The History of Fred Astaire Dance Studios
When people think of a dancing legend, Fred Astaire is generally the first to come to mind. Just the mention of Fred Astaire brings up images of dance and grace. Our proud dance heritage began in 1947 when the Master of Dance himself, Mr Fred Astaire, co-founded our company and he has left a lasting impact on the world.
Fred Astaire, being one of the greatest multi-talented dancers of all time, wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name to make sure that his techniques would be preserved and passed on to the public. He was instrumental in our unique instructional techniques and the choice of dance curriculum. The first Fred Astaire Studio opened on Park Avenue in New York City. With this studio, Fred Astaire brought his immense talent onto the dance floors of America and the world.
Fred Astaire once said: “Some people seem to think that good dancers are born. 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, there are numerous Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located in cities throughout North America and in many other counties around the globe. Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence in dance and this is achieved through our National Dance Board and Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios curriculum certification.
Our amateur and professional dancers are living embodiments of the style and grace of Mr Fred Astaire, and our studios have produced a wealth of them.
Biography of Fred Astaire
Mr Fred Astaire was born in 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska and began show business at the very young age of 5, performing with his sister, Adele on Broadway and in Vaudeville. Fred then headed to Hollywood where he began his successful partnership with Ginger Rogers for a series of nine movies. He had made 33 musical films by 1976, with esteemed co-stars such as Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, Joan Crawford, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse.
He also co-starred with Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, and Gene Kelly, as well as some other of the biggest actors of that time. Fred Astaire was a great dancer and changed the face of the American movie musical with his style and grace. However, he was also a great actor and starred in many different dramatic and comedic roles in both movies and TV specials. He won multiple Emmy awards for his work in television, as well as an Oscar nomination for his role in The Towering Inferno (1974). He also received an honorary Academy Award in 1950 for his “unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures”.
In 1987, Fred Astaire passed away from pneumonia. We lost a true dancing legend. As Mikhail Baryshnikov observed at the time of his death, “No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business”.