News and Press

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.

Cruisin’ Connecticut – A Step or Two from “La La Land” at Fred Astaire in West Hartford

Elderly Newington residents strapping on the dancing shoes

568af4b7d43e5.imageWEST HARTFORD — It’s widely known that keeping the body and mind active can make aging a happier and healthier time. While there are many activities to exercise each separately, few benefit both simultaneously.

A graceful group of local residents have identified one such activity, and they’re hoping other seniors will join them on the dance floor. A few dozen people ages 70 and older meet at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio on the West Hartford/Newington town line several times a week. At least four among the group happen to be over the age of 80, but that doesn’t stop them from strapping up their sparkly heels.

“If you can walk, you can dance,” says Norma Hattings, 81. READ MORE….

For Some Couples, Dancing Keeps Hearts Beating Emotionally and Physically

WEST HARTFORD — February is Heart Health Month. It also holds that special holiday: Valentine’s Day. Fox CT had a chance to visit the Fred Astaire Dancing Studio in West Hartford and we found that for some couples nothing quite keeps their heart beating emotionally and physically like ballroom dancing. Read more & Watch the video…
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88-Year-Old Bringing Awareness to Dementia Through Dance

by Samantha Schoenfeld
WEST HARTFORD–This month the dancers at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in West Hartford are wearing purple in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and on Tuesday some of the dancers performed a free show at the Chatfield Living Center, including one incredible grandmother. “At this age you’ve got to keep your body moving,” said Mary. Read more & Watch the video…

February 2019: Tony Dovolani, Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Co-National Dance Director, Shares Special Birthday Dance with 106 Year Old Student! 

November 2018: Winds of Change – New Leadership Team at the Helm of  an Exciting NEW Fred Astaire Dance Studios 

November 2018: Fred Astaire Dance Studios Makes Premiere Appearance in Macy’s NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade! 

August 2018: More Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ Locations Add Para Dance Sport to their Curriculum

June 2018: Fred Astaire Dance Studios Bloomfield Hills MI Hosts Country’s First Paralympics.org Sanctioned Para Dance Instructor Training

March 2017: Crain’s Detroit Business Features Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills MI