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Fred Astaire Dance Studio is the premiere choice in social and performance dance. Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Westerville proudly serves the greater Columbus, Ohio area. Here you will discover through dance the pleasure that belongs to us all. Our top instructors will guide you through various styles of social and performance dance. From classic ballroom styles to Latin, swing and country, Fred Astaire has a style to suit anyone. Check out our GROUPON specials or one of our many packages in our Dance Store!

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Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Westerville, OH
(614) 890-9790

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Student Stars of the Month

Make a Love Connection Through Dance

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 In honor of Valentine’s Day, Fred Astaire Westerville is showcasing students Rich D’Eredita and Deb Risko who found a love connection through dance.

After attending a event, Deb enrolled on monthly group lessons that included weekly practice parties. While Deb had no previous dance experience, Rich once worked as a dance instructor. Rich returned to dancing as a student after seeing studio owner Amy Jordan at a social event. They reminisced about the fun days when they worked together at the original Fred Astaire Westerville located at the Sunbury Mall Shopping Center.

"Rich was a big reason that I was hired," recalled Jordan. "He was looking for someone to help him practice his steps and encouraged the owner to train me to become an instructor."

Rich and Deb both enjoy social dancing and meeting new people. They both enjoy the group classes and practices parties.

"The practice parties are a great way to brush up on your dancing skills, said D'Eredita. "You can dance with professionals but also with people who have had little to several years of training."

"Practice parties are a great way to connect and meet new people who share the same passion for dance," added Risko.

Due to their busy schedules, Rich and Deb now take private lessons together. They love dancing as a couple and supporting their friends and spectating at local competitions.

“It’s amazing how our passion for dance brought us together,” said Rich and Deb. “A hobby like dancing is both fun and exciting."

Rich and Deb added the Viennese Waltz to the core of dances. Rich finds Deb a big help in remembering steps he learned as an instructor 20 years ago. He has been happily surprised at the amount of material that has come back after such a long break from dancing.

They recommend to new student to bring a notebook when taking private lessons. After each lesson instructors write down the material which is kept in a binder. The binders are kept in the studio and students can come in and look over their last lesson or review the step lists of the dance level they are studying.

When the teacher records the lesson and material covered, the student can record the key points. This encourages the students to practice at their convenience and learn more.

“Rich and Deb have grown so much as dancers and are great partners on the dance floor,” said Instructor Sarah May.

“The connection and the fun they share on the dance floor is beautiful to watch,” added Instructor Sam Walker.

Rich is a Senior Quality Manager at AT&T and Deb is a Parts Manager for Mid-Ohio Suzuki and also a Licensed Massage Therapist. When they are not on the dance floor, Rich enjoys working outside, listening to music, watching movies and spending quality time with his son, Dalton and his sweatheart, Deb. Deb enjoys crafting, photography, music, movies, reading and spending time with her nieces, nephews and her dear sweetheart, Rich.

Would you like to nominate one of our Fred Astaire students to be “Student Star of the Month”? Send your nomination to They may be selected to appear in one of our upcoming features!
Please Join Us for Our Next Guest Party & Open House
Couples and singles welcome! No partner necessary!

Please join us for a fun-filled evening of social dancing, wine and hors d'oeuvres!
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Where: Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Westerville, Ohio

Guest Admission: Free to all new Guests!
Current Student Admission: Bringing a new guest required

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Student News!

JoAnne Thomas will be returning to the National Fred Astaire Dance Competition, along with fellow competitive Student Jayne Taylor this October. JoAnne Thomas and Instructor Sam Walker took center stage at the Fred Astaire National Dance Championship Halloween 2016 in Orlando, Florida performing a, “spooktacular,” hustle and cha cha in front of hundreds of people. This was JoAnne’s first national competition and not only did she have an enjoyable time watching and meeting other amazing dancers but it was an experience that completely changed her as a dancer. “My experience was incredible and one I will never forget! I met so many fabulous people...friends I hope to keep for a lifetime,” said Joanne. “I get emotional every time I think of being on that huge dance floor and dancing alongside all the amazing dancers,” she added.

Through this experience, JoAnne realized several key points on how to improve as a competitive ballroom dancer.

  • First, the importance of taking advantage of the coaching lessons available at the studio when coaches are in town. Prior to the competition, she and Sam had the opportunity to receive coaching from both Christina Penatello and Taliat Tarsinov on their hustle in preparation for the competition. The advice and techniques both gave were a tremendous attribute to their performance that they received high award for their dance. JoAnne is so thankful to have received their coaching and she encourages others to take advantage of coaching lessons because they indeed make a huge difference.

  • Second, it is important to watch others dancing in the competition so you can learn. While watching other performances especially the professionals that left her speechless, she realized her dance didn’t look quite like what she was watching and that she needed to tweak and perform it better. She was so impressed by the dancers that she spoke to several of them to tell them how much she enjoyed their performances.

  • Lastly, it is important to perform a particular dance in three or four categories. She was disappointed when she danced the cha cha in front of the judges and had a couple of missteps. Sam always told her that if you don't perform it well once, you get another chance. She experienced this first hand while in Orlando and fortunately, she was recalled to perform the cha cha again to show that she indeed could perform the dance.

Both Thomas and Taylor are preparing by taking part in several public dance performances and participating in the upcoming Regional Fred Astaire Dance Studio Freddie Ball Dance Competition March 24-25, 2017.

Dance Store Specials

Wedding First Dance with Bachelorette Party

Start your bachelorette party at our studio with a one-hour dance party with up to 20 of your girlfriends! Learn some fun line dances, the latest dance craze, or some great slow dance moves to get you ready for your big day!

Package Includes

  • 6 full private lessons for the bride and groom
  • group lessons for the bride and groom to learn additional wedding-essential dance moves
  • spotlight party for the bride and groom to show off their dance moves for friends and family
  • Bachelorette Dance Party
    Price: $695.00
    Sale Price: $499.00

    Wedding First Dance

    Prepare for that special moment when you share your first dance together. Give your guests something amazing to remember!

    Package Includes

    • 10 full private lessons for the bride and groom
    • 10 group lessons for the bride and groom to learn additional social dance moves
    • 10 practice parties to get the bride and groom comfortable dancing with and in front of others
    • Bonus - One free pair of wedding dance shoes for the bride or groom!
      Price: $1,020.00
      Sale Price: $920.00