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)
Go to any wedding, party or event where dancing is the norm, and you won’t be surprised to see women on the dance floor with their friends. They spin and shuffle and sashay in high heels, enjoying the feeling of being free to have fun dancing.
Some bring a bold husband partner onto the dance floor, but more often than not, several feet away hover the men. Excuse us while we generalize a bit further in order to paint a familiar picture, but you may see them slowly sipping a drink, keeping busy on cell phones, “limping” with fake hamstring injuries, pretending to be engrossed in conversation, tracking the play by play of a ballgame, or any number of other things to avoid being caught on the dance floor.
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.
Congratulations, you’ve signed up for dance lessons! (Or, at least you’re considering it!) Like many others who are trying out dance lessons for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions. One question we are often asked is: “Is it difficult to learn to dance?” If you’re wondering the same thing, sit tight, we’re here to assure that the answer is a happy “No! It is not difficult to learn how to dance.” Here’s why...
At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we pride ourselves on our talented instructors and how effectively they are able to transfer their knowledge and dance experience to their students (you!). Although dancing itself isn’t easy and requires practice, our instructors know the best way to teach based on your learning style!
Like learning any skill, to become a good dancer takes patience and consistency! Dance, especially ballroom dance, is really an art form, and it consists of precise movements and bodily responses. This means that it to fine tune your dancing skills, you need to train your muscles to easily recall the steps and proper form.
That’s called muscle memory -- the way your body remembers motor movement through repetition. The memories aren’t actually stored in your muscles, of course, but they become second nature while stored in your brain! By repeating the same thing over and over, the brain knows what comes next without much effort -- the movement seems to just come naturally.
During the beginning stages of learning to dance, we recommend that you schedule your lessons close together - every week to ensure the steps are committed to memory! The less time between lessons means the less you will forget, the less you will need to review, and the more you will be able to learn!