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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.

Fred Astaire World Championships

Marked 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!!!

Midsummer Night's Heat Practice Party

Join us for our next Pratice Party on Friday, July 25th. 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.

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.

A special thank you goes out to the wonderful cast of talented students and teachers, Cecelia Gielchriest our producer, Val Grebenin our music director, Darius Mosteika our Director and Bruno Collins our choreographer.

Some of the photos of the event are available here. All the photos are available for sale directly from our photographers' website password: Dance2014

Twin Cities Open Ballroom Championships

This 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.

Millennium Dancesport Championships

The event, this year, was held at the beautiful Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina.  The competition was tough between many different dancers that came to compete at the event. We are privledged to acknowledge one our own students who represented us with great pride: Andrea Flink. Let's hear it for her!!

Chicago Crystal Ball Dancesport Competition

The 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!!

Top Studio for the 11th year in a row

Dancing a la carte dancesport championships

After 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 Open

Lynn 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 Birthday

This 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!!!

Spring Swing at the Edison Ballroom

The Edison Ballroom is hosting its annual swing into spring event! It will be featuring Joe Battaglia and his New York Big Band. The event will be held on Friday, May 30th 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."

 

 

Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships

As 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 Championships

This 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 Championships

The 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!

Indianapolis Open Dancesport Competition

This year the competition took place in the Grand Ballroom of the beautiful Westin 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 and Philip Widlanski!

St Louis Star Ball Championships

This year the competition was held at the lovely Renaissance St Louis Airport Hotel. Many talented dancers from all around the country competed at the event. We would like to congratulate our winner from the West Side: Giovanni Fortezza!!

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.

Dance Among the Stars 2013


On Thursday, June 27 Fred Astaire and GOYA presented Dance Among the Stars 2013 and the GOYA Foods Salsa Dance Off to benefit the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry.

The show this year was sponsored by GOYA Foods and featured our very own Fred Astaire stars and their instructors. Along with five television network celebrities that squared off in the the Goya Salsa Dance Off – a dance competition (ala Dancing with the Stars). Our NY celebrities, David Ushery of NBC, Audrey Puente of FOX, Hazel Sanchez of CBS, Liliana Ayende of Univision and Jonathan Inoa of NY1, gave battle on the dance floor and rallied the crowd. Liliana Ayende of Univision with her instructor/partner Tim Shalnev took home the first place trophy.

Thanks to the celebrities participating in our show we had network coverage from NBC, FOX, Univision and NY1. Check out the coverage on our video page.

 

 

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 2013

Thanks 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?

Click on the link and download the article.