Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Fred Astaire Dance Studio
726 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530Directions


What Makes Fred Astaire Dance Studios Special?

From wedding dance instruction, a new hobby or way to connect with your partner, improving your social life, physical and emotional health, or taking your dance skills to the next level, dancing with Fred Astaire Dance Studios will result in faster learning, higher levels of achievement – and lots of smiles. So, why should you choose Fred Astaire Dance Studios?

Because an atmosphere of kindness, warmth and inspiration awaits you at every Fred Astaire Dance Studio!
It’s what our clients tell us they notice from the first time they step inside – a friendly energy, and a sense of “FADS community” that is welcoming, 100% non-judgmental, and truly joyful! Our passion is helping to enrich lives – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially – through the positive, transforming power of dance.

Because ballroom dance lessons should always be FUN!
The teaching philosophy at every Fred Astaire Dance studio is simple and straightforward: learning how to ballroom dance is always fun! We work with students of all ages and abilities, and our friendly and inspirational atmosphere will help make your ballroom dance journey a reality. There are thousands of reasons why people start dance lessons – and once we show you how much fun ballroom dancing can be, we know you’ll want to keep coming back!


For Wedding Dance Memories That Will Last a Lifetime…

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and Fred Astaire Dance Studios understands this. As a matter of fact, your special day is the start of a lifetime of happiness in more ways than one!

Our customized Wedding Dance Program gives the bride, groom and the entire wedding party the confidence and skills to enjoy the first dance AND a variety of dances. In a short amount of time, our qualified professionals will assist in teaching you a few basic steps OR choreograph your “special dance.” We do it all…..from basic instruction to video-worthy full-blown choreographed mash-ups.

While planning your wedding day details usually begin 6 months to a year in advance, please don’t underestimate that these lessons are a great way to have fun, relax and enjoy the time together all while learning how to dance. AND in most cases, we pride ourselves in not teaching you A dance, we teach you HOW to dance. So you’ll have fun on your romantic honeymoon, social parties with friends and at any future events together as husband and wife.

Feel the magic of dance together! Many of our clients begin as engaged couples and continue taking lessons for years to come. With this healthy and fun hobby, your love will be forever and your fun on the dance floor will be endless.

Congratulations! Don’t wait… us today! We have a personalized program just for you!

Company History

History of Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Today, one almost can’t turn on the TV or radio, or open a newspaper, magazine, or web page without hearing a mention of Mr. Fred Astaire in reference to dancing. He has left a lasting impact on the world and when people think of a dancing legend, Fred Astaire is the first to come to mind. We are proud of our great dance heritage which began in 1947 when the Master of dance himself, Mr. Fred Astaire, co-founded our company.

Mr. Fred Astaire, considered to be the greatest multitalented dancer of all time, 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.

Fred Astaire

“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born.” Astaire once observed. “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.”

Today, numerous Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located in cities throughout North America and internationally, are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence through our International Dance Council and Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios 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 the living embodiment of his style and grace.


  1. Why should my fiancée and I take Wedding Dance lessons?
    From ceremony to reception, your wedding day is a celebration of your love for each other. Everything you’re planning – the venue, flowers, attire, food, music, and more will be a reflection of your style and personality, and your First Dance should be, too! For many couples, however, their First Dance can be a nerve-wracking experience. But after just a few Wedding Dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, you’ll have the skills and confidence to wow your guests on the dance floor and create special memories you’ll always treasure. Wedding Dance lessons are also a great way to have fun and relax before the Big Day. Think of it as “date nights”! With all the decisions and deadlines involved in wedding planning, enjoying this time together can help you both de-stress and re-energize, and we guarantee you’ll have LOTS of fun.
  2. How do your Wedding dance programs work?
    At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, our Wedding Dance programs are tailored to you – your style & personality, and your priorities for the music and choice of dance. Our friendly, certified Dance Instructors can teach everything from a few simple dance steps to a fully-choreographed routine for your entire wedding party – it’s up to you!
  3. If you’re reading this now, it’s probably time to get started because the longer you wait, the less time you have to create your dream Wedding Dance! Due to wedding couples’ typically hectic schedules, we recommend getting started at least 5-6 months before your wedding. This will give you plenty of time for scheduling lessons (for you, and possibly your parents and wedding party), and to truly feel confident with your dance. Of course, we can help couples who have less time available, too. Don’t put it off – contact us today to get started.

  4. It all starts with a free consultation at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. We’ll discuss your plans, and learn more about your dream Wedding Dance. We encourage you to bring along favorite songs, pictures of the venue & your wedding attire, examples of dance videos you love, etc. Everything you can share helps us understand your goals for the day, so we can help you create a Wedding Dance experience that will amaze your guests and make your wedding even more special.

  5. We offer special introductory packages that help you create a dream Wedding Dance that’s a great value. Beyond that, we will tailor a program to meet your individual goals and budget. Lessons with just the two of you can range from a few simple dance steps to a fully-choreographed dance. We can include your wedding party, for a YouTube-worthy routine. And including your parents (or special friends or family members who will be standing in that traditional role) in your Wedding Dance can be a wonderful way to show your love and appreciation. It’s totally up to you!

  6. Yes! Including your parents (or friends or family members who will be standing in that role) in your wedding dance can make your time on the dance floor extra special, and it’s a demonstration of your love and appreciation for them. While our main focus and priority will be on your First Dance, we do suggest a few lessons for parents if you plan to feature a traditional Mother/Son and Father/Daughter specialty dance during your reception.

  7. We realize that some Students arrive for lessons straight from the office, and others may be dressed more casually for their lessons – either is fine. The most important thing is to wear something comfortable, which allows you to move easily. Of course, you’ll also want to select comfortable shoes. We suggest leather-sole shoes for gentlemen, and a shoe with a back for ladies (similar to what you might wear to go out dancing). If you’ve already purchased your wedding shoes, we suggest you bring them along to your first lesson, so we can help you determine if you’ll be able to dance comfortably in them. Please note that athletic shoes do NOT work well on the ballroom dance floor because they stick, which will make it difficult to move your feet.

  8. While wedding shoes are a beautiful accessory for your wedding attire, they are not always designed for comfort or movement. We recommend that you bring your wedding shoes to your first dance lesson, so your Fred Astaire Dance Studios Instructor can help you determine whether you can comfortably dance in them, or whether you should consider a pair of ballroom dancing shoes for your First Dance and reception. Your friends and family won’t even notice the switch – but you’ll be so much more comfortable!

  9. The number of lessons you’ll want to take depends on the type of First Dance you want to create. Our certified Instructors and Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ proven method of teaching ensure that you’ll learn as much as possible, in the shortest amount of time, with the most retention, and the most FUN. We work with you to create a First Dance that fits your vision, in the amount of time you have available. We can guarantee you’ll feel confident and comfortable on your Wedding Day. In fact, you’ll be on your way to confident dancing by the end of your very first lesson!

  10. Not at all. If you have a specific song in mind, definitely let us know so we can help you select a dance that matches it well – but it’s not required. In fact, when you’re introduced to the different styles of partner dance, you may discover that you really like a dance style that doesn’t match your music! Whatever you decide, we’ll be there to help make your First Dance totally “yours”.

  11. At Fred Astaire Dance Studios, we are experts at all styles of ballroom dance – and can incorporate any one (or more!) of them into your Wedding Dance choreography. From a classic Waltz or Foxtrot or sultry Tango, to a fun & lively Country Western Two-Step and more, our certified Dance Instructors can help!

BOLI Love!

We loved working with Manuel for our first dance! We are both terrible at dancing, so it was great to have a couple of introductory lessons and then a choreographed routine for the first dance. Manuel was great at creating a routine that was not too flashy or difficult but sweet and very doable for us. He was always personable and very patient with our slow progress! Our first dance turned out great on the wedding day and we are so happy with it!

Natalie H.

These people are great. Whether you're planning for a wedding or just trying to not look like an idiot on Saturday night, these people will teach you to be a pro.

Chris D.

Just incredible! Anneliece, Kimberly, and Kurt are such amazing teachers! They helped my husband and I prepare a beautiful dance for our wedding. Since then we continue to go back every week. They have made us feel so welcomed and even my husband who never enjoyed dancing loves it because of these three amazing people. Thank you all. If you have ever thought about dancing this is the place to go, you will love it.

Danielle R.

I've been taking lessons here with my fiancé to prepare for our wedding. We have had such an awesome time! Both being complete beginners and not comfortable dancing, Kurt has helped us so much. He is an incredible teacher, and truly such a great person. He makes the experience so fun and exciting. The entire staff here is friendly, professional, and so talented. I highly recommend this studio to anyone looking to learn to dance!

Allison G.

This dance studio is wonderful. The staff is extremely inviting, helpful and friendly. My fiancé and I are getting married and decided to try out a lesson and we were a little nervous but our instructor Kurt made us feel very comfortable from the very beginning. Our classes are very organized and their social dance classes are a lot of fun! I highly recommend this studio if your preparing for your Wedding or just looking to have some fun and learn some new dance moves.

Rachael S.

We took a dance lesson here for our wedding and are so happy we did! Since we only had a week until our wedding, we only had time for one lesson (although the studio was very kind in offering us multiple lessons in a day). Yet, our guests thought we had been taking lessons for months! Our lesson was so helpful -- the entire staff is so friendly and wonderful at providing instructions. We genuinely enjoyed the class and put it to great use at the wedding. I was honestly nervous and not looking forward to the first dance, but Fred Astaire Dance Studios made the first dance one of my favorite parts of our wedding.

Heather D.

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