Welcome

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.

DVD Release Practice Party

Join us for our next Practice Party on Friday, September 18th. It will be an evening filled with lovely treats and drinks, lots of music 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.

SWING INTO AUTUMN AT THE EDISON BALLROOM

The Edison Ballroom is hosting its Annual September Swing Event! It will be featuring Joe Battaglia and his New York Big Band. The event will be held on Friday, September 11th starting at 7:00pm.

It will include VIP seating, a delicious dinner, an open bar and of course fabulous dancing. Enjoy a lovely night of "dining, dancing and romancing."

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.

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. An additional mention is in order for the Tango group number coreographed by our very own Val Grebenin.

All the photos are available for sale directly from our photographers' website and you can see a selection of the photos right on our site in the gallery section.

Dance Among the Stars Highlight Reel

A short recap of our fun evening at the High School of Arts, Imagination and Inquiry

Special acknowledgement

Stephanie and Craig Basman, had their beautiful wedding at the Pierre in September of last year and sent us this photo with the following thank you message:
"Dear Jaki, thank you for teaching us to dance! You helped make our wedding day truly magical." Love Stephanie and Craig Basman

Ohio Star Ball

Celebrating their 37th year Ohio Star Ball was certainly one of 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. Dancers from many different areas in 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. Lets hear it for them!!

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!!

Fred Astaire National Championships

Marked 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: Philip Widlanski, Celia Gately and Lynn Shanahan who won her open smooth division and crushed her competition. Let's hear it for them!!!

Hotlanta The Classic

This 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 students that danced spectacularly: Michael Barosky, Karen Danziger, Giovanni Fortezza and Barbara Selz. Congratulations!!!

Constitution State Challenge

This 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!!

Paragon Open Dancesport Challenge

The 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. Congratulations!!!

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

USDC14-Giovanni and Jolanta A2 winnersThe “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 Championships

Running 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!!