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!

Don’t put it off for another moment – walk into your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio and start dancing today!

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Wedding Programs

We know how important your Wedding Day is, and we can help you make it even more special! At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, our customized Wedding Dance Instruction Program is created just for you, and will give you the confidence and skill to show off your elegance, style – and maybe a little personality! – on the dance floor, on your special day. For that first dance with your new spouse, or for memorable Father / Daughter and Mother / Son dances, you’ll amaze your family and friends with your new-found skills, and enjoy a magical moment that will be with you for the rest of your lives! In just a short amount of time, our certified Dance Instructors can help you learn a few basic steps or, if you have more time, choreograph the whole dance with you! Whether you want just a few steps to get by, or are looking to create “YouTube-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. Contact us today, and give everyone at your wedding a dance to remember.

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Dance lessons make it easy to walk out on the floor for your first dance with confidence and grace.  We can create a special dance that is funny, contemporary or a classic waltz or foxtrot.

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There are no rules!  Some couples come in for a year or more before their big day, and some come only for a month.  We recommend you schedule at least a month before, to ensure you look and feel comfortable.  Call us today to consult!  We’re open Monday-Friday from 1-10PM.207_Color


My wife and I were given a gift certificate to Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Upper Montclair, NJ as an engagement present. I am usually up for anything but have to admit ballroom dancing was never something I thought I would have to try. I reluctantly went (happy wife-happy life kind of thing). In any event this became one of the best presents we got and one that my wife and I will never forget. Carrie (the owner) is one of a kind. She was super friendly, has a great staff of dancers and knows how to make you feel at home. Don’t let the sign on the door fool you either. Carrie and her staff do a lot more then just Ballroom dancing. We told Carrie that for our first dance the only song we liked was not a slow tune and did not want to just pick something which had no meaning. Carrie instantly said “No Problem!! Give me the song and I will make it work”. She took a fast, upbeat song (September by Earth Wind and Fire) that was special to my wife and me and choreographed a super fun, out of the box dance. Carrie worked with us each time we went for our lesson and after a few short weeks my wife and I learned an amazing wedding dance that friends and family are still talking about today (I’ve been married for 8 years). Thank you to Carrie and everyone at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Upper Montclair for helping to create a special first dance for me and my wife. You took what was once just a favorite song and turned into a memory that will last forever. PH – Cedar Grove NJ…

Teaching Methods

Our unique teaching system includes a Three Tiered Method of regularly scheduled private instruction as well as group lessons and practice lessons:


Private instruction, with one or more key teachers, gives you 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. This is where we perfect and polish your dancing while moving at your own pace.


Group lessons are also a necessary part of instruction because this is where patterns, technique, and style are learned. Equally important, group lessons provide you with the opportunity to meet other students with similar dancing goals, develop balance, and learn the mechanics of dancing.


Practice lessons are a great practical application of what you are learning in your program because they complete the lesson information taught in our private and group lessons. Learning is one thing, but making the material work in a live setting while dancing with different people is quite another. The practice lesson will put everything together as well as aid in music identification and help you to learn not to run into other people on the dance floor. You can meet other students and practice your leading and following skills in a fun, relaxed environment! Teachers can tailor their private lessons based on how they see their students progressing.

Our Teachers

Our dance instructors are highly skilled and trained to help you learn using the unique Fred Astaire Method. Hailing from around the world, our teachers are actively competing, award-winning professionals and gifted educators. Many of our teachers have degrees in the fine arts and all have passed rigorous exams given by the Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dance and/or the Fred Astaire Curriculum certification.

Our Trophy System

We offer the Fred Astaire Trophy System as 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 around the dance floor. From there, a student can progress to either Social Bronze or Advanced Bronze. The main goal of either Bronze level is to get our students to the point where they can dance on any size dance floor, to any music, with any partner and feel comfortable and confident. The Social Bronze focuses more on social dancing and the Advanced Bronze is for students looking to progress beyond “just getting by”. From there, our students can move onto the Silver level and then all the way to the Gold!

Our dance curriculum covers the full range of American, Latin-American, International Style, and Exhibition/Theatre Arts dances. World famous dance champions and registered judges on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board constantly study and review our curriculum to make sure that only the finest, up-to-date programs are being offered to our students.


Gift Certificates

Give the Gift of Dance, our gift certificates are a great way to introduce that special someone in your life to the world of Ballroom and Latin dancing. They are great for Holidays, Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Anniversaries, or simply just because!

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!

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