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!
We just moved our studio location - You can find us now at 314 Westport Ave, 2nd floor!
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)
Whether you’ve danced the Cha-Cha or not, we’ll let you in on a secret: you could do it with ease! You’ve probably heard the old phrase “One, Two, Cha-Cha-Cha”... well, it’s not much more than that!
With roots traced back to the islands of the West Indies and making their way to America, the steps have evolved into what we now know as the Cha-Cha. In the 1950s, the Mambo and Swing became popular dances throughout the Americas. As Latin musicians began playing the Mambo to a slower beat, this stylistic change led to the creation of the triple mambo, now known as the Cha-Cha.
Though one of the newer ballroom dances, the Cha-Cha has gained traction in the dancing world and has become a favorite over the last few decades. Today, you can see the Cha-Cha around the world in ballroom competitions, as it is one of the most dominant “pop” rhythms of the last 40 to 50 years.
It’s a career that spans nearly three decades, and continues going strong, expanding into new and creative avenues. From his acting talents on the silver screen to his personal perseverance through the ups and downs, John Travolta’s skill and strength are beyond question. Though he’s been in the limelight for years, many probably do not know the challenges he’s faced while pursuing his career. If that’s you, have no fear! We’ll tell you all about why he deserves the accolades and respect he’s received, and is our “Dancer who Defined a Decade” for the 1970s!
Born into a family of performers, Travolta began appearing in local musicals and dinner-theater performances at age 12. After winning a dance competition doing the twist, he went on take up tap dancing and was lucky enough to be taught by Gene Kelly’s brother!
When he turned 16, he dropped out of high school and moved to Manhattan to take up acting full-time, quickly making appearances in a number of commercials and local productions. In 1970, Travolta landed his first professional acting role in the musical comedy, “Bye Bye Birdie,” setting the tone by foreshadowing his acting and musical future. After that show, Travolta moved across the country to see if Hollywood had any options for him, but his career didn’t quite take off. By 18, he was headed back to NYC, and eventually won a role on Broadway in the musical, Grease, as a character named Doody.
Fun fact! In these early years while acting was slow, Travolta actually invested much of his time and money on flying lessons, and though his career didn’t swing in the aviation direction, he is qualified to fly a number of different planes, including a Boeing 707.
Okay, back to what we’re here for: dance! The second half of the 1970’s were a huge time for John Travolta -- and are the reason why he’s our dancer of the decade! Hang on tight while we fly through some of his major accomplishments.
If you’ve ever seen a dance competition or even an episode of “Dancing With The Stars,” how gracefully and confidently the dancers glide across the floor probably had you hooked. If you’re like most people, the thought “Wow! I wish I could carry myself like that!” may have even crossed your mind!
Well, are you ready for some good news? You can!
Learning to dance is not only an excellent way to physically improve your health, but can boost your emotions, as well! Dancing has shown to increase self-confidence and self-esteem by providing an expressive outlet and the opportunity to learn something new and fun! Whether it’s through toning your body, mastering a new move, or just building up the courage to ask a new person to dance, dancing provides many avenues for boosting self confidence.
We’ve already talked about the brain benefits you gain from learning to dance, so now we’re here to share with you a physical benefit of dancing you may not know about!
Dancing has proven to be an amazing way for people to strengthen their muscles and become more aware of how their bodies move. As we age, muscles tend to weaken and sensory mechanisms that help us keep our balance become less sharp. This is often the cause of falls as people age, which then limits a person’s ability to stay physically active.
Picture this: John Travolta. White suit. Platform Shoes. Finger pointed in the air.
Who can forget the movie that epitomized the 1970s? Disco balls and the Hustle were the theme of the decade, and have left a lasting impression on the world of dance ever since.
What many people don’t realize is that the Hustle actually has Latin origins set to a disco beat. The Hustle line steps were based on the popular Dominican dance, the Merengue! New York in the 1970s is considered to be where the Hustle was born. Popular musician, Van McCoy, and the Soul City Symphony recorded the timeless hit “The Hustle” and set in motion the Hustle craze that took over the nation.