Monday, June 25, 2007

Fred Astaire Dancer wins Accolades in Dancebeat

Congratulations to Charlotte Carey and Kostadin Bidjourov, of the Upper Montclair Fred Astaire studio!

Charlotte has been dancing for years, and only came to find Kostadin after seeing him dance in a show with his professional partner, Carrie Babcock. After a few years of struggle, she decided to leave her former teacher (non-FADS) to study with Kostadin.

Charlotte has been dancing with Kostadin for 2 years now and here’s what DanceBeat magazine had to say about their performance at the EMERALD Ball:

DANCEBEAT – Edition 0607
Page 19
Emerald Ball Pro/Am C Open Standard Championships
Review by Didio Berrara

Somewhat unexpected but very deserving of the honor of winning this competition was Charlotte Carey partnered by Kostadin Bidjourov. I have watched this lady dance now for many years and have always been a fan of her dancing. I always thought her energy was good and her understanding of the skill, high. On this occasion I think Charlotte has jumped way ahead of her teammates. I have never seen her dance the Standard so well. She was totally in a league of her own, miles away from the challengers. This was a geat win for Charlotte but even a greater win for her dancing.”

Congratulations Charlotte!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Dance Among the Stars

Manhattan's Fred Astaire Dance Studio will produce "Dance Among the Stars," its second annual dance benefit for the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry.

This year's guests will include Tony Dovolani of ABC's hit series "Dancing with the Stars" and his professional dance partner Elena Grinenko, international ballroom dance champions Darius and Jolanta Mosteika, and dancers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio and the Dance Club of the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry.

Dance Among the Stars 2007
to benefit the
High School for Arts Imagination and Inquiry
122 Amsterdam Ave (entrance at 66th street)
Thursday June 28th
Reception 7:30pm
Show starts at 8:15pm
For more infomation please stop by the New York West Side Studio or call 212-595-3200

Friday, June 15, 2007

Dancing with the Stars Rumors

Superstar actor, Al Pacino, told Time Magazine that he would consider going on Dancing with the Stars if he was asked.

He says, "Actually, I would consider it. All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. "But I don't think I would be on Dancing with the Stars mainly because I would be too shy."

In other Dancing with the Stars news, Beverly Hills 90210 star Jennie Garth has confirmed that she will be appearing on the next season. According to her publicist "It's official!"

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Fred Astaire Studios Are Hopping

Studio owner, Evan Mountain, spent some time talking with the Detriot Free Press about how popular ballroom dancing is becoming since the start of Dancing with the Stars.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fred Astaire Movie Clips

Here are some of our favorite Fred Astaire dances from his various movies.




What are your favorite Fred Astaire Dance movies?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser

We are proud to announce that our Fort Walton Beach Fred Astaire Dance Studio performed at the Emerald Coast Conference Center Friday night for Dancing with Desire 2007. The dance performance benefits Desire Street Ministries and Take Stock in Children scholarship program.
Among the list of dancers were Dancing with the Stars Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and more. You can view a short video of the event below.

Young Girls Learning Ballroom Dancing

At Fred Astaire we have always said that ballroom dancing has no age limits. Everyone can learn to dance, and our Panama City dance studio proves it! Three girls take ballroom lessons two times a week for 45 minutes. Their ages range from 7 down to 5 and a half. To learn more, click here for the full article.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Lights, Camera, Action, Dance!

Houston professionals and amateurs are stealing a Houston stage Friday, June 15th, 2007. Talented students of the local, Fred Astaire Dance Studios are coming together to bring “Rhythm of the Night”, 2nd Annual Ballroom Dance Revue to the thespian enthusiast and average Houstonian alike. The Wortham Center won’t be big enough to hold this fantastic display of ballroom dance skill, talent and creativity. One does not have to be a judge on “Dancing with the Stars” to know good dancers when they see them and Houston certainly has their share.

Their ages and dance education all vary, however, each of their star quality is apparent with every step they take. Houston area students will be accompanied by their teachers to dance over 60 different musical routines to a variety of music for the Professional/ Amateur part of the show. The music will be a mix of fun oldies, ranging from the 1930’s and younger, to the popular music of today. This show has something for everyone. Nevertheless, Fred Astaire Dance Studio would not be an awesome host if they did not give the audience a taste of the professional star power in the Professional Act. This delightful act will be accompanied by the sounds of Disney. It’s a family treat for not only our hometown of Houston, but from afar as well. Make sure you pick up your tickets for this fantastic broadway musical dance revue from
For information on taking dance lessons contact your local Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio and who knows, next year it could be you on the Wortham Center Stage.

Ridgefield Dance Studio Says Anyone Can Dance!

Fred Astaire Dance Studios would like to welcome it's newest member into our organization. We have a new studio located in Ridgefield Connecticut, and owners Martin and Gina Goethche say "If you can walk, you can dance. We can teach anyone to dance. Fred Astaire actually developed a teaching system 60 years ago when he opened his first studio in New York. It’s been modernized over the years, but the basic principles are still the same."
Congratulations to Martin and Gina and for more information read this article about their studio and you can visit the Ridgefield Fred Astaire Dance Studio's webpage here.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Dancing to Help Children

Tuscon Fred Astaire Dance Studio Owner, Blake Kish, is preparing choreography for an October fundraising show that will donate gifts to more than 200 children who wont be spending Christmas with their families.

The toys will be given to children living in Sunshine Group Homes, which operates 22 children's homes in Phoenix's western suburbs. All of the children have been abandoned, abused or neglected and have been placed in the homes by Child Protective Services, said Simon Kottoor, chief operating officer of Sunshine Group Homes.

This will be the fifth year he has participated in this event, and will prepare 40 different routines for his dancers to perform.

Click here for the rest of the article, and to learn more about studios in the Arizona region, please visit their regional website.