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!
To show our appreciation to Mr. Fred Astaire, our wonderful instructors, and of course our awesome students, we are celebrating 70 years of Fred Astaire Dance Studios May 8th through May 12th. We will be hosting plenty of events each day throughout the week.
In addition, we want to give back to the West Hartford community so we are collecting donations for each activity this week which will be placed into our West Hartford Community Dance Fund. This fund was created to help our team travel to local schools to teach children how to dance. The money collected will allow us to take the time to travel to these schools without having to charge them anything.
Make sure you mark your calendars for all of these amazing events:
Monday, May 8th:
- 12:30pm: Kickoff Brunch. We will have brunch at the studio to start the week. $10
- 6:45 Powerstep class $10
- 7:30 Stretch class $10
- 8:15 Silver Smooth class $10
Tuesday, May 9th (a day of group classes):
- 12:30 Ballroom Workout $10
- 3:00 Putting on the Ritz $10
- 4:30 Ballet $10
- 6:00 Isolations $10
- 6:45 Hip Hop $10
- 7:30 Stepping Out $10
- 8:15 Yoga Under the Stars (will be outside, weather permitting) $10
Wednesday, May 10th (Fred Astaire’s Birthday):
- 7:30 Tap Class in honor of Fred $10
- 8:15-9:15 Fred’s Birthday Dance Party. We will have cake and will be raffling off five free private lessons. Students can buy raffle tickets 5/8-5/10. Tickets are $10 – $5 donated to our dance fund, $5 goes to the instructors. Winners will be drawn during the dance party.
Thursday, May 11th:
- We have Anastasia Abrashin in the studio for a day of coaching. Lessons can be booked with the instructors.
- 6:45 Social Foundation Rhythm Class $10
- 7:30 Smooth class with Anastasia – Donation of your choice
- 8:15 Rhythm Class with Anastasia – Donation of your choice
Friday, May 12th:
- Showcase Ball from 7-10pm. Students will be performing and we will also be honoring our current students. Tickets are $20 for spectators and $5 of every ticket will be donated to our dance fund. Students are highly encouraged to purchase tickets for their friends and family before the event. Tickets go up by $10 at the door. There will also be a silent auction at this event!