Welcome to the Premier Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio of Rhode Island
Ballroom Dance Lessons • Latin Dance Lessons
Private Dance Lessons • Group Dance Lessons
Our hours are 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Serving Warwick, East Greenwich, Cranston, Coventry, West Warwick, Johnston, Providence, North Kingston, West Warwick and all of Rhode Island.
At the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Warwick, we are proud to offer the best of Ballroom & Latin Dance instruction. Everything from Private Dance Lessons, Group Dance Lessons, as well as Social Dance Parties and Events, we are the Dance Studio for you.
Got two left feet? The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Warwick specializes in teaching brand new students, giving them confidence, a sense of rhythm and a LOVE for dance! Our Students call us the happiest, friendliest spot in town due to our welcoming atmosphere and our encouraging staff. We hope you find it to be so and invite you to come on out and meet us yourself. Join the environment of fun, excitement, and entertainment!
Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Warwick offers the best quality of dance instruction in:
Continuing in the tradition of the great Fred Astaire, our certified dance instructors will help you reach all of your dancing goals, whether you are aspiring to be a confident social dancer or a highly trained competitor. We offer all kinds of dance lessons – from Ballroom to Latin to country-western!
Our studio, owned by husband and wife team, Rogelio and Juliet Garcia, offers a full range of Ballroom and Latin dance lessons for all ages, at all ability levels, and with or without a partner. “Bringing dancing to people is what makes us happy. The joy and fun that can be had on the dance floor are life changing and we look forward to sharing this with the Warwick Community”
All lessons are taught by our Certified Dance Instructors who undergo rigorous and continuous dance training. No matter if you are looking for Private Dance Lessons, Group Dance Lessons, Wedding Dance Lessons or Competitive Dance Lessons, we are the Dance Studio for you!
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Warwick enjoys being a part of the community and giving back. We have participated in numerous auctions and fundraisers, collected donations and participated in local dancing with the stars events. We were proud to partner with local veterans to help raise money for the Fisher House foundation. We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and share the love of dance with everyone
We love the many special activities we offer in the studio such as Friday Night themed Dance Parties, Studio outings, Team Matches, Showcases and more. And of course we have a blast participating in regional and national events with other Fred Astaire Dance Studios from around New England and the country.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Studio Family!
The Owners and Staff of Warwick Fred Astaire Dance Studio
We are taking dance lessons to prepare for our “first dance” and found our new hobby here! Juliet (our instructor) and Rogelio are skilled instructors and very fun to work with. They will help you learn various
dance styles and tailor your lessons to your goals. This is by far the most fun part of wedding planning! There are quite a few couples here preparing for their wedding, or son or daughter’s upcoming weddings. We highly recommend them if you’re looking for a dance studio or want to learn a new hobby that you can enjoy together into the future!
-James & Gina S
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About Fred Astaire Dance Studios
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.
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History of Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Today, one almost can’t turn on the TV or radio, or open a newspaper, magazine, or web page without hearing a mention of Mr. Fred Astaire in reference to dancing. He has left a lasting impact on the world and when people think of a dancing legend, Fred Astaire is the first to come to mind. We are proud of our great dance heritage which began in 1947 when the Master of dance himself, Mr. Fred Astaire, co-founded our company.
Mr. Fred Astaire, considered to be the greatest multitalented dancer of all time, wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name to make sure that his techniques would be preserved and passed onto the public. Mr. Astaire was instrumental in the choice of dance curriculum and instructional techniques. With the opening of the first Fred Astaire Studio on Park Avenue in New York City, Fred Astaire brought his immense talent out of the glamour of Hollywood and onto the dance floors of America and the world.
“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born.” Astaire once observed. “All the good dancers I’ve known have been taught or trained. To me, dancing has always been fun. I enjoy every minute of it. I am glad that I can now put my knowledge to use in bringing personal confidence and a feeling of achievement to so many people.”
Today, numerous Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located in cities throughout North America and internationally, are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence through our National Dance Board and Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios curriculum certification. Although Mr. Astaire is no longer with us in person, our studios have produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers who are the living embodiment of his style and grace.
Most frequently asked question is what makes dance shoes different from street shoes.
All dance shoes, both ladies and men’s have non-slip suede soles, a metal shank in the arch for support and they are very light-weight and flexible. They are simply put, made to dance!
Men’s dance shoes are typically black lace-up Oxfords with a flat heel for standard dances and a 1 to 2 inch heel for Latin dances.
For women, form is almost as important as function, and shoe styles are as varied as dance categories
Basic designs include open- or closed-toe pumps and sandals. Heels in women’s shoes are slim or flared and generally range in height from 1 to 3 inches.
Slim heels make turns and other moves easier. Flared heels are preferred for the Latin dances because they provide more stability.
As you become more proficient, you can add more styles to your wardrobe.
Ballroom dance shoes come in a variety of colors. Nude is the most popular. Many women choose flesh-color
ed shoes, which help extend the leg line, for competitions. There are also black shoes, colored or adorned with Rhinestones
Ballroom Dance Shoe Construction
Non-slip soles are essential. Our Fred Astaire Shoes have suede soles, which provide the right combination of grip and slide.
Rubber sneaker-like soles can stick to the floor and cause knee injuries, and leather soles can slide too mu
ch. So a proper dance shoe will give you just the right amount of traction to move around the floor and practice your dance skills without having to think about your shoes.
Dance shoes have thinner soles than normal shoes and a steel shank for support. The shoe material is flexible and lightweight.
For Ballroom Dancing, A Good Fit is Essential
Choose a snug, but not to
e-crushing, fit. Feel free to try on several styles and make sure to ask your expert Fred Astaire Staff for help on fitting. Your new pair of Dance Shoes should be both comfortable and functional.
Maintenance and Repair
Don’t wear your ballroom dance shoes on the street. Rough surfaces , water and dirt will wear them out quickly. Carry them in a bag and put them on when you get to class or to the ballroom.
It’s important to polish your patent shoes on a regular basis in order to keep them in top condition. You might also consider applying silicon-based oil occasionally in order to prevent cracking. Proper care of the suede soles is important, too. Be sure to brush them regularly to remove any dirt or wax buildup, which will cause the soles to wear faster
If you need your shoes repaired, call before you drop them off at your local shoemaker to be sure the shop is familiar with handling dance shoes.
Should I buy Rhythm or Smooth Dance Shoes
Generally, dancers use open toe shoes for Rhythm and closed toe pumps for Smooth.
Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Foxtrot are defined as Smooth dances.
Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Swing and Salsa are defined as Rhythm Dance. In Rhythm dancing, partners perform tightly choreographed routines in which they must project energy and passion. in Smooth Dancing the movements are more sweeping across the floor and ofter a lower heel and closed toe boxes provide more support and enable more movement across the floor. The pair’s appearance, including costuming and shoes, is important to the success of the routine.
Women’s Rhythm Dance Shoes
For Rhythm ballroom dancing, women usually wear sandals with a 2- or 3-inch heel. You may want to choose a lower height if you are not used to dancing in heels. Sandals are strappy and open-toed.
Women’s Smooth Dance Shoes
For Smooth ballroom dancing, women usually wear close tie pumps with a 1.5-2.5” heel. Thew closed toes and lower heel provide more support on gliding across the floor and as heel steps are an important part of smooth dancing, the lower heel will make it easier to propel forward.
Most often made of leather and satin, women’s dance shoes are lightweight, flexible and have suede soles, which provide the right blend of grip and slide while moving across the floor.
Look for a fit that is snug and hugs your foot, but is not too tight. Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters; those that are too loose can make you trip. For Rhythm sandals, the woman’s toe should be as close as possible to the front of the shoe. Some women prefer to have their toes extend or hang over the edge of the shoe so that they can point their toes more easily and feel the floor.
Men’s Rhythm Dance Shoes
Men’s Rhythm dance shoes are typically lightweight, flexible oxfords with a 1.5 inch “Cuban” heel and suede soles. Styles include white, black, two-tone spectator shoes and other color combinations.
Men’s Smooth Dance Shoes:
Mens Smooth dance shoes are also lightweight oxfords but with a lower heel than a Rhythm Dance Shoe.
The shoes can be made of leather, nubuck or patent leather. The fit should be snug, but not too tight.
To browse through some of the options at your Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Warwick visit us at the studio and check out some examples online
Mr. Fred Astaire
Biography Of Mr. Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire, born in 1899, began show business at the age of 5, performing on Broadway and in vaudeville with his sister, Adele. Then he headed to Hollywood where he began a successful partnership with Ginger Rogers for nine movies. He appeared in films with esteemed co-stars such as Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse. He also co-starred with the biggest actors of that time, including Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, and Gene Kelly.
Fred Astaire was not only a great dancer – changing the face of the American movie musical with his style and grace – but he was also an actor in many different dramatic and comedic roles in both movies and TV specials. He won multiple Emmys for his work in television. The Towering Inferno (1974) earned him an Oscar nomination. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1950 for his “unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures.”
Fred Astaire died in 1987 from pneumonia. With his passing, we lost a true dancing legend. His effortless lightness and grace may never be seen again. As Mikhail Baryshnikov observed at the time of his death, “No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.”
Fred Astaire’s Dance Partners
Although famous for his magical partnership with Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire also danced with the leading ladies of his time, including Cyd Charisse, Lucille Bremer, Joan Leslie, Leslie Caron, Vera Ellen, Barrie Chase, Judy Garland, Eleanor Powell and Rita Hayworth.
“For ballroom dancing, remember that your partners have their own distinctive styles also. Cultivate flexibility. Be able to adapt your style to that of your partner. In doing so, you are not surrendering your individuality, but blending it with that of your partner.”
– Fred Astaire from The Fred Astaire Top Hat Dance Album, 1936
Fred Astaire Films
Fred Astaire starred in 31 musical films. He was famous for his collaboration with Ginger Rogers in the following films:
- Flying Down To Rio (1933)
- The Gay Divorcee (1934)
- Roberta (1935)
- Top Hat (1935)
- Follow The Fleet (1936)
- Swing Time (1936)
- Shall We Dance (1937)
- Carefree (1938)
- The Story Of Vernon & Irene Castle (1939)
- The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
Songs Introduced By Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire introduced many classic songs by famous American composers, including:
- Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” from The Gay Divorcee (1932)
- Jerome Kern’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It” from A Damsel In Distress (1937) and “A Fine Romance,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “Never Gonna Dance” from Swing Time (1936)
- Irving Berlin’s “Cheek To Cheek” and “Isn’t This A Lovely Day” from Top Hat (1936) and “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” from Follow The Fleet (1936)
- Gershwins’ “A Foggy Day” from A Damsel In Distress (1937) and “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” “They All Laughed,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Shall We Dance” from Shall We Dance (1937)