It was co-founded by Charles Casanave, Chester Casanave, & Fred Astaire in 1947. (Astaire divested his interest in the chain in 1966, while agreeing to allow the continued use of his name by the franchise.) The studios became franchised in 1950; currently there are no corporate owned studios. Each franchise is individually owned & operated. There are over 140 Fred Astaire studios in the United States alone. As of December 2010, Fred Astaire Dance Studios will now be franchising around the world.
<big>A HISTORY OF THE FRED ASTAIRE DANCE STUDIOS</big>
1.1 Fred Astaire. . . . . . . About The Master Dancer<br>In 1905 an elfin boy of six glanced apprehensively at his mother as she straightened his wide collar, and then, encouraged by the understanding squeeze of his sister's hand, stepped confidently on the stage of a small theater in Keyport, New Jersey. And so began the career that was to make Fred Astaire an international legend in his own time.Today, his name has come to be synonymous with dancing, elegance and class and no one other person has so profoundly affected the taste and style of Ballroom Dancing.
Born Frederick Austerlitz in 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska, Fred Astaire first achieved fame in the dancing team "The Astaires" with his... Read More