Co-founded by the legendary Fred Astaire, our studio set the standard of excellence indance instruction. From Ballroom to Latin, from Swing to Salsa - we offer all styles of dance lessons for all ages and abilities in a friendly atmosphere.
At our Norwalk Fred Astaire Dance Studio learning how to dance is always easy and fun! Don‘t put it off for another moment - walk in and dance out!
I first learned about Fred Astaire-Norwalk from a friend who had been dancing there for several years. She had switched from one competitive sport to competitive ballroom dance. A recent wedding reception had reminded me it would be useful to know a little more about dancing... Lauryn Franzoni (Read more)
Read more...Author, humorist and ballroom dance enthusiast Cathy Sikorski recounts a fun weekend of ballroom dancing with her husband that left both of them feeling a bit worn out Sunday morning. We’ve been there, Cathy!
Today may be Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, but the King’s music is still as young and vibrant as ever!
One of the 20th century's most influential cultural icons, Elvis’ career spanned more than two decades and boasted commercial success in blues, gospel and of course, pop. With more than 600 million units sold worldwide, he is the best selling solo artist in history.
While Fred Astaire Dance Studio professionals can show people how to ballroom dance to just about any of Presley’s hits, here is a list of five timeless hits with a ballroom dance to match:
“Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” - Viennese Waltz A popular match for any wedding couple’s first dance, this classic song from Elvis’ 1961 film “Blue Hawaii” is regularly paired with this lovely dance. “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” features the necessary 60 beats per minute to fit the Viennese Waltz, while the romantic lyrics pair nicely with this elegant and graceful dance.
Did you know that an estimated 80 percent of the New Year’s resolutions crowd drops their gym membership by the second week of February?* That's why more and more people are getting their fitness fix on the ballroom dance floor!
Ready to put on your dancing shoes and let your inner Latin dancer out? Then the Samba is the dance for you! One the the most popular dances in Brazil, the Samba has been performed by elaborately costumed “schools of Samba” at Carnival in Rio each year.
The name, Samba, is thought to come from the Kimbundu (Angolan) term “semba”, which is an invitation to dance and a name for the dance parties that former slaves held in Rio. Over time, the locals took what was then a public form of expression, and turned it into one of the most iconic forms of music and dance in Brazil.
The Electric Slide, the Macarena, “Vogue-ing”, The Cotton Eye’d Joe…Sound familiar? How about The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Beauty and the Best or RENT?
The 1990s brought an eclectic variety of dance styles, bands, and trends. Unlike the previous decades, it would be nearly impossible to decide on just one dancer as the icon of the 1990s dance landscape, so we decided to dedicate the 1990s to a dance instead! Get comfortable, we’re about to take a nostalgic look back at the 1990s and explore the re-emergence of ballroom dance, as it showed up in pop culture everywhere!
Let’s start in Hollywood. In 1993, Swing Kids unleashed the goods on the underground world of swing music and dance. Even though the film was set in World War II Germany, we were still able to translate their off-the-beaten path experience to our own 90s lives. Suddenly, swing dancing seemed to be on every screen and a generation who had never really experienced partner dancing developed the urge to learn the Lindy Hop.
Partner dance in mainstream media quickly progressed from showcasing the dance moves of the past to incorporating them into movies set in the present day. Funny man Jim Carrey, clad in a bright yellow suit and a pliable green face, took to the floor in the 1994 blockbuster “The Mask” to showcase some pretty sweet steps.