Welcome to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Upper Montclair®, NJ. Founded in 1998, the Fred Astaire has recently been nominated Best Dance Studio | Best of Essex 2011. If you’re looking for dance lessons near Verona, Cedar Grove, West Caldwell, the Caldwells, West Orange, Essex Fells, Clifton, Wayne, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Fred Astaire® of Upper Montclair is for you. Our students come from Essex County, Passaic, Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union, Sussex and Somerset Counties.
The moment you walk inside a Fred Astaire Dance Studio®, you’ll quickly realize why we’re steps above the rest. Over 100 studios spread throughout the United States are teaching the “Fred Astaire® way.” Our instructors are certified in the style of teaching developed by Fred Astaire himself. Owners Kostadin Bidjourov and Carrie Babcock are 5-Time US Champions, have appeared on television's "America's Ballroom Challenge" and 2006 US Finalists. Their commitment to the Fred Astaire® mission - “to enrich the lives of each and every person who comes in contact with the Fred Astaire Dance Studios®” is part of the warmth and charm you’ll feel when you step foot in the Fred Astaire® of Upper Montclair.
You’ll probably want to get started with our Introductory Special. We offer a variety of dances and dance styles. No partner or experience is necessary. At Fred Astaire®, we recommend that you start with a group class, where you’ll learn some fundamental steps that will get you out on the dance floor in no time. During your first program, one of the first things you’ll learn is how much fun ballroom dancing can be. Our group classes are a great way to learn new steps, and a fun way to meet new people. Our group classes for beginners are held every Thursday night at 8:30 PM, so you can get started whenever it’s comfortable for you! If you’re shopping around, you’ll discover we may not be the cheapest dance studio, but we are confident that we have the most skilled staff and satisfied student body in NJ.
At Fred Astaire®, we have dance instruction for everyone! We offer jazz dance classes, Zumba® Fitness Classes with certified Zumba® Fitness Instructor Jennifer Donayre-Manderichio, Broadway-style Jazz dance classes, children’s programs, kid’s fitness-dance classes, ballroom and Latin, and a highly-successful wedding dance program. We also teach groups, privates and through party dancing. Whether you want to learn to tango or waltz, salsa or swing, with a partner or by yourself, come to the Award-winning Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Upper Montclair®.