Ottawa's Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
Bringing the joy of dance to the nation’s capital for over 40 years. Take lessons as a couple, or individually with a professional dance instructor.
NEW Student Introductory Specials
Wedding Lessons! Know anyone getting married?
The first dance at a wedding is a special moment. It’s when the couples' eyes don’t leave each other, yet all eyes are on them. We want the first dance to reflect the love and unity in their relationship. But most importantly we want them both to enjoy this genuine moment!
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"Time flies when you're having fun!"
"We've now been dancing for almost 4 years and cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by thanks to all the fun we have with the Fred Astaire Ottawa team. For us, it was something that started on a whim. We were looking for an activity to do together and never expected that dancing would fit but it's been a great addition to our lives. When we're stressed and tired and have had enough of our work days, our weekly lessons are a welcomed distraction."
- Andrew & Heloise
"Hugely positive impact on our relationship!"
"For years we talked about learning to dance together, and never followed through. We both loved music, but could never enjoy it at events beyond the “hug and shuffle”. We eventually took the plunge on a 5-lesson package, and have never looked back. We love to be able to take the time together for ourselves. We love to be able to learn a new skill with each other. We love being able to show off our abilities at various functions. Most of all, we love an opportunity to touch each other, and work together as a partnership."
- Steve & Eva
What our students love about us....
Ade & Marc
My fiance and I can't say enough about how much we ♥️ this studio. We started coming here back in Summer 2018 and have continued to take lessons ever since. We had zero Ballroom dancing skills and a little knowledge of Latin dances when we started, but Nathaniel and Denise, our instructors, were so patient and knew how to instruct us in the most effective way. They took the time to get to know us and figure out how we learn best. So grateful for the guidance, support, expertise, and patience that the owner and all of the instructors have for us. Highly recommended! Thank you again Melissa Krulick and the entire Fred Astaire dance studio staff!!!
I started dancing about two years ago at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. I simply wanted to try something new. Little did I know back then, dance would have become my new hobby! I fell in love with tango after my first lesson. It was love at first steps!! Fast forward two years later, I am amazed about the progress and confidence I have gained while dancing. The instructors are very friendly and helpful. Dance became a part of my weekly schedule. It is not only a great way to exercise and stay fit while expressing my creativity. Dance became my time of the week where I allow myself to pause and take a mental break to have a blast at the studio and learn new things!
COVID-19 has re-shaped our world and in times like these, we need positivity, hope and encouragement. I started dancing about a year an a half ago at it re-shaped my life and helped my self confidence in ways I never dreamed imaginable. Ms. Melissa and the team has managed to keep the positivity and energy in these desperate times with their posts, interactive messages and continual support, not only of their students but students from other studios, like myself. My favourite posts are Throw Back Thursdays and Floorshow Fridays!! I've just recently joined the interactive Latin Dance Fitness classes and they are so wonderful!!!! Thank you for keeping up our hope and dreams of moving forward. Can't wait to see you all again!
I signed up in Jan 18 after seeing a FB promotion and am hooked! What impresses me the most is this Fred Astaire Dance Studio Ottawa makes it so much fun to learn. I am learning beyond my wildest expectations and strongly recommend to one and all. If you have been sitting on the fence wondering if you should, now is the time! You will not regret it!!!
Geoff & Gabriel
We truly appreciate the dedicated team of instructors. Over the years, they have demonstrated professionalism, a commitment to our growth as dancers and have been responsive as needed. We have grown in confidence and ability due to the support of our teachers. Most of all, we have fun and look forward to our lessons!
Rick & Leila
Taking virtual lessons, besides their practicality and efficiency, has led us to practice our dancing far more at home than when we began lessons at the studio. During the pandemic constraints, the virtual lessons have enabled us to pursue our enjoyment of dancing.
Bela & Cynthia
Online lessons have allowed us to keep learning, practicing, improving and having fun together through a difficult time. We are really grateful for the studio’s flexibility in making this option available.
Martin & Isabelle
We started dancing to prepare for our wedding. We continued with our lessons because we enjoy the positive atmosphere and the excellent staff. It’s a great way to relieve stress and a fun activity that we can do together!
I like the virtual dance lessons because it helps me focus on very specific aspects of leading the dance patterns. Not having an actual partner with me is both a challenge and a benefit. Since I must visualize where my partner is throughout the pattern, I learn how my leading technique (frame, position, actions) benefit my partner's ability to follow
Our Founder: Fred Astaire
In 1947, Fred Astaire, along with his partner Charles Casanave, Sr., a retired motion picture executive, opened the very first Fred Astaire Dance Studio on New York City’s famous Park Avenue. It was an instant success and soon the company was on its way to opening franchises throughout the world, making it a pioneer in the franchise business. The foundation of the business then and today is the dance programs that were personally designed by Fred Astaire. Throughout the years and decades that followed, the company grew quickly as franchises opened throughout the world.