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Co-founded by the legendary Fred Astaire, our studio sets the standard of excellence in dance instruction. From Ballroom to Latin, from Swing to Salsa, Zumba, Hip Hop or Yoga - we offer all styles of dance lessons for all ages and abilities in a friendly atmosphere.
Learning how to dance is always easy and fun at our Brookfield Fred Astaire Dance Studio! Don‘t put it off for another moment - Walk In and Dance Out!
“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born. But all the good dancers I’ve known are taught or trained.” ~Fred Astaire
Congratulations, you’ve signed up for dance lessons! (Or, at least you’re considering it!) Like many others who are trying out dance lessons for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions. One question we are often asked is: “Is it difficult to learn to dance?” If you’re wondering the same thing, sit tight, we’re here to assure that the answer is a happy “No! It is not difficult to learn how to dance.” Here’s why...
At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we pride ourselves on our talented instructors and how effectively they are able to transfer their knowledge and dance experience to their students (you!). Although dancing itself isn’t easy and requires practice, our instructors know the best way to teach based on your learning style!
His dance was athletic but classical. He was energetic and handsome, and his style as a solo performer uniquely drew in his audience… We’re talking about Gene Kelly, one of the best known icons of the 1940s and 50s.
Born on August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, PA, Kelly was an American film actor and director whose dynamic style combined with classical ballet technique to transform the movie musical. He boldly blended solo dancing, mass movement and offbeat camera angles to tell a story in purely visual terms. Though Kelly struggled early on in his career to establish himself as a star, his first career breakthrough came in 1939 when he danced his own choreography on Broadway in “The Time of Your Life.”
Ask any dancer out there what makes them successful and they will tell you the old saying: practice, practice practice. Whether they’re a ballroom dancer, a ballerina or a breaking out hip-hop dance moves, they all know that what you do when you’re outside the studio is just as important as what you learn inside the studio.
Dance is an art form that has been around for centuries and is one of the most natural forms of expression. However, in order to move your body in a new and different way, you have to train your muscles. So, here are 3 things you can do like the pros to help you improve your dancing outside the studio:
Like learning any skill, to become a good dancer takes patience and consistency! Dance, especially ballroom dance, is really an art form, and it consists of precise movements and bodily responses. This means that it to fine tune your dancing skills, you need to train your muscles to easily recall the steps and proper form.
That’s called muscle memory -- the way your body remembers motor movement through repetition. The memories aren’t actually stored in your muscles, of course, but they become second nature while stored in your brain! By repeating the same thing over and over, the brain knows what comes next without much effort -- the movement seems to just come naturally.
During the beginning stages of learning to dance, we recommend that you schedule your lessons close together - every week to ensure the steps are committed to memory! The less time between lessons means the less you will forget, the less you will need to review, and the more you will be able to learn!
Energetic, unique and danced with playful intensity, the Merengue is also somewhat mysterious! Even though it is considered to be the national dance of the Dominican Republic, the origins of the Merengue are shrouded in folklore! Though it seems to have simply appeared in the world of partner dance, several popular stories have been passed down for centuries that try to explain just how this dance came to be.
The first story has a somber origin, alleging that the dance originated with slaves who were chained together. Out of necessity, the slaves were forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of drums, eventually developing into the basic movement of the dance.
Another story suggests that a great hero was wounded in the leg during one of the many revolutions in the Dominican Republic. A party of villagers welcomed him home with a victory celebration and, out of sympathy, everyone dancing felt obliged to limp and drag one foot.