Monday, July 20, 2009

"Dancertainment" In New Jersey

An evening of Dancertainment sponsored by Fred Astaire and the Upper Montclair Business Association (UMBA)

On Thursday, July 23, Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Upper Montclair, NJ and UMBA will present an evening of "Dancing Under The Stars." The evening's theme revolves around a century of dance and will include dance demonstrations from all levels of Fred Astaire students - from newcomers to seasoned veterans. The participants will be demonstrating dances from the 1920s to the dances of today. Some of the dances that will be showcased are: the Quickstep, Cha-Cha, Tango, Jitter-bug, Lindyhop, Twist, Swing, Mambo, Dirty dancing, Hustle and even some Hip-hop. Iconic songs will represent the different decades, with hits such as "Tammy" and the "Tennessee Waltz," "La Comparisita," "Hey Baby," "Rock Around The Clock," "Zoot Suit Riot," "Footloose," "Staying Alive," "Dancing Queen," and more to showcase the dances of different eras and how they're still relevant today. Carrie Babcock, co-owner of Fred Astaire and 5-Time US Champion, will be MCing the event along with teaching introductory ballroom lessons and line dances.

The evening will also include a dance off judged by UMBA members and will wrap up with the 9:15 pm practice party at the studio!

The aim of Fred Astaire of Upper Montclair and UMBA is to entertain through the wonderful medium of dance. Ballroom Dancing is hotter than ever, with hit shows such as ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," and spin-offs such as "Step It Up" and "Dance Your A&* Off." There's never been a better time to experience ballroom dance in America!

Everyone is highly encouraged to come out and participate in this fantastic event so wear your best period garb - gangster zoot-suits and flapper dresses, poodle skirts and saddle shoes, the rat-pack garb, keds and capris (ala Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing), bell-bottoms and leisure suits from the 70s, or your latest, trendiest little black dress of today. The event is going to be a blast and you certainly will not want to miss it!

604 Valley Road
Upper Montclair, New Jersey 07043
5:00 PM- 10:00 PM

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