The History of Fred Astaire Dance Studios
When people think of a dancing legend, Fred Astaire is usually the first to come to mind. Just the mention of Fred Astaire brings up images of graceful dance. Our great dance heritage began in 1947 when the Master of Dance himself, Mr Fred Astaire, co-founded our company. We are proud of the lasting impact he has left on the world.
One of the greatest multi-talented dancers of all time, Fred Astaire wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name. The intention was to ensure that his techniques would be preserved and passed on to the public. He was instrumental our unique instructional techniques and in the choice of our extensive dance curriculum. The first Fred Astaire Studio opened in New York City on Park Avenue and it was with this studio that Mr Fred Astaire brought his immense talent onto the dance floors of not only America, but the world.
After opening these studios, Fred Astaire once said: “Some people seem to think that good dancers are born. All the good dancers I’ve known have been taught or trained. To me, dancing has always been fun. I enjoy every minute of it. I am glad that I can now put my knowledge to use in bringing personal confidence and a feeling of achievement to so many people”.
There are now numerous Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located in cities throughout the world. The highest standards of excellence in dance maintained at these Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios are achieved through our National Dance Board and Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios curriculum certification.
Our studios have produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers who are living embodiments of the grace and style Mr Fred Astaire.
Biography of Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire was born in 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska and began show business at the young age of 5, performing with his sister, Adele on Broadway and in Vaudeville. He soon headed to Hollywood where he began his successful partnership with Ginger Rogers through which they produced nine movies. By 1976, he had made 33 musical films with esteemed co-stars such as Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse. He also co-starred with some of the biggest actors of that time, including Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, and Gene Kelly.Being a great dancer, with his style and grace, Fred Astaire changed the face of the American movie musical. He was also a great actor and starred in many different comedic and dramatic roles in both movies and TV specials. For his work in television, he won multiple Emmy awards, as well as an Oscar nomination for his role in The Towering Inferno (1974). In 1950, he also received an honorary Academy Award for his “unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures”.
Fred Astaire passed away from pneumonia in 1987, and a true dancing legend was lost. As Mikhail Baryshnikov observed, “No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business”.