Para Dance Lessons

Wheelchair Dancing in Connecticut

At the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of West Hartford, we know the many mental and health benefits of ballroom dancing. And we are committed to making dance as accessible to as many folks in our community as possible. That is why we are excited to bring adaptive dancing, or Para Dance, to the capital region of Connecticut.

Para Dance is a style of dancing that allows individuals with physical impairments that affect the lower limbs to perform and express themselves through dance.

Our Para Dance instructor, Andrea Resnisky, is a Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ certified ballroom dance instructor with a passion for helping those with special needs learn to dance. Andrea has received training to teach wheelchair dancing by World Para Dance Sport, the world’s pre-eminent authority on adaptive dancing. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University.

World Para Dance Sport training includes:

  • Adapting instructor skills specifically for Para Dance students
  • Understanding the technical aspects of a wheelchair
  • Learning the rules & regulations or World Para Dance Sport
  • How to get started, and exploring advanced Para Dance technique & choreography.

Wheelchair users will experience the excitement of being on the dance floor with custom routines and movements custom tailored to their abilities. Andrea holds a number of local seminars and Para Dance courses that you can find on our Facebook page.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our Para Dance program, please contact us today at 860-232-2678!

Combi Style (dancing with a standing partner). Duo dancing features two wheelchair dancers.:

Cha Cha Formation (a group dance):


About Fred Astaire Dance Studios of West Hartford

Our spacious studio in West Hartford, Connecticut is dedicated to the communities we serve, including West Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Farmington, New Britain, Bloomfield and beyond. In addition to Para Dance lessons, the studio offers weekly group classes, private lessons, wedding dance instruction and more. And on Friday nights, our weekly practice parties are the hottest social scene in town. We are conveniently located in the West Hartford Commerce Center on South Street with plenty of free parking. Contact us today!