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.
Fred Astaire Dancer Wins U.S. National Titles
We have our very own Triple Crown Queen at Fred Astaire of Upper Montclair. Charlotte Carey, along with professional partner Kostadin Bidjourov, won the United States Championships in 3 divisions: Ladies C Open Smooth, Senior Open Smooth and Senior Open Standard.
The 2015 wins mark the 9th United States Pro-Am title for Kostadin Bidjourov and Charlotte Carey! Congratulations
Our competitive team just came home from the 2015 Metropolitan Dancesport Championships, hosted by the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of New York and New Jersey.
This years competitive team shined at the Metropolitan. Be sure to check facebook to see highlights and view the photos from your fellow students and teachers. In attendance this year were: Drew McDonough, Fay Rubin and Sadie Lardner, representing our youth division. Debbie Hebron, Linda Varas, Lekha Keister, and Meg Nacy, our sparkling women.
Special shout out to Sadie Lardner, winning top youth; Linda Varas and Meg Nacy for their placements in Ladies B Scholarships, and Lekha Keister in the Ladies B Advanced Scholarships. And a very special congratulations to Tim Emmott, winning 6th place Top Teacher, a very challenging job indeed, to make a Top Teacher final with so many amazing Fred Astaire Professionals.
Next Up! Nationals in Atlanta. Go Team! Congratulations to all.
Studio Wins Awards!
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Upper Montclair recently was honored at the Fred Astaire of New Jersey Freddy Awards Ball. Shown in the picture above, instructor Tim Emmott (far right) won “Most Dedicated Employee” of New Jersey, Carrie Babcock, owner (far left) , won the prestigious “Joe Josephs” award for excellence in business. Other award winners shown in the picture are students Frank Starret (third from left), Bonnie Probert (4th from left), Debbie Hebron (center next to little girl) and Linda Varas, (third from right). The Fred Astaire Dance Studio celebrates its 16th year in Montclair.
Upper Montclair Teen Wins World Championship
Upper Montclair resident Haley Bergin has recently won the Open to the World Pro-Am International Latin Championships at the famous Ohio Star Ball in November, 2013. Haley and her professional partner, Vesko Matakov compete all over the country in the International Latin division. The Ohio Star Ball was made famous for it’s PBS-TV broadcast of Championship Ballroom Dancing, and later title AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE.
Haley began dancing at Fred Astaire when she was 13 after watching STRICTLY BALLROOM for the 100th time and then watching TAKE THE LEAD and thinking, “oh my, I wish I could do that!” So Haley’s Mom, Linda, took her to Fred Astaire and bought the 3 lesson beginner program, then 5 more, then 10, and then she was hooked! In addition to Latin training with Vesko, Haley does a version of DanceSport 360 training with Vesko, which is an holistic body/fitness/sport training, to ensure optimal health, strength and stamina.
In addition to dancing at Fred Astaire, Haley has been seen as a dancer in a music video for UK singer Tiger La and was recently cast as the lead in an Indy film Seeds of Power which will begin shooting in 2014.
Haley’s twin Michael also takes lessons at Fred Astaire, and her parents decided to get each other lessons for Christmas! Congratulations Haley!