History of Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Today, one almost can't turn on the TV or radio or, open a newspaper, magazine, or web page without hearing a mention of Mr. Fred Astaire in reference to dancing. He has left a lasting impact on the world and when people think of a dancing legend, Fred Astaire is the first to come to mind. We are proud of our great dance heritage which began in 1947 when the Master of dance himself, Mr. Fred Astaire, co-founded our company.

Mr. Fred Astaire, considered to be the greatest multi-talented dancer of all time, wanted to establish a chain of studios under his name to make sure that his techniques would be preserved and passed onto the public. Mr. Astaire was instrumental in the choice of dance curriculum and instructional techniques. With the opening of the first Fred Astaire Studio on Park Avenue in New York City, Fred Astaire brought his immense talent out of the glamour of Hollywood and onto the dance floors of America and the world.

"Some people seem to think that good dancers are born." Astaire once observed. "All the good dancers I've known have been taught or trained. To me, dancing has always been fun. I enjoy every minute of it. I am glad that I can now put my knowledge to use in bringing personal confidence and a feeling of achievement to so many people."

Today, Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios located in cities throughout North America and internationally, are required to maintain the highest standards of excellence. Our studio is furnished with music and sound equipment of the finest quality, and our dance floor is beautifully maintained for your dancing pleasure. Although Mr. Astaire is no longer with us in person, our studio is still a living embodiment of his style and grace.

The Canton, CT location was opened in October 2000 by Erik & Eva Barckmann who have been training and competing as amateurs and professionals in ballroom dancing since childhood. Over the years the Canton location has grown to be one of the top studios in the Fred Astaire family due to the high level of experience available in the studio.

We are immensely proud to carry the trade name of Fred Astaire Dance Studios. We feel we have an obligation to uphold the fine reputation of the master dancer in everything we do from the moment you walk through our door for the first time until you leave as a better dancer.

Our studio is a very happy, positive place because our students are having a great time while engaging in a wonderful, healthy and beneficial activity... DANCING..