Social and Performance Dance Lessons


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!

Take the first step toward finding a new hobby and a fun, exciting way to exercise!

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Coupon Special!

Two Dance Lessons and a New Comer Group Class Session*

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*New Students Only

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

Fred Astaire and Cyd Charrise
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Student Star of the Month


Right Star

One of the most difficult times in a parent’s life is when their children leave home. JoAnne Thomas knew she needed to find a hobby during this time of transition. An avid hockey fan and mother of two hockey athletes, JoAnne kept herself busy attending her sons’ games and cheering them on from the stands. As a member of the Westerville Warcats Board and Registrar she was responsible for assuring both players and coaches had the appropriate credentials, checking players’ grades, coordinating the Bantam Bridge program for players entering high school and providing information to the district. She also assisted with the tryout registration, summer conditioning, as well as the banquet and senior nite festivities.

When her eldest son, Clay, moved away a few years ago to attend The Ohio State University to pursue a degree in engineering, she began to realize she only had a few more years before her youngest son, Cole, would be graduating and leaving home. The reality of becoming an empty nester began settling in. JoAnne knew she needed something that would bring her joy replacing the sadness of these life changes. Through learning to dance she replaced her sadness with joy.

Growing up JoAnne always enjoyed watching her father clog dance and her parents dance western square dancing. She can remember how much fun her parents had dancing and the new friends they made. This past February she decided to take a few introductory lessons leading her to want to follow in their dancing footsteps. The experience made her feel so alive and gave her a way to filter all of her emotions through dance. She quickly knew she wanted to continue dancing and began taking lessons regularly at the studio.

“Once I took a few lessons, I became absolutely hooked,” said JoAnne. “I get so excited and look forward to each dance lesson and truly miss it when I’m not there,” she added.

Over the past few weeks, JoAnne doubled up on her lessons in preparation for the Newcomer dance competition. She danced 40 entries performing 10 different dances.

"I was so busy going from dance to dance I didn't have time to worry about what I was doing," she said. "I felt more confident each time I went out on the dance floor. I absolutely loved the experience."

JoAnne is looking forward to competing at the Ohio Regional Buckeye Ball August 12-13 as well as attending the National competition in Orlando in October. She is working on a solo dance with Instructor Sam Walker using rumba, cha cha and merengue dance patterns.

"I have learned so much from my Instructors Sam, Keith Jastram and Sarah May who continue to encourage me," she said. "They are amazing teachers. “ JoAnne is a natural on the dance floor,” Walker said. “She has grown so much as a dancer over these past few months and I am looking forward to dancing with her at these events and competitions.”

She encourages anyone in a personal transition to channel their emotions by learning how to dance. It has been the anchor she needed to get her through this life changing experience. She is grateful to have joined our Westerville Fred Astaire family and has met some great people who also share similar experiences as well as her passion for dance.

JoAnne is a domestic engineer and previously worked 13 years for Nationwide Insurance. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching football and hockey games especially the hockey playoffs which she is hopeful that she will see her Columbus Blue Jackets make it there one day.

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!
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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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Freddy News!

  • Our New Comer students rocked the dance floor at the 2015 Trophy Ball and New Comer Dance Competition! The event was held at the Boat House Restaurant, and everyone had a fabulous time. Check out the pictures in our Competition Gallery!

  • Samuel Walker and Amy Jordan represented Fred Astaire Westerville Dance Studio at this year's Wedding Experience held at the Crown Plaza North. Watch Sam and Amy live on Fox28 News Sunday Morning broadcast!
  • With its growing popularity, there’s no better time than today to join the exciting, rewarding dance industry! Our Westerville Fred Astaire Dance Studio is always looking for outgoing, enthusiastic instructors to add to our winning team! Contact us now through our Dance Career Opportunities page!
  • Four of our top competitive students competed in the 2015 Winter Extravaganza Dance Competition held on Sunday, February 1st at the Bosco Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Pros Sam Walker and Keith Jastram, along with students Kelly Collins, Barb Holodnak, Joanne Jastram and Marlene Goodenow performed their American, Smooth and Rhythm dances and competed individually in the category of Professional/Amateur. Kelly, Barb, Joanne and Marlene have competed in many regional and national events. Joanne and Marlene have been dancing for Fred Astaire for more than five years.

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