Lessons & Activities
Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios offer instruction on Private and Group levels. Practice Sessions are also offered at every studio and through a combination of these classes, learning how to dance is easy and fun!
On your first lesson, you’ll already learn the basic elements on which all dance patterns are based, and by the end of your first lesson you’ll be well on your way to dancing!
Don’t put it off for another minute – walk into any Fred Astaire Dance Studio and dance out!
Contact us to book your first lesson.
Our Wedding Dance Programmes
For your important day, we want to help you make it even more special. Our customised wedding dance programme is tailored to your needs and will give you the skill and confidence to perform a variety of different dances. This of course includes your first dance together. When that magical first dance arrives, your friends and family will be amazed by your grace, elegance and style.
In a very short space of time, our qualified instructors can teach you a few basic steps or choreograph the whole dance for you to your preferred music. We can choreograph a dance for the wedding couple only, or for the entire bridal party. The wedding party could include the parents of the bride and groom, other family members and even your wedding guests. It’s up to you!
Most couples have selected a special song for their first dance and we will work with you on simple, yet elegant choreography that will make your first dance extra special.
Enjoying time together while learning to dance is a great hobby for any couple to share. Use your first dance as a wonderful way to begin your new life together, but through our programme, you will also have the gift of dance to share for the rest of your lives.
Our three-tiered teaching method allows you to learn to dance through regularly scheduled private lessons with your instructor, as well as through group lessons and practice lessons or socials.
Our teaching method is made up of three levels of learning:
1. Private Lessons
You receive regular private lessons with one or more teachers where you get personalised and specialised instruction. This one-on-one instruction allows you progress at your own pace while developing the ability to lead or follow any partner.
2. Group Lessons
On group lessons, students learn in a group headed by an instructor. In these lessons, you will learn additional patterns, style and technique, while meeting other students with similar dancing goals and aspirations. Back on your private lesson, you can also revise what you’ve learnt in the group lesson, further enhancing your learning.
3. Practice Lessons/Socials
As the name implies, practice lessons allow you to practice what you have learnt in your private and group lessons. The practice sessions allow you to make your dancing work in a live setting with different people, as you have the opportunity to dance with different dance partners. Through these sessions, your teacher can also assess your progress and tailor your private lessons to your on-going needs. Practice sessions are also a great social opportunity to meet other students.
Our dance instructors are not only highly trained and skilled as dancers; they are also highly skilled educators. Their continual training to improve themselves gives them the ability to teach our students at such high levels. The Fred Astaire Curriculum certification is a rigorous training programme. All our teachers are required to do ongoing certification, ensuring that they are properly qualified to teach our students.
Our Trophy System
The Fred Astaire Trophy System allows you to track your dance progress as you learn new variations and types of dance. We use the Social and Advanced Foundation Programmes for beginner students and these teach the basic step patterns and techniques that allow you to move comfortably on the dance floor with any partner. You can then progress through the Bronze and Silver levels – all the way to the Gold level if you choose to! – Depending on your individual goals.
Through our advanced and comprehensive dance curriculum, we cover the full range of Ballroom, Latin-American, and International Style dances. Our world famous dance champions and registered judges on the Fred Astaire National Dance Board constantly review our curriculum. This ensures that only the finest, up-to-date programmes are being offered to our students.