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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Student Stars of the Month
Make a Love Connection Through Dance
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 Match.com 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.
When: Watch our Event Calendar for Details on Upcoming Parties
Where: Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Westerville, Ohio
Guest Admission: Free to all new Guests!
Current Student Admission: Bringing a new guest required
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.
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.