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.

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.

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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!!

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.


NY/NJ Dancesport Challenge Competition

This 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!!

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.

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!!!


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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 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?

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