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The Curriculum

Dance Studio Curriculum

Our dance curriculum covers the full range of American, Latin-American, International and Exhibition/Theater Arts style of dancing.

The Fred Astaire curriculum is the most fully documented bank of dancing knowledge available in the world.

Originally inspired by Mr. Astaire’s superb style of dancing, current world famous dance champions and registered judges on the Fred Astaire Dance Board constantly study and review our curriculum to make sure that only the finest, up-to-date programs are offered to our students.

We offer 3 dance programs including, Basic, Social Foundation and Trophy. To learn about each program, please scroll down or jump into any section from the links below.


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Basic|Social Foundation|Trophy |Awards|Dance Styles

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basic Dance Classes

Basic Program

All beginner students start their lessons with a basic package designed for the novice dancer.

Basic elements in the common, popular social dances are introduced in order to determine a student’s learning rate and style, retention level, interests and goals.

Students generally try to get through this initial awkward level as quickly as possible and at least into the Social Foundation level where they will begin to feel more comfortable.


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Social Foundation Program

Dance Studio Curriculum
A socially comfortable level, the Social Foundation Program is an individually planned and personalized dance program.

The student is introduced to a handful of step patterns and basic techniques of lead and follow, musical timing and blending, which allow them to have fun and hold their own in many social dance situations.


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The Trophy Programs

Dance Trophy Program
The Fred Astaire Trophy Programs is a unique method of dance and teaching instruction. It’s an easy way for our students to track their progress while they enjoy dancing! Our Social and Advanced Foundation Programs teach beginner students the step patterns and techniques to move comfortably on the dance floor with any partner.

Providing structure while allowing for individual goals and interests, the Fred Astaire Trophy System is an exciting way for our students to gauge their progress in receiving the benefits from the investment they have made.

Depending upon the particular program and the progress to various levels of accomplishment, our students earn a coveted Fred Astaire Dance Studio Trophy, awarded at a Trophy Ball held semi-annually.

From there, a student can progress through our Bronze and Silver levels – all the way to the Gold and Supreme Gold!

To learn more about our Trophy Programs scroll down or jump into any section from the links below.


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Bronze Trophy|Silver Trophy|Gold Trophy|Supreme Gold Trophy

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Bronze Trophy

Bronze Trophy Program
The Bronze Trophy level is for you if you want to become a confident, master social dancer. It is the most popular standard for our students, and the first Trophy Program available to new students.

As a Bronze dancer you are considered fun to dance with because you know enough different dances and patterns to be able to cope with almost any dance situation.

At the Bronze level you are introduced to and eventually master the technique and style that makes each dance look and feel the way it should on the dance floor.


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Silver Trophy

Silver Trophy Program
The Silver Program is for the person who wishes to become an expressive, polished dancer distinguished by versatility and style in all the popular social dances.

Silver dancers stand out on the floor but not just because of the intricate steps they can do. It’s their confidence and poise, the way they carry themselves, their ability to maneuver in a crowd and the fact that they don’t appear to be thinking, but can laugh and talk while they dance!


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Gold Trophy

Gold Trophy Program
The Gold Program is for the person who wishes to become an excellent ballroom dancer. Gold dancers have the ability to convey emotion through dance, not only to their partners but to others who are watching them.

The Gold level dancer is an outstanding ballroom dancer. It is the highest level an amateur dancer can achieve. To a non-dancer, the Gold dancer may be mistaken for a professional because they have developed the poise and polish that comes with a complete and thorough knowledge of all the major ballroom dances.

Advanced style and poise in all of the ballroom dances sets the Gold dancer apart from all others.


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Supreme Gold Trophy

Premium Gold Trophy Program
The Supreme Gold Trophy Program is a further extension of the Gold Trophy Program, and is designed for the person who wishes to become an outstanding ballroom dancer.

As its name implies, the Supreme Gold standard is the ultimate in dance movement.


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Dance Awards

Trophy Awards

Once student becomes a part of our Trophy Program they qualify for our unique awards in 4 categories: Qualification, Standard, Honors, and Double Honors.

To learn more about our Trophy Programs scroll down or jump into any section from the links below.


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Dance Trophy Qualification Award

Qualification Award

The “Qualification Award” is presented to students with a minimum amount of time/interest. This award requires no solo technical knowledge (4 to 9 dances of choice performed at a competent level)


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Dance Trophy Standard Award

Standard Award

The “Standard Award” is presented to students who want to become good dancers. This award requires a partial solo technical knowledge of most of the popular dances (6 to 9 dances of choice performed at a competent level)


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Dance Trophy Honors Award

Honors Award

The “Honors Award” is presented to students who want to have a thorough technical knowledge of all the popular dances. This award requires a complete understanding of all the material and solo demonstration of all the steps in each dance (10 dances in the Social Bronze and 13 dances in Advanced Bronze).


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Dance Trophy Double Honors Award

Double Honors Award

The “Double Honors Award” is presented to students who want to be trained to teach and develop their own dancing to the highest degree possible.

The counterpart of all dances in each standard must be studied. The Double Honor Program is presented in the Bronze, Silver and Gold standard.


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Dance Styles

Students select from one of 4 Main Dance Styles to develop their mastery of dance. You can learn about each dance style by reading about it below to help you choose your area of interest.

Please scroll down or jump into any section from the links below.



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American|International|Exhibition|Theater Arts/Cabaret

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American Style

From the time of the Castle Walk and the Charleston, through the jazz era with the Boogie Woogie and Swing, and by the adoption of Latin rhythms, such as the Rumba and Cha Cha, the United States has developed a style of social dancing unique in the world today.

The American Style of dancing, as adapted and refined by the Fred Astaire Dance Studios, enables its adherents to dance comfortably at any social function, on every dance floor, to the greatest variety of rhythms, with any partner.

The American Style syllabus of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios offers a variety of social dance programs from beginner to professional levels and includes the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Mambo/Salsa, Merengue, Eastern Swing, Western Swing, Bolero and Paso Doble.


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International Style

Although it is a more standardized form of dancing, International Style shares similar dances and techniques with American style. It is becoming more popular in this country but is used in the US primarily in competitions.

The dances include the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive.


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Exhibition Style

Exhibition dancing is an exciting form of choreographed ballroom dancing, where movements and lines of a theatrical nature are used to enhance the atmosphere of a dance.

Students who undertake the study of Exhibition Ballroom dancing derive much pleasure from the preparation of specialized dance material used to choreograph routines in the dances of their choice.


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Theater Arts/Cabaret Style

This exciting course was developed by the Fred Astaire Dance Studios many years ago to offer the creative dancer an opportunity to express individual choreography in conjunction with the standardized ballroom dances, thus ever insuring fresh and innovative interpretations of the common dances.

The dramatic movements of lifts and drops and techniques drawn largely from Ballet, Modern Dance and Jazz were carefully selected for appropriate adaption to ballroom dancing. The elements taught are used within the framework of any dance to bring a new dimension to the art of ballroom dancing.


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