The Best Studio for Dance Lessons in NJ – Fred Astaire Upper Montclair, now at 414 Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove

Fred Astaire Dance Studios Mission Statement: to enrich the lives of anyone and everyone associated with our company. 

Looking for the best place for dance lessons in NJ?   Here’s our history.  Fred Astaire Dance Studios has served Essex County for more than 60 years.  Fred Astaire of Upper Montclair/Cedar Grove prides itself on its flexible and adaptable programs and the integrity, skill, and professionalism of its entire staff. We make dance lessons fun and learning to dance easy and enjoyable!

Verona, Cedar Grove, Montclair, Upper Montclair, Little Falls, Wayne, Clifton, Bloomfield, Essex Fells, West Caldwell, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Short Hills, Maplewood, Glen Ridge, Newark, and many other cities in the Essex, Morris and Passaic County area.

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414 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ, 07009


At Fred Astaire of Upper Montclair, we specialize in teaching you to dance, with a partner, quickly, effortlessly and without any pushy sales tactics.  Our first two packages, the Introductory Program and Beginners’ Program, are the only two programs that aren’t custom made for you.  After that, you design your own.  Don’t want groups?  Don’t pay for them.  Want to take 3 groups and 1 private a month?  That’s ok too!  See for yourself why we’re better than the rest.

Dancing enhances every aspect of your life. Dancing Makes Life Easier.  Troubles melt away on the dance floor.  Endorphins are released.  You just feel better!

Wedding Program
Our customized wedding dance program gives you the confidence when that magical moment arrives and  you step on the floor looking like you’ve been dancing together forever.  Our goal is to mak you look and feel confident, not stiff and awkward or counting your steps!

The Big Picture

Dancing lessons are a wonderful way to enjoy your life.  In fact, our mission at Fred Astaire is “to enrich the lives of each and every person that comes into contact with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios.”   You might like to read about some of the ways we’ve enriched our students lives on our YELP page, or some Google Reviews.

In addition to teaching beginning dance lessons, our studio and staff runs a very successful competitive dance team, with more than 20 active competitors who travel around the country to compete in regional and National levels.  No one comes to the studio with the intention of becoming a ballroom competitor, but many of our students have become seasoned competitors.

We also have a number of social events a year that enable you to use your dancing outside the studio, and mix and mingle with other like-minded dancers.   We  have practice parties almost every week, themed parties like Valentine’s Day and Halloween, and formal parties with showcases, celebrating our Anniversary in May and our Holiday Snow-Ball in December.  Outside the studio we have banquets, cruises, showcases and other social events designed to enhance your love of dance.

Showcases are a great way to show off your creativity and express yourself.  We have all tiers from “works-in-progress” demonstrations all the way to you starring in your own showcase in September complete with lights, costumes and makeup.

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You will love the way we teach at Fred Astaire Upper Montclair.

Our New Location!

414 Pompton Avenue

Cedar Grove, NJ 07009



Hours: Mon – Fri 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday by Appointment

About Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Great Beginnings
Our company began when Mr. Fred Astaire co-founded a chain of dance studios under his name, to make sure that his dance techniques could be preserved and passed onto the public… and on March 7th, 1947, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio opened, at 487 Park Avenue in New York City. Since then, our network of worldwide dance studios has produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers, who are the living embodiment of Fred Astaire’s style and grace. And since 1947, we have had the honor & privilege of improving the lives of our students, staff and everyone who is associated with our company, through the joy of lifelong dancing!

Ballroom Dance Lessons Should be FUN!
The teaching philosophy at every Fred Astaire Dance studio is simple and straightforward: learning how to ballroom dance is always fun! We work with students of all ages and abilities, and help them realize their ballroom dancing goals in a friendly and inspirational atmosphere. Whether you are interested in wedding dance instruction, are looking for a new hobby or way to connect with your partner, want to improve your social life, or are taking your dancing skills to the next level, Fred Astaire’s teaching method will result in faster learning rates and higher levels of achievement – regardless of your physical attributes or comprehension. And at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, you’ll always find a warm and welcoming community that will inspire you to reach new heights, feel and look confident, and have fun doing it!

Learn Faster, Achieve More
Our proven dance curriculum includes a tiered program of regularly-scheduled Private Lessons, plus Group Lessons and Practice Parties to ensure that you learn as much as possible, in the shortest amount of time, with the most retention, and the most FUN! Our dance instructors’ repertoire covers the full range of ballroom dances – American, Latin, International Style, Ballroom Style, even Exhibition and Theater Arts dances. Created for both social & competitive dancers, our proprietary dance instruction program ensures you’ll be on your way to confident dancing by the end of your very first lesson! Click here for more information and to find a Fred Astaire Dance Studio near you.

Track Your Progress
The Fred Astaire Trophy System is an easy way for you to track your progress & stay motivated, while you enjoy dancing. Our Beginner and Social Foundation Programs teach newer students the step patterns and techniques needed to move around the dance floor. Students then move on to Bronze, which will enable you to comfortably and confidently dance on any sized dance floor, to any music, with any partner. From there, you can hone your skills and talents within the Silver level, and then all the way to the Gold!

Our Talented Dance Instructors
Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors are gifted dance educators who hail from all over the world. Many have Fine Arts degrees and are actively-competing, award-winning professional dancers. Our dance instructors complete the rigorous work required to become certified in the Fred Astaire Curriculum, a teaching method that not only teaches the mechanics of partner dancing, but also presents the building blocks of how people ABSORB and RETAIN information. This program ensures a consistent, high-level of dance instruction because it teaches in a way that people naturally learn! Our proprietary dance curriculum is also continuously reviewed by world-famous former dance champions and registered judges on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board, to ensure only the finest, most up-to-date programs for our students.

Exciting Events & Dance Competitions
Fred Astaire Dance Studios offer a variety of fun local events to make your dance experience exciting and rewarding! Guest Parties, Showcases, Spotlights, Community Outreach Events, special Coaching Sessions and off-site Group Outings encourage social interaction and help you apply what you’re learning. And our branded Regional, National and International Pro-Am and Professional Dance Competitions give you inspiring opportunities to compete, travel and hone your dancing skills in supportive and exciting environments.

Fred Astaire Dance Store
Each Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio features an in-studio and online Dance Store, where you can purchase branded products (such as dance shoes, practice wear and more) to keep you looking and feeling your best, on and off the dance floor.

Get Started Today, with a Fred Astaire Dance Studio Intro Offer!
Take advantage of the special introductory offer at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and take the first step towards realizing your ballroom dance goals! Click here to find a location near you – and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.


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