In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio—cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself—opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques.
Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
Let the beat take you away at Milwaukee's Delaware House.
Get down with some dancing! Delaware House offers several different forms so you can tweak your technique to a T.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If dancing is on the agenda, be sure to swing by Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance in Milwaukee for an exciting (and exhausting) experience.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
A Chat with Easy Peasy Ballroom
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Easy Peasy Instructors have decades of teaching experience with which to tailor our teaching style to individual needs.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Dancing is all about having fun with the person moving with you. We will make sure that you will enjoy your experience no matter what your level of experience.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Easy Peasy Ballroom was designed to be a pressure free and fun environment. Unlike other dance studios in the area, we wanted to be customer-focused rather than profit focused.
What do you love most about your job?
Partner dance has helped so many couples re-connect, get to know each other more intimately, and communicate better. Dancing teaches individuals confidence, poise, and expression. We love our job because we get to see people become more alive through dance.
Everybody's welcome to learn to turn, twirl, and trip the light fantastic at Dance Defined Studio. The studio offers classes in hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, and pointe for women, men, and kids of all ages. Small-group classes ensure each dancer receives ample individual attention.
Walking a mile in someone else's shoes can be very educational, especially if the shoes belong to Mandy Carlisle, a professional dancer. As a competitive American Rhythm Style ballroom dancer, Mandy has toured the country and racked up awards—she's been ranked among the top 13 dancers in the United States, placed second in the United States Professional Rising Star Rhythm Championship, and conducted an undefeated run as the Fred Astaire National Rising Star Rhythm Champion. In her spare time, she has earned teaching certifications in more than 13 styles of dance (among them, classic ballet, hip-hop, and jazz) and opened her own studio, Aspire Dance.
Mandy and her staff of 12 instructors hone the skills of young dancers, providing a reception area for parents to wait and witness progress. For adults, the teachers conduct fitness-focused classes. Latin-inspired Zumba classes boost cardiovascular endurance, whereas yoga sessions cultivate flexibility and balance so that you can finally touch your toes while standing on stilts.