Who we are
About Cofounded by the legendary Fred Astaire, our studios set the standard of excellence in dance instruction. From Ballroom to Latin to Swing to Salsa, we offer all styles of dance lessons, for all ages and abilities, in a fun atmosphere, with many conveniently located studios throughout the world!
We are proud of our great dance heritage which began in 1947 when the Master of Dance himself, Mr. Fred Astaire, cofounded our company.
Mr. Fred Astaire, an American icon, wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name to make sure that his techniques would be preserved and passed onto the public. Mr. Astaire was instrumental in the choice of dance curriculum and instructional techniques. With the opening of the first Fred Astaire Studio on Park Avenue in New York City, Fred Astaire brought his immense talent out of the glamour of Hollywood and onto the dance floors of America and the world.
“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born,” Astaire once observed, “but all the good dancers I have known are 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.”
Today, numerous Fred Astaire Dance Franchised Studios, located in cities throughout North America, are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence through our National Dance Board and Fred Astaire Curriculum certification. Although Mr. Astaire is no longer with us in person, our studios have produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers who are a living embodiment of his style and grace.