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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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Two Dance Lessons and a New Comer Group Class Session*

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

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Westerville
is teaming up with The Pink Fund for a special dance party - Dancing with the Survivors on Thursday, October 1st from 6:30pm - 10:00pm at Monaco's Palace & Catering, Columbus, Ohio. The evening will feature local breast cancer survivors and/or a family member dancing in honor of a breast cancer survivor paired with professional Fred Astaire dancers performing ballroom dances while raising money for The Pink Fund. Proceeds from the evening will be used to provide financial assistance to breast cancer patients in active treatment who qualify according to The Pink Fund's guidelines.

We invite you attend this event to spectate and cheer on our dancers!

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For more information about our dancers and this event visit
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Fred Astaire Westerville to showcase their talents at Buckeye Ball competition On August 28 & 29, Fred Astaire Westerville staff and students will showcase their talent at this year’s Buckeye Ball held at the McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton, Ohio. Students from across Ohio will be demonstrating their dancing accomplishments from beginner Social Foundation to Silver and Gold levels of the Fred Astaire Trophy System. Students will transform into elegantly dressed ballroom dancers; women dressed in multi-colored ball gowns and slinky Latin dresses to well groomed, handsome men in black dance pants and vests to match their female partners.

Eight of our students along with four of our professionals will attend this year’s festivities and participate in the competition. Each of the students will be competing in proficiency and competition categories ranging from social foundation beginner to the silver level of the Fred Astaire Trophy System where students have completed 500 - 1,000 lessons.

This year’s students are:

  • Anne Cohen
  • Rebecca Cripe
  • Barbie Holodnak
  • Joanne Jastram
  • Bill Miller
  • Deb Pindell
  • Tim Pindell
  • Emily Pribonic 

A couple students to highlight at this year’s competition are Bill Miller, Rebecca Cripe, Barbie Holodnak and Joanne Jastram. In addition to Bill’s Open Rhythm solo, he will also dance a contemporary routine to music by Michael Jackson and perform his first ever choreographed dances that will include Bolero, Mambo, Swing, Cha Cha and Rhumba. Each five dance were choreographed by Fred Astaire professional coaches: Marina Tarsinov, Christina Penatello, Lynn Kawamoto and Taliat Tarsinov. Students Rebecca Cripe and Barbie Holodnak will both compete in the closed entry championship category and Joanne Jastram will be competing for the silver level of the Fred Astaire trophy system dancing a Waltz and Paso Doble. In addition to our outstanding students, our Pro instructors will take center stage; Sam Walker and Renae Smith will partner to defend their international standard title while our Keith Jastram partners with Carolyn Naughton of the Northwest studio as well as Zach LaRue of the Northwest studio partners with our Renae Smith to compete in both the Open and Closed Rhythm divisions.

This year’s regional competition will have celebrity Pro International Latin Champions, Hayk Balasanyan and Emilia Paghosyan, who will be performing, judging and conducting two workshops where guests can learn the Argentine Tango and Tango. Anyone interested in taking the workshops may attend for a fee. We also invite you to come watch and support our dancers at this year’s event. It will be a weekend of captivating performances, entertainment, recognition and celebration.

For more information on attending this spectacular event or workshops, please contact our studio at (614) 890-9790.
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Student Barbara Holodnak will take center stage performing a solo and competing in the closed rhythm championship category as well as the closed categories at this year’s Fred Astaire Ohio regional competition, Buckeye Ball, August 28 and 29. This will be Barbara’s third competition Nearly three years ago, Barbara began taking lessons at the Westerville studio because not only did she love dance but she needed more exercise and a way to relieve stress. She also knew it would help her build confidence since she had always been a bit shy and kept to herself. After a few weeks of dancing, she noticed that not only did she feel better physically and emotionally but she had gained this confidence that even her friends and family took notice.

“You'd be surprised how much of a workout dancing really is,” said Barbara Holodnak. “No matter what your current fitness level, ballroom dancing is a great way to exercise without feeling like you're working out, it helps relieve stress and maintain good posture.”

Dancing allows Barbara that personal time to have fun while blossoming into a better overall person and dancer. She enjoys taking formal dance training because it provides her the foundation at her own pace along with the individual attention she needs to grow as a dancer. She also loves getting captivated by the music and dance movements. Barbara takes a few lessons a week and attends some of the group classes to improve her dancing ability. Dancing has taught her coordination and it has also sharpened her mental skills. She feels the most challenging aspect of dancing is good posture. It is critical to always maintain good posture whether you are dancing or not. Mistakes on the dance floor are not as apparent if you have good posture. She encourages everyone to consider dance as their escape to everyday physical and mental pressure because of the positive impact it has had on her life.

Within the last few years, Barbara has participated in a few local, regional and national Fred Astaire competitions where she has received recognition for her growth as a dancer and competitor. She plans to continue competing with one of her goals being to one day compete at the Ohio Star ball which is the largest Pro/Amateur dance competition in the world. Barbara’s focus at this time is to continue training for the Buckeye ball taking place on August 28 and 29 at McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton, Ohio. If you would like to attend the competition to watch and cheer on Barbara and the other contestants please contact our studio at (614) 890-9790.

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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Congratulations Westerville Fred Astaire!

Studio Receives Awards at Ohio Regional Competition “Freddy Ball”!

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WESTERVILLE, OH (April 9, 2015) – The Westerville studio received several awards at this year’s Ohio Regional Competition held March 27 and 28 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Professional Instructors as well as students competed and were recognized at this year’s event:

Instructors Renae Smith and Sam Walker won championships while also placing in the top three in several categories; Instructor Keith Jastram won the novice category and placed in multiple other categories; Instructor Sam Walker received the Freddy award as one of the top instructors in the state for 2014; Amy Jordan, owner of the Westerville studio, won the Freddy for one of the top three studio owners in the state for 2014; Students Cynthia Madich, Tim and Deb Pindell, Kelly Collins, Rebecca Cripe and Marlene Goodenow all competed and were also winners this year.

“Our instructors are continuously working to hone their skill and they reflect the high quality of our studio, I’m very proud,” said Fred Astaire Westerville owner Amy Jordan. “We have a fabulous new facility for students to dance at and top notch instructors to teach them.”

Jordan added, “To see our students learn, develop their dance skills and most importantly have fun really makes my job fulfilling. Our studio is the best place in Westerville for adults to learn dance.”

The annual two-day regional competition sponsored by Fred Astaire’s regional office draws many professional dance instructors as well as several students from across all the Ohio Fred Astaire studios to compete. This year’s competition also attracted a large number of spectators in the audience who came to support and cheer on the professionals as well as their friends and family. It was an exciting weekend of fierce competition and dance sportsmanship.

Photographs of the participants can be seen in our Competition Gallery.

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!
Champagne Glasses 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

R.S.V.P. Requested

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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 Renáe Smith represented Fred Astaire Westerville Dance Studio on 10tv's Weekend Best Bets, providing a fun and exciting demonstration of Salsa dancing. Check out Sam and Renáe's demo!

  • 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

(Coast shoes only)**
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  • Buy one pair get second pair free through the month of August.
  • Many narrow sizes available.
  • Schedule an appointment with a shoe specialist today!
Call (614) 890-9790

**If you are not a current student, receive a FREE dance lesson with shoe purchase!

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