Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Vida Vongsay

Jacksonville, FL

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22 years in business

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Fred Astaire Jacksonville. Co-founded by the legendary Fred Astaire, our studios set the standard of excellence in dance instruction. From Ballroom to Latin to Swing to Salsa, we offer all styles of dance lessons for all ages and ability levels in a fun atmosphere. Dancing enhances every aspect of your life. You'll look good to others as they watch you dance, take pride in knowing that your partner enjoys dancing with you, and - most importantly – feel great about yourself as you dance.

Our customized wedding dance program gives you the confidence and skill to perform a variety of dances. When that magical moment arrives, your friends and family will be amazed by your elegance, style, and grace.

Lessons

Dance, Ballroom Dance, Swing Dance, Salsa Dancing, Latin Ballroom Dance, Tango, Chachacha, Stage Performance, Theatrical Dance, Choreography, Dance Choreography, Contemporary Dance


Location

Jacksonville, FL 32211

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first lesson is really about getting to know the student and  their abilities to learn and how they learn. I would evaluate where they are as far as dancing is concerned and where they want to go - the goals and benefits they need to achieve. Some are doing it for a Wedding, cruise, competition or just plain someone to enhance their lifestyle.

Most important outcome is to make sure the students feel comfortable and confident with me as  their teacher to continue and take the next step. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been a full-time dance teacher for over 20 years.  I am trained in all styles of ballroom and Latin dancing. I work with juniors, seniors, singles and couples I was a former  professional competitor and Grand Finalist in the United States Ballroom Dancesport Champion. I have won Top Teacher awards the first coast dancesport classic, which is a national competition as well. 


How did you get started teaching?

I started out as a competitive gymnast when I was younger and through high school.  The skills that I acquired help me further my dance training. In 1994 I got into ballroom dancing so I could compete, perform and teach in which 2005 I opened up Fred Astaire  Dance studios in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beaches. 


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with juniors, teenagers, professional athletes, singles couples, and even large groups and add business conventions. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was recently a judge at Jacksonville's, "Dancing With The Stars " fundraising event.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

It's very important to at least give yourself and the teacher a chance to get to know how you learn and how they teach. Some students can take a  several months of dance training and or coaching with one teacher, yet when they try out another teacher they could learn just as much if not more in a few weeks. A student should make sure the teacher has not only dance experience but more importantly professional teaching experience that has actually been professionally trained to teach. This can help save you time and money and get you to becoming the kind of dancer you want to be in a much faster pace. The environment of a dance class is also crucial to your  during your dance instruction. Having proper shoes also helps depending on how involved you want to get into your dancing.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

what dance styles do they teach? What are they availabilities? What are their dance skills and teaching experience?