See for yourself why we're New Jersey's Best Place for Ballroom Lessons! Voted Essex County’s “Best Dance Studio” by Suburban Essex Magazine Readers. The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Upper Montclair® features a full size ballroom floor, plus a separate full size classroom for group classes, shows or wedding choreography.
Schedule a tour and we’ll tell you all about the features of the studio, show you our cozy coffee bar, talk about our dance-store where we sell dance shoes and practice gear, and answer any questions you might have about your upcoming lessons. We have a large ballroom for private lessons and parties, and a smaller classroom for group instruction and alternative dance classes. You might like to try our Zumba® fitness class, led by certified Zumba® instructor Jenn D, Music for Aardvarks®, which introduces music and movement to children - from babies up to 5 years old, or our Broadway styles Jazz class for adults, led by Broadway veteran Lois Englund.
You’ll probably see a number of private lessons happening on the main ballroom floor. We teach all levels of dance, and our students consist of beginners all the way through to U.S. and World Champions, that we’re proud to say we trained.
Starting with our Introductory Program, our students learn how to dance a little sample of dances like Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Hustle, Salsa and more. Then they progress to our Beginner Program where the study a little more. After the Beginner Program, we sit with you and design a program that suits your time and financial budget. Our students then progress through our programs, becoming a good Bronze dancer, a stunning Silver dancer, or a near-professional level Gold dancer. Most of our dancers dance for social reasons, but some become competitors or take part in our annual Showcase, complete with a 500-seat auditorium, lighting and effects. Many of our students participate in our jazz dance program, our Zumba® fitness classes, or bring their kids for children’s private ballroom or Latin dancing lessons.
We’ve gotten a reputation in town for being the “fancy” or “serious” studio. Sure, we're fancy, elegant, and have produced some US Champions, but we're also fun, quirky and extremely social. If you think ballroom lessons are too expensive, you haven't tried us. We have FLEXIBLE programs that are custom-made for each individual dancer. Fred Astaire Upper Montclair. Live. Love. Dance. For the raw beginner, and the shy guy with the "two-left foot" complex. Not just for the snooty. (But, yeah, we cater to the snooty too!) Call us! 973-783-8999