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!
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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)
So, Ed Sheeran thinks he can dance? Apparently so, and we’re loving it!
The British pop-singer and songwriter has taken to the dance floor in his new music video to showcase his ballroom dancing skills. Sheeran calls “Thinking Out Loud” one of his favorite songs from his most recent album, X. In a nod toward creativity, he explains, “I wanted the video to be a little different, so I opted for ballroom dancing.”
Although many of us are familiar with his chart-topping hits and angelic voice, dancing seems to be a recent addition to his resume. To learn the impressive dance sequence, Sheeran practiced for hours on end ahead of the music video shoot. According to Sheeran, he trained for five hours a day while on his US tour, and that 8 hours day for the five days leading up to the shoot. Coupled with a new diet, it’s not surprising that he lost 35 pounds in the process! “I can see why dancers are in such good shape!” he told ET of his pre-shoot fitness regime.
In the new video, Sheeran ditches his casual style and gets all dressed up before heading out on the ballroom floor with dance partner Brittany Cherry of So You Think You Can Dance. The romantic song pairs perfectly with the duo’s impressive dance, consisting of a sweet and electric mix of styles that translate the lyrics wonderfully into movement.
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.
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!