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I have taken ballroom lessons at this studio for a little over two years and still love every minute of it. My teachers are Slash Sharan and Sergey Smolin, who are both patient, personable, funny, and very knowledgeable! I am also so thankful for them b/c they are understanding of my crazy schedule, financial limitations, and passion for the artistic side of dance. I focus moreso on competitive dancing, and I love the challenge that I still feel with each lesson but at the same time have fun and feel that I continue to grow as a dancer. I am also the most physically fit than ever before. The great thing about this studio is its versatility. Every instructor has the personal and professional skills to help a student be a better performer, social dancer, competitive dancer, etc. There are also many avenues for your dancing; you can just take lessons and have fun with those in and of themselves, perform at a small Friday night practice party or a big stage at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, dance at Practice Night, which simulates a competition scene (this is unique to the studio), compete at a small regional competition or a big national one in Puerto Rico, or prepare a dance for your wedding. I have much respect for the instructors here b/c it is not an easy task to teach someone the intricacies and physics/mechanics of dance, but the teachers make it seem effortless, along with their endless patience. I have known Slash and Sergey for a while, and they are genuine people who are passionate about what they do (teaching others how to dance and also dancing/competing themselves). It is heartwarming to be part of this group of people. My dance tip for anyone who joins the studio is to practice on your own what it is these instructors teach you. The information is so valuable. Most people here take the 40-minute private lessons (although there are group classes, too), and you can move at your own pace. If you work on this beautiful craft, you will find yourself growing more than you ever thought you would, and it makes you feel good about yourself and motivated to be even better than what you were before. It also helps that these instructors are committed to helping you achieve success and to ensure that you feel happy with your dancing. Overall, I am very happy here, and dancing has done wonders for my health. I feel blessed to know these people who have a positive and passionate attitude towards dance and life. I recommend it to anyone!Feb 1, 2014
Ever lesson is great and informative. Miss Rachel is wonderful!!! as well as the others there.Mar 5, 2018Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Brookfield's reply
Pam, thank you so very much for sharing these kind words with us! It is wonderful to hear that you are truly enjoying yourself! We look forward to making many more memories with you out on the dance floor. Sincerely, Your Fred Astaire Brookfield Team
Great Studio to learn Ballroom Dance with a lot of Fun thrown in. I have always liked to dance but the Ballroom Style always intimidated me. So I thought why not try it. I was not disappointed. The instructors and staff are amazing, very friendly, welcoming and encouraging. I cannot say enough about my two instructors Alex and Sergio, very encouraging. One of the best decisions I have ever made. Also a side benefit, I have met some new friends, plus weekly there is a Themed Dance Party held so you can practice all your new steps.Mar 12, 2018Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Brookfield's reply
Thank you Luane for sharing such kind words about your experience with us at the studio! It has been a pleasure spending time with you, providing you with instruction and making amazing memories! We look forward to many more moments spent with you on the dance floor! Warmest Regards, Your Fred Astaire Brookfield Team
I have danced with Fred Astaire for over 3 years. Brookfield, over the other Milwaukee based locations is held to a very high level of professionalism and that is one of the great qualities about them. They not only teach you how to dance but they do it in an environment that is welcoming and fun. It is designed to work with singles and couples regardless of your goals (first dance, competition, etc...). It's super addicting!Apr 6, 2018Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Brookfield's reply
Dear Kelsey, thank you for sharing your kind thoughts! It has truly been lovely having you as part of our studio family! We do continuously strive for greatness and it is always wonderful to hear that we have succeeded in enriching someone's life through dance. We cannot wait to continue making memories with you! Sincerely, Your Fred Astaire Brookfield Team
I never took ballet or tap or any of that as a kid. I danced my first step at age 54 at Fred Astaire Brookfield after having had majotr leg and back surgery too. Now I dance at national competitions. If I can do it , anyone can. Its good for your body and your mind.Apr 2, 2013
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Our lessons and lesson packages are based on each of our students or couples individually as everyone is interested in doing something different. Upon joining us for your first introductory dance lesson and allowing our instructors to get to know you and your interests, your instructor will present you with lessons and packages that best suit what you are looking for or looking to do in the dance world.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?In joining us as a new student(s), your first private dance lesson with Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield will include touring our facility, meeting and getting to know your instructor as he/she works with you to understand your interests, learning the basic steps to 3 or 4 of our most popular social dances - Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Push Pull, and, of course, enjoying yourself!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?All of our professional dance instructors are certified through Fred Astaire Dance Studios via the National Dance Council of America and under go tests on a regular basis to keep up with the latest skills and dance knowledge. For more information on this please visit NDCA.org