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Fred Astaire Dance Studios, in the News!

At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, it’s always exciting when our talented staff & students, and exciting events & locations are celebrated in the media! From local community stories to national news, our goal is to help share the inspiring examples of how the positive and transforming power of dance enriches lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Browse these links, and perhaps discover something new and engaging about dance. Then, step in to Fred Astaire Dance Studios and experience the joy and confidence that dance lessons can bring to your life.

We’re In the News!

Read below to find ballroom dance news and dance information about Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Old Saybrook. We are always excited to see our talented staff and students in our local news impacting the community. Our instructors are always willing and able to educate the public about the benefits of ballroom dance. From mental and physical health benefits, to self esteem and social life skills. We are always striving to enrich the lives of everyone and anyone that we come in contact with!  Read on!

Dancing With Our Heroes

Published Apr 11, 2018, Harbor News

On March 10, the New England Fred Astaire dance studios held a Dancing with our Heroes benefit for the Fisher House Foundation. Read more…

Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market is Back

Published July 3, 2017

Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market is Back

Published July 3, 2017

Raeleen St. Pierre and Annalise Sarette, and Jonathan Gesick and Valerie Smith from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Old Saybrook have fun dancing on June 28.

Getting in the Groove

Published February 16, 2017, Harbor News

Professional dancer and instructor Raleen St. Pierre of the Fred Astaire Studio teaches a line dance during the Old Saybrook Rotary Club’s 20th annual Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction held on Feb. 10 at the Old Saybrook Point Inn.

Street Piano Invites Plunkers and Prodigies 

Published Nov 29, 2016, Harbor News

Scarecrow Contest 2016

Voting closed October 24

Scarecrow Contest

CLINTON >> The Clinton Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Dancing With the Stars on Feb. 26 2016,
where professionals and local dancers paired up for a judged contest and the chance to win the top prize.

The event featured area studios, including Ballroom Dancin Fools, Body Karma Studio, Fred Astaire in Old Saybrook, and Arthur Murray in Niantic, whose staff volunteered to participate.

Among the STARS of Clinton were Todd Steward of Stewards Ace Hardware who danced with Raeleen St. Pierre, Owner of Fred Astaire’s Bloom Ballroom and Kelley Edwards of Partners in Community, who danced with Thommy Huber also of Fred Astaire.

All competed in front of a sold out audience and three couples earned the coveted three TENS, including Todd Steward and Raeleen St. Pierre as they danced a breath-taking walz.



thommy and kelley



Check out our scarecrow ballroom dance couple as part of Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce’s Scarecrow contest. How do you like them?


February 2019: Tony Dovolani, Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Co-National Dance Director, Shares Special Birthday Dance with 106 Year Old Student! 

November 2018: Winds of Change – New Leadership Team at the Helm of  an Exciting NEW Fred Astaire Dance Studios 

November 2018: Fred Astaire Dance Studios Makes Premiere Appearance in Macy’s NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade! 

August 2018: More Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Locations Add Para Dance Sport to their Curriculum

June 2018: Fred Astaire Dance Studios Bloomfield Hills MI Hosts Country’s First Sanctioned Para Dance Instructor Training

March 2017: Crain’s Detroit Business Features Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills MI