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

What Makes Fred Astaire Dance Studios Special?

From wedding dance instruction, a new hobby or way to connect with your partner, improving your social life, physical and emotional health, or taking your dance skills to the next level, dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios will result in faster learning, higher levels of achievement – and lots of smiles. So, why should you choose Fred Astaire Dance Studios?

Because an atmosphere of kindness, warmth and inspiration awaits you at every Fred Astaire Dance Studio! It’s what our clients tell us they notice from the first time they step inside – a friendly energy, and a sense of “FADS community” that is welcoming, 100% non-judgmental, and truly joyful! Our passion is helping to enrich lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially – through the positive, transforming power of dance.

Because ballroom dance lessons should always 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 our friendly and inspirational atmosphere will help make your ballroom dance journey a reality. There are thousands of reasons why people start dance lessons – and once we show you how much fun ballroom dancing can be, we know you’ll want to keep coming back!

Because ballroom dance has so many benefits! Ballroom dancing is a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation – and it can bring so much to your life. It’s a great workout; has documented physical and mental health benefits; can enhance your social life and self-confidence; reduces stress and depression; promotes relaxation; is a wonderful outlet for self-expression and creativity; and it’s FUN!! With all these reasons to start dancing – we challenge you to find a good reason NOT to.

Because our ballroom dance curriculum helps you learn faster, and achieve more! Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ proven program of Private Lessons, Group Lessons and Practice Parties ensures that you learn as much as possible, in the shortest amount of time, with the most retention, and the most FUN. In fact, you’ll be on your way to confident dancing by the end of your very first lesson! Our repertoire covers the full range of ballroom dances – American, Latin, International Style, Ballroom Style, even Exhibition and Theater Arts dances, for both social and competitive dancers.

Because of our talented, professional Dance Instructors! Fred Astaire Dance Studio Instructors are gifted dance educators who hail from all over the world, and truly love what they do. Many have Fine Arts degrees and are actively-competing, award-winning professional dancers. Our Dance Instructors all complete the rigorous work required to become certified in the Fred Astaire Curriculum – which presents the building blocks of partner dance in the way that people naturally learn. Our dance curriculum, coupled with our Instructors’ compassion, energy and kindness will help ensure you get the most from your dance lessons.

Because of our exciting ballroom dance events & 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.

Because of our money-saving Intro Offer! Take advantage of our special introductory offer just for new students, and take the first step towards realizing your ballroom dance goals. Simply submit the Info Form on this website, and we’ll be in touch with exciting details about our program options and a special discount just for new students (which is sure to get you dancing!). Stop in & share your dance goals with us, and we’ll help you get there!

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor soon.