking step, Rumba first invaded the U.S. in the early 1930s.

Salsa

Salsa combines passion, energy, sensuous style and joy, and has its origins in the Afro-Cuban dance, Rumba.

Samba

Of Brazilian origin, this festive serenade features a repetitive melody, continually interrupted by the strumming of a guitar.

Tango

The romantic Tango descended from an early Spanish folk dance, and features intriguing asymmetrical and sophisticated dance patterns.

Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz was first danced by European royalty in the 1800s, and was deemed startling due to the close proximity of the dancers.

Waltz

The Waltz dates back to Bavaria 400 years ago, but it was not introduced into “society” until 1812, when it first appeared in English ballrooms.

West Coast Swing

With its sophisticated style and easy adaptation to contemporary rock music, this 1950s style quickly gained popularity in the U.S.

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Create a Dance to Remember!

From a simple First Dance, to “YouTube-worthy” routines for the entire bridal party, we can help you make your Wedding Day even more special!

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Benefits of Dance

Ballroom dancing combines a great physical workout, positive social interaction, and intense mental stimulation. These are all plusses for your life and well-being. Dance offers us many excellent physical and mental health benefits, while opening the door for the expression of creativity. It can expand your social life, reduce stress and depression, allow for relaxation – and it’s just plain fun. Considering all of these reasons for you to begin dancing, we challenge you to find a single good reason you shouldn’t.

Ballroom dancing is that perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation, and it can bring so much to your life.

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