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.
Turkey Shake Off Practice Party
Join us for our next Pratice Party on Friday, December 4th. It will be an evening filled with treats, drinks, lots of music and of course fabulous dancing!!!
Party Hours: 9:30pm-11pm
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.
Ohio Star Ball
Celebrating their 38th year Ohio Star Ball was certainly the biggest events to end the year! With as many as five different events to compete in just one location, It was the ultimate dancesport series experience! It took place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus Ohio. Dancers from many different areas of the world, of all ages and categories, came to show off their moves at this year's competition. We would love to extend a big round of applause to our students: Andrea Flink, Giovanni Fortezza, Barbara Selz and Lynn Shanahan. And this is how they did!!!
A true upset in the Smooth C category, Lynn Shanahan and Darius Mosteika brought home an unexpected but well deserved gold. And even though the marks may have been all over the place the victory was clear. Here is the Dance Beat recap on this final: "In the “C” division there was also a change of the guard. Lynn Shanahan dancing with Darius Mosteika won the World Series Smooth Championship overall, but her marks were quite varied 1,3,1,2, and we must point out that the only dance she won with a clear majority of firsts was the foxtrot.
Giovanni and Jolanta won their 4th title in a row and this is what Dance Beat magazine had to say: "Speaking of gentlemen, the “B” division was won once again by Giovanni Fortezza dancing with Jolanta Mosteika and he won every dance with a huge majority of firsts in every dance. Giovanni in our opinion brings a balance to the table and although he has maintained this title for a number of years, we still continue to see huge improvements in his dancing. In the past we have critiqued the isolation in the upper body and this time we saw a step ahead in this criteria. We can easily see how Giovanni is able to maintain his Ohio title after a number of years, congratulations to him!". Giovanni and Jolanta went on to win the Advanced Gold category of the Best of the Best on Thursday night. Closing a terrific year of successes for him.
Andrea Flink with Val Grebening danced in the smooth category and also performed a beautifully coreographed routine by Bruno Collins in the Best of the Best division getting in the top 10.
Barbara Selz with Darius Mosteika were the last to compete on Saturday and started with a 51 couple First Round and made it all the way to earning a well deserved spot in the final. They placed 6th overall but the Silver Standard division starts at 50 years young. What a way to wrap up the 38th Ohio for the Westside studio. Go Westside!
Northeast Dancesport Championship
Situated in Whippany, Marriott Hanover is a four-star property in the suburbs approximately 40 miles from
New York City. It provided a beautiful atmostphere for the many dancers that came to compete at this year's event. Many of our students went to compete and did a spectacular job at representing our studio. We are so very proud, and would like to congratulate all of them!!!
Mindy Meads for her first ever competition shared Anton Gregoriev with Celia Gately and Amanda Valeur.
Adele on her second competition with Yury Stefanskiy.
Cecelia Gielchriest and Kathy Hoffman danced with Darius Mosteika.
During the evening Celia Gately received an awrd for Top Bronze overall student. Anton took a second place in the Top Teacher category. Giovanni received a special award for achievement in dance, the John Allen award and here is a photo of Giovanni with Jolanta, Laura Martin and Jeannie Penatello.
Paragon Open Dancesport ChallengeThe competition took place at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye Brook, New York. They accomodated competitors, performers, and spectators from all around the world. It brought much excitement this year with a new location and an even bigger and better event. It is with great pride that we recognize our winner from the West Side: Andrea Flink, Giovanni Fortezza. Congratulations!!!
Fred Astaire National ChampionshipsMarked as one of the largest competitions in Orlando, it was sure to have been one amazing week for this year's competitors. It was held in the lovely Hilton Bonnet Creek Walt Disney Resort 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: Adele Morrissette on her first competition with Yury Stefansky, Lynn Shanahan with Darius Mosteika who won her open smooth division and crushed her competition, and Barbara Selz with Darius Mosteika who won her International Standard division. Let's hear it for our ladies!!!
Hotlanta The ClassicThis year's competition fulfilled their promise on being an event you did not want to miss. It was surely a fun wekeend full of competitive dancing, workshops, parties and great show performances. The event was held in the beautiful art-deco W Atlanta Midtown Hotel. Many competitors from around the globe came to participate at the event. The West Side would like to extend a big round of applause to our winner: Kathy Hoffman. Congratulations!!!
Constitution State ChallengeThis year the event was held at the Marriot Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. It was definitely one of their most successful years yet. Many different dancers from around the world came to compete in hopes of making it to the top. The West Side would like to congratulate with a grand applause our student, Lynn Shanahan, who represented us in the professional/amateur division. We would also like to congratulate one of our fabulous instructors, Jaki Brockman, who competed on a professional level and made it all the way to the finals! We are so very proud!!
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 Lynn Shanahan. Let's hear it for them!!
Dance Among the Stars 2015
On July 1 the cast of Fred Astaire Dance Studio presented its 10th 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.