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!

Fred Astaire Dance Studios has one of the most efficient dance lesson techniques in the world. We focus on several aspects of dance such as footwork, patterns, partnership, confidence, animation, timing & rhythm.

To learn these qualities quickly, we have created a unique method of instruction called the “Conceptual Method of Teaching”. You’ll soon find out how this method will make dancing fun, enjoyable, easy and faster to learn. We offer scheduled private instructions, group classes, practice parties as well as Studio Outings.

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Private Lessons:
Fred Astaire Dance Studios has helped thousands of people realize their dreams of becoming confident social dancers. We offer private dance classes with one or more key teachers. Private dance lessons are purely structured to the needs of the student. The teaching goes at that dancer’s pace, whether they learn slower or faster than most students.

In a Private dance lesson the student gets the specialized and personalized attention necessary to look and feel great on the dance floor, while developing the ability to lead or follow any partner.

Group Classes:
Group classes are an important aid to private instruction. Patterns, technique, and style are featured in these classes, while balance and coordination are developed. Group classes provide every student with the opportunity to to see that all students share similar challenges in the learning process. Equally important, group lessons provide you with the opportunity to meet other students with similar dancing goals. Group classes combined with private instruction is the quickest most efficient way any student can learn.

Each type of lesson develops different skills and all are equally important in the process of becoming a confident social or competitive dancer. New dances, patterns and techniques are introduced or refined in a group lesson. The individual follow-up on a private lesson allows the instructor to clarify any confusing points and blend the new material with what the student has already learned.

Practice Parties:
Practice parties are scheduled to provide an ideal atmosphere in which to practice with teachers and other students. Regular practice parties are held weekly for current students and their guests. Music, refreshments and a good time is had by all!

Using this new-found knowledge in an actual dance situation provides new challenges, and requires very distinct skills that are impossible to get anywhere but in a practice party. Our students find that taking advantage of all three lesson types is the fastest and most cost effective way to becoming a confident dancer.

Practice parties complete the lesson information taught in our private and group classes. Learning is one thing, but making the material work in a live setting while dancing with different people is quite another. This is what our practice parties do. Teachers can then tailor their private lessons based on how they see their students progressing.

Don’t put lessons off for another moment – walk into the South Windsor Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio and start dancing today!   Contact us for our current introductory lesson!

Fred Astaire Dance Studio South Windsor

1735 Ellington Road

South Windsor, CT 06074

Phone: (860)648-4482

Email: southwindsor@fredastaire.com

Hours: Monday through Friday from 11:45am – 9:00pm

Saturday by appointment only.

We service all local towns in South Windsor, Windsor, East Hartford, Windsor Locks, Hartford, Vernon, Wethersfield, Ellington, Coventry, Tariffville Center, Simsbury, Southwood Acres, East Granby, Newington Junction, Higley Village, Melrose, South Wethersfield, Griswoldville, Rockville, Tariffvile, Buckingham, Foote Corners, Manchester, Cromwell, New Britain, Newington, Somers, Tolland, Longmeadow MA, Agway MA, Southwick MA



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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.


We know how important your wedding day is and we want to help you make it even more special. 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 by your elegance, style, and grace.


Why Pick us?

Fred Astaire Dance Studio is the only dance studio in South Windsor  that specializes and focuses on wedding dance lessons and wedding choreography. Weddings are our sweet spot and this means that your dance will be remembered by you and your guests long after your wedding is over.

Our instructors are not only trained and certified in various ballroom styles, but they have a diverse dance background in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap and ballet. This means that your dance will be unique and the possibilities for choreography are endless! Not many ballroom studios would know how to move to “Marry The Night” or “Gangnam Style.” We know all the hot moves and will teach you to “get down” with style!

We offer private and group wedding dance lessons in both Southbury and South Windsor. Two locations means easy scheduling and convenience.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios  offers customized routines to fit your skill level. Many of our clients have never taken a dance class before walking into our studio and we welcome them with open arms! Dancing as a couple is a different skill than dancing on your own and we are here to make it simple and fun. Whether you are totally comfortable on the dance floor or if you want to run in the other direction, we are here to adjust to your skill level and make you sparkle on your big day.

We listen to your vision for your wedding dance and bring it to life. Maybe you want a very simple routine so you don’t just rock back and forth the entire time?
Or maybe you have more of a theatrical vision and see yourselves reenacting your favorite Dirty Dancing scene? We don’t put you in a box! If your song is a waltz, we might do some waltz moves but we won’t limit the choreography for the sake of tradition. We are all about doing something different, showcasing your vision and your unique relationship.

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 You-Tube 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.  So come to Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios and give everyone at your wedding a “Dance to Remember”.


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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.





Watch this video for some great tips on planning your Wedding Dance and then call us for our wedding special and a personal consultation.

Not sure what you want to do for your wedding dance! Check out these two beautiful dances from the pros at Fred Astaire Dance Studio!

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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

Our Dance Studio Gift Certificates are a great gift for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Weddings, Christmas, Hanukkah, and just for fun!

Our Gift Certificates are available and will provide the bearer with an introduction to the fun and excitement of learning to dance at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in South Windsor, CT

We will create a Gift Certificate tailored to your needs!
And on top we add one free introductory lesson plus One Free Dance Party! (New Students Only. Not to be combined with any other offer.)

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!

Offers below include “one free introductory lesson plus one free dance party”.

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