How do I get started?
Fred Astaire Dance Studios offer new students an Introductory package that consists of 2 private lessons, 1 group lesson, and a practice party at a great discount. Private lessons can be scheduled from 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM Monday through Friday or by special appointment on weekends.
After the Introductory lessons, you would continue at the Beginner level. The cost varies depending on your ability and how many dances you’d want to learn, which determines how many lessons you would need.
We don’t have pre-set packages—we design each student’s program individually based on their interests and goals. We teach using a Three Tiered System, consisting of Private Lessons, Group Lessons, and Practice Parties. By employing all three in unison, you will become a better dancer at a much faster pace.
Lessons are purchased in units, consisting of the private, group and practice lessons you will need to progress through a particular level.
Call the studio to schedule an appointment for your first lesson, or click here to purchase an Introductory package.
How should I dress for my lesson?
Wear something comfortable that won’t inhibit movement. Of course, comfortable shoes are recommended! We suggest a pair of leather-soled shoes for gentlemen and a hard-soled dress shoe with a back for the ladies.
Tennis shoes or anything with a rubber sole tends to stick to the floor and make movements like turns more difficult. To help keep our hardwood dance floor dry, grit-free, and generally in good condition, we ask you to bring the shoes with you that you intend to wear for your lesson and change once you get to the studio.
How do I care for my dance shoes?
Like any other physical activity, ballroom dancing has shoes for both men and women that are specially designed for the unique demands dancing puts on your feet. Wearing the correct footwear will make it safer and easier to dance.
Most ballroom dance shoes have suede soles, so don’t wear them as street shoes. Always bring them with you in a bag or box to the studio, brush the soles to raise the nap after each wearing, and try to never get the soles wet.
Our staff members can help you find the proper fit in our own line of top quality dance shoes. Treat your dance shoes with respect, and they will last quite a long time.
Do I need a partner?
No. We teach both singles and couples. If you come in as a single student, your instructor will be your partner for your private lessons, and our group and practice lessons will provide plenty of opportunity to meet other students with the same interests and goals.
What is a private lesson?
Private lessons are 45 minutes long and consist of one student or a couple working with one instructor.
Most students try to come in a couple of times a week for private lessons. Scheduling your lessons closer together means you will retain more information, spend less time reviewing, and learn more quickly. Private lessons are the easiest way to learn to dance because they fit into your schedule, focus on your areas of interest, and move at your pace. It is most effective to use private lessons in conjunction with group and practice lessons to fine tune material introduced in a group setting.
Private lessons are by appointment only and may be scheduled from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday by appointment only.
What is a group lesson?
A group lesson is 45 minutes long and consists of several students learning from one instructor. Most students try to get to a couple of group classes each week.
Students work on the mechanics of dancing like musical timing, footwork, arm position and general technique. We show how all parts of the body work together to create the characteristic style of each dance so they look and feel like they should on the dance floor.
Group classes are scheduled almost every night of the week and cover a wide variety of dances and techniques providing all levels of students with the opportunity to participate. Check your studio calendar for this month’s schedule.
What is a practice party?
Our weekly practice parties prepare you for dancing socially and allow you to apply material learned in your private and group lessons without the pressure of the public eye upon you. Students attend to have fun, learn, and dance, and they often schedule a private or group lesson the same evening they come to the practice party.
The practice parties are beneficial for students of all levels. We announce with each song what type of dance it is and the teachers are available to answer questions and help refresh your memory! We demonstrate several popular social dances and often have performances showcasing our staff or students at various levels of dancing.
Practice parties also give students the chance to introduce their friends and family to the world of dancing while earning FREE bonus lesson for themselves! Check our monthly calendar for the schedule, and ask your instructor for details.
What types of dances do you teach?
We teach all forms of partnership dance: Ballroom, Country, Swing, and Latin. Our goal is to prepare you to dance with confidence in any social situation. Our American style curriculum includes 13 dances that will allow you to dance anywhere, with anyone, on any occasion! Our instructors are knowledgeable and versatile in both American and International styles and can teach any dance you want to learn.
The most common social dances are Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Salsa/Mambo, Eastern Swing (which includes the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, etc.), Samba, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, West Coast Swing, Country-Western (Texas Two-Step, Three-Step, and Polka). Other dances we teach include Bolero, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Argentine Tango and Paso-Doble.
Can I focus on 1 or 2 dances at a time?
Many students come to the studio wanting to learn one type of dance, such as Salsa or the Texas Two-Step, but they soon realize that it is just as easy to learn 3 or 4 dances as it is to learn one at a time. In fact, our curriculum is designed to work synergistically between all the dances you learn. The hip action you learn in Merengue will improve your Cha-Cha. Underarm turns from the Waltz will smooth out your Hustle. In most dance situations, you will need to know a variety of steps in several different dances.
Is it difficult to learn to dance?
No! Our Conceptual Method of Teaching and Three Tiered System of instruction make it easy to learn dance. Of course, it will take time to learn the various dances and a repertoire of steps in each, but it’s a fun and easy process! Like any activity that develops physical coordination, a couple of lessons won’t do the job but a steady approach with periodic practice will produce visible results in a short period.
Where will I use this style of dancing?
The dances taught at Fred Astaire Dance Studios can be used in any social situation. Although many students initially come to learn for a special occasion like a wedding, cruise, or charity gala, they find many other times when it is useful and enjoyable to know how to dance.
We provide many opportunities for you to use your new dancing skills, such as our weekly practice parties and numerous social events all over Houston.
Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes, we do. They make a great gift for the holiday season, for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries or any time. Click here to purchase a gift certificate.
Some engaged couples even include us on their wedding registry, so that after the wedding, they can continue to enjoy quality time set aside to focus on each other, learning and growing together. Dancing is a wonderful way to keep the spark of romance alive in a relationship!
Gift certificates for new students for the Introductory package are most popular, but they can be purchased in any amount and given to our current students to put toward lessons, dance shoes, or other activities. Ask one of our staff members for details.