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)
It’s that time of year again, when the madness begins and brackets are broken. Some call it the “Big Dance,” and we do, too. Sure, you could spend your time analyzing schedules, rosters and coaches, or you could use that time to watch some of the all-time greatest college basketball dance performances.
Playing sports can be an emotional experience -- the lows of losing during the final shot and the highs of sinking the basket as time expires. Plus, the roller coaster of feelings these athletes ride all game long. It’s no surprise some of them turn to dance to release the influx of endorphins, adrenaline and excitement.
In honor of the NCAA Tournament, we’ve compiled our favorite four college basketball dance videos. Call it the final four, because we want your help to pick the best. Visit our Facebook page and vote on your favorite video. They’ll stay up on our pages until the tournament is over, and the winner will be entered into the Fred Astaire Dance Studio College Basketball Dance Hall of Fame, an organization and title we just made up, but impressive nonetheless.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “Not Alone,” an important message for anyone who is, or knows someone, currently coping with a brain injury.
Studies have shown dancing, as a form of rehabilitation, can have positive effects on the brain. Like any muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. While dancing is not a cure-all, with any physical or mental damage even slight improvements are a blessing.
When we dance, or perform any rapid-fire, decision-making action, our brain is forced to work quicker and harder. Performing these types of actions over a period of time can begin “repairing” certain portions of our brains.
The following is an essay submitted by Michelle Goldson, a student at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Morristown, NJ. Thanks for taking the time to write, Michelle. Keep dancing!
What dancing means to me
I never thought it would happen to me, but it did. I am completely obsessed with ballroom dancing. Whenever I hear a song, whether it’s in the car, at the gym or in the dance studio, I listen closely to the beat, to see if I can decipher the type of dance it might be. Is it a cha cha, a hustle, or maybe a foxtrot? Nope, it’s a Samba, definitely a Samba.
So, how was your Valentine's Day? If you spent it dancing at Fred Astaire Dance Studio like the team in Norwalk, Conn., (pictured above) it was likely a good one. On this edition of The Swing of Things, we'll take a look at some of the amazing ballroom dancing stories of love and better health told around the country on the dance floor.
Raleigh couple dances to keep romance alive - Ray and Helen Winter had their first date on the dance floor 30 years ago. Today, they are still in step reconnecting through ballroom dance, and they aren't the only ones. Watch this video to learn how they and their Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors both found love on the dance floor!
Dance has never been more popular. With entire shows dedicated to finding the best dancer, and reality shows following them throughout their lives, the public can’t get enough. But it’s not only watching people dance that’s catching on. Learning how to dance is becoming popular as well.
And why shouldn't it? Being able to dance is a useful life skill. Whether you find yourself at a wedding or in the midst of an unexpected dance party, having a couple moves at your disposal is comforting. No one wants to look silly on the dance floor.
But what types of dance are people interested in learning nowadays? Gaby Jivela and Yuriy Datsyk from theMorristown, NJ and Bonita Springs, FL Fred Astaire Dance Studios, offered their predictions for which dances will be the most popular for new and continuing students. Unsurprisingly, Latin dances, which are often featured on TV, top the list.