Fred Astaire is more than just the name of a dance studio, it is a legacy. With spring on its way, we thought we would give you a glimpse into the life of the man, the name, who inspired the dance studio franchise and give you a few reasons why it’s the season to turn back the clock and start swinging in the rain!
Meet Fred Astaire
The talented and charismatic Fred Astaire was an American dancer, singer, actor and choreographer. His career spanned a total of 76 years. He was known for his sense of rhythm and perfectionism. If you looked at any one of his many musical films you would see that he and his on-screen romantic interest, Ginger Rogers, was the embodiment of everything we strive to teach at Fred Astaire today.
Our favourite Fred Astaire dance scenes
If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing one of his films yet, allow us to give you a brief look at his most famous dance scenes, or rather, our favourites.
Hugh Jackman replicated this iconic dance scene at the 2009 Oscar ceremony but, we dare say, no one could ever beat Fred Astaire. Amongst many Fred Astaire look-alikes in the scene, he never fails to shine through as the true star of the scene.
Fred Astaire chose ‘Puttin on the Ritz’ as his swan song after announcing his retirement from film in 1946. Whether it was his announcement or just another brilliant performance, this particular dance scene was definitely one of his most iconic routines.
We have heard this song performed so many times throughout film and television that many have forgotten or do not know that it originated from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This dance scene is one of the most spectacular scenes of the dynamic duo, performed in roller skates no less!
Why Fred Astaire?
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 in 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.
Now you see. Fred Astaire is a legacy and one you should be a part of if dancing is what you wish to learn. At Fred Astaire Roodepoort, you needn’t be a professional to join our family. Join us and start your dancing journey one step at a time. Let’s starting swinging next time it rains!
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