Fred Astaire Dance Studios have given the joy of ballroom dancing to tens of thousands of New Yorkers for almost 60 years. This is the original Fred Astaire Dance Studio, founded in 1947 by Fred Astaire, himself.
Galaxy Dance Festival
The event, this year, was held at the very well known Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Set in the heart of Pheonix the Arizona Biltmore is more famously known throughout the world as the "Jewel of the Desert." With its 39 acres of luxurious gardens, glistening swimming pools and Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, it is no wonder the resort has been a favorite among celebrities and U.S. presidents.
The competition was tough between many different dancers that came to compete at the event. But nonetheless we are honored to acknowledge our students who represented the West Side proudly with their marvelous dancing skills: Giovanni Fortezza and Philip Widlanski. Let's hear it for them!!
USDC 2014 Rhythm Champion
The “A2” Rhythm Open US Championships was also excellent here and as in the past four years, Giovanni Fortezza partnered by Jolanta Mosteika took the Open US Pro/Am Rhythm title home, and in speaking with Giovanni he was quite thrilled but best for him is that he won every dance.
According to Giovanni, in the past he has won the overall but always lost a dance or two, but not this time, he had a clear sweep and this was quite special for him.
Courtesy of Dance Beat online
United States Dance ChampionshipsRunning on 11 very successful years, this event has brought the world's leading dance couples together to compete grandly. It has produced 28 United States Championships and several World Championships. After being changed from its original location, the competition is now held at the Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida. The West Side is very lucky to have our students competing at such a well known event. We would like to congratulate our champion of 4 years Giovanni Fortezza, as well as Cecelia Gilchriest, Barbara Selz and Lynn Shanahan. A very big round of applause to you guys!!
2014 Capital Dancesport Championships
Located in the West End of Historic Alexandria, the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center offers elegance and attentive service combined with value. Within sight of the nation’s capital and just ten minutes from the central business district of Washington, guests are also near to the quaint waterfront galleries and shops in Old Town Alexandria.
Hosted by John DePalma and Marianne Nicole the competition was surely a fantastic one! It was a very exciting win for the West Side. The majority of our staff and students represented us at the event and we could not be more proud. A huge applause goes out to Robert Bozic, Karen Danziger, Andrea Flink, Giovanni Fortezza, Celia Gately, Cecelia Gilchriest, Amanda Valeur and Philip Widlanski.
DVD Release Practice Party
Join us for our next Pratice Party on Friday, September 26th. We will be releasing the DVD's for this year's Dance Among The Stars Showcase. It will be an evening of music, drinks, and of course, fabulous dancing!!
Party hours: 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM.
Bring a guest and receive a free lesson!
*The free lesson will be applied to your account after your guest purchases any of the dance packages.
Fred Astaire New England Regional CompThis year the competition was held at the prestigious Hyatt Regency Hotel. With its "Under the Sea" theme the event was definitely one for the books. Many talented dancers from all around the country both professional and pro-am competed at the event. With tremendous pride we would like to congratulate our students from the West Side: Allison Schultz, Lynn Shanahan and Philip Widlanski!!
Swing at the Edison Ballroom!!
The Edison Ballroom is hosting its annual Spetember swing event! It will be featuring Joe Battaglia and his New York Big Band. The event will be held on Friday, September 12th starting at 7:00pm.
It will include VIP seating, a delicious dinner, an open bar and, of course, dancing! Enjoy a lovely night of "dining, dancing and romancing."
Empire Dance ChampionshipsLocated in the Big Apple this year's competition certainly exceeded all expectations. It took place in the lovely Conrad Hotel. They accommodated many dancers that came from around the globe to compete at the event. We are honored to give a special acknowledgement to our students that represented the West Side: Giovanni Fortezza, Cecelia Gilchriest, Barbara Selz, Lynn Shanahan and Philip Widlanski!
NY/NJ Dancesport Challenge CompetitionThis year's competition was held in the luxurious Westin Hotel. Tours to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty were provided, and if you wanted to do a little shopping, the Newport Center Mall was nearby. If travelling isn't your forte you could enjoy a nice relaxing day in the hotels indoor pool and spa tub. All of the dancers that came to compete at the event were accomodated in very comfortable rooms with a beautiful view of the Jersey City waterfront. The West Side would like to give a big applause to our students: Deborah Dwork, Giovanni Fortezza, Celia Gately, Mary Kane, Marina Thomas and Ronnie Wachsler. We especially would like to acknowledge our newcomers who just competed at their first event. Welcome to the club!! Congratulations to everyone on such spectacular dancing!!
Fred Astaire World ChampionshipsMarked as one of the largest competitions in Vegas, it was sure to have been one amazing week for this year's competitors. It was held in the lovely Mirage Hotel surrounded by live entertainment and weather that made it feel like a tropical paradise. Dancers from all around the country came to compete at this spectacular event. The West Side would like to express a big congratulations to our students: Robert Bozic, Celia Gately and Amanda Valeur. Let's hear it for them!!!
Dance Among the Stars 2014
On July 2 the cast of Fred Astaire Dance Studio presented its 9th Dance Among the Stars event at the High School for Arts Imagination and Inquiry at the MLK High School In New York City. The show featured exciting performances over two acts and the dancers interpreted the dances/routines in an unprecented way.
Twin Cities Open Ballroom ChampionshipsThis year the event was set in the beautiful brand new Great Lakes Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Located on Nicollet Mall right in the heart of the downtown business district, the city was buzzing while the dancers were doing what they do best! The West Side is spectacularly fond of our student Andrea Flink, who did an honorable job at demonstrating the skills she has developed over the years at the competition.
Chicago Crystal Ball Dancesport CompetitionThe Westin Chicago Hotel provided a warm and friendly atmosphere for the many dancers that came to compete at this years event. It was an incredible win for the West Side. Giovanni Fortezza showed off his spectular dancing skills and made us proud. A big congratulations to our talented student!!
Dancing a la carte dancesport championshipsAfter last year's record setting Pro-Am and Amateur competition the event was back better than ever this year. It was held in the magnificent ballroom of the Sheraton Monarch Hotel. Dancers of all ages and categories came to compete at the event in hopes of making it to the top. We would like to announce the success of one of our students: Lynn Shanahan. Bravo!!
Atlanta OpenLynn and Darius take it all in the Smooth division at the Atlanta Open including the Best of the Best Challenge on Thursday night and the result is echoed by Giovanni and Jolanta that win it all in the Rhythm division the next day. What's next for these 2 couples? A dance off to take place at the Ohio Star Ball in November for the Best of the Best crown.
Fred Astaire's BirthdayThis past Saturday, May 10th, marked a very special day. It was Fred Astaire's 115th birthday. We are all very fortunate to be associated with such a great and remarkably talented man who had such a profound effect on the art of ballroom dancing. Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios will continue to honor this man's legacy with the same standard of greatness that he brought onto the dance floor. Happy Birthday Fred!!!
Emerald Ball Dancesport ChampionshipsAs one of the three largest competitions in America the Emerald Ball was an intense event. It was held at the glamorous Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel. Many pro-am, amateur, and professional dancers came from all around the United States and abroad to compete. We are very proud to recognize one of our own students that represented the West Side: Amanda Valeur. Let's hear it for her!!
Wisconsin State DanceSport ChampionshipsThis year the competition took place in downtown Milwaukee. The newly remodeled Pfister Hotel accomodated competitors, performers, and spectators from all around the world. 2014 was the most successful year for the event. It is with great pride that we acknowldge a few of our students that represented the West Side: Giovanni Fortezza, Lynn Shanahan & Philip Widlanski.
Philadelphia Festival Dancesport ChampionshipsThe distinguished Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel was where the competition took place this year. It is a remarkable hotel sorrounded by many historic landmarks and local museums. They welcomed many dancers that came to compete at the event from many differents parts of the country. Let's hear it for our students that represented the West Side proudly: Michael Barosky, Giovanni Fortezza and Philip Widlanski!
2014 METROPOLITAN DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Located at the famed intersection of Park Place and The Boardwalk, Bally’s Atlantic City is the ideal place to take advantage of the city that’s “Always Turned On.”
Chic and stylish with a Cosmopolitan elegance, Bally’s offers worldclass gaming, dining, spa experiences, entertainment and nightlife, all in a center Boardwalk location.
Once you’ve had your fill of fun and excitement, the accommodations at Bally’s offer inviting interiors and a wealth of amenities designed to make your stay a luxurious one.
The West Side is proud to announce the success of our students: Robert Bozic, Giovanni Forteza, Cecelia Gilchriest, Katherine Hoffman, Allison Schultz, Barbara Selz, Marina Thomas and Philip Widlanski.
Maryland Dancesport Challenge
Let's hear it for the boys!
It was guys’ night out last night at Maryland Dancesport in the Open Rhythm Scholarships. Gentlemen students won all 3!
Xavier Paol Aria w/ Mariangeles Moussou won all dances in the A, Giovanni Fortezza w/ Jolanta Mosteika won all danes in the B and Philip Widlanski w/ Jolanta Mosteika won the C 2,1,1,1T,1. (Courtesy of Dancebeat)
Mariangeles is an old acquantaince of the Westside studio and we met her 5 years ago during the Argentina competition and we reconnected. Philip, starting from a semifinal, had a strong win against 3 of this past Ohio Starball finalists. He also came back from almost a one year period of inactivity.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios Trophy System
It has long been known that the most successful procedure in any field of learning is to reward students at various levels of achievement. The Fred Astaire Dance Studios developed this idea into an organized format known as the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Trophy System which is based on the achievements of various levels of accomplishment in Ballroom dancing.
Hot New Year's Fitness Trend: Boogy to Better Health!
In a recent American College of Sports Medicine Survey, the top 10 fitness trends of 2014 include dance. Dancing offers all three in a fun, creative space. "Dance provides the health benefits people crave in an exhilarating environment that changes with new moves and easy-to-learn routines so you don't get bored or frustrated," says Jack Rothweiler, President and CEO of Fred Astaire Dance Studios. "There can be gain without pain! Studies prove dance helps people lose weight and feel better -- both mentally and physically -- while having a great time!" (Courtesy of The Paramus Post)
FOX Coverage Dance Among the Stars 2013Thanks to the GOYA Salsa Dance off and the participation of network celebrities we received network coverage from NBC, FOX and Univision. Here is the the clip from FOX.
Fred Astaire In Step
This year's show was also featured and reported on by the Fred Astaire organization on a National scale. Do you wonder what the high school does with the contributions they receive?
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