Dance Lessons

What can we do for you

We offer a range of lessons to suit every taste and ability level

Introductory Special

Try an introductory lesson for Just $39!

Come on in and find out what we are all about

Learn some of the most popular social dances while you are here!

Please use our contact form below or call 262-251-2000 for more information.

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Private Lessons

Taking your first steps onto the dance floor can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! Fred Astaire Dance Studios specialize in one-on-one dance instruction. Our personalized approach allows us to design a program just for you… customized to meet your goals, your needs, and your personal learning style. No two people learn the same, so no two lessons will ever be the same – dance instruction tailored to fit your life!

Junior Program

Students of all ages are welcome in our studio! Whether you are 9 or 99, it’s never to early to start taking advantage of all the benefits that ballroom dancing has to offer!

All students under 18 will receive a Junior discount on their private lessons! Please call us to find out more!

Group Lessons

Group classes are a valuable addition to your private lessons. By combining the personalized attention you receive on your lessons with the broad range of topics taught in group classes, you will learn faster and retain more… not to mention that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and interact with other students in a way that will greatly enhance your dance education. Group classes can be an enriching and exciting supplement to your private instruction!

Practice Parties

Dance Parties are as important to the learning process as the lessons themselves. Attending the parties gives you a wonderful opportunity to practice what you’ve learned on your lessons with a variety of partners, professional instructors, other students, and guests! Instructors are on hand to guide students, creating a relaxed yet instructive environment. Dancing at the parties can ease any stress you might have of dancing in front of other people, helping you to build confidence in your dancing, a confidence that will extend into all areas of your life!

Studio Rentals

If you are looking for a fun and exciting place to hold your next get-together, look no further than the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls. Our 6,000 square foot studio can accommodate groups as large as 150, and our state of the art sound and light systems are sure to make any party or gathering unforgettable!

With a wide array of amenities, we are able to provide the perfect accommodation for a wide variety of events:

  • Ballroom
  • Birthday parties
  • Anniversary parties
  • Holiday gatherings
  • Office meetings and seminars
  • Family Reunions
  • And so much more!

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N87W17317 Main Street, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 Conveniently located in the Purity building between the speedway gas station and Johnson School Bus Depot

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N87W17317 Main Street, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Tel: 262-251-2000
E-mail: brooksfads@gmail.com

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About Us

Meet the Teachers
Tim Brooks

Studio Owner

Tim Brooks

Tim is originally from England and is the son of two Professional Dancers. Dancing over 20 years Tim won National Titles in England and represented his country at many competitions across Europe.

Tim moved to the United States in 2006 to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studios. In 2008 he won the Eastern United States Rising Star Professional Rhythm title and has been very successful at numerous events both as a Professional competitor and helping his many students to achieve their dancing goals.

As one of the top teachers in New England and Florida he moved to Wisconsin to continue working for Fred Astaire and along with his wife Kristin and their daughter Chelsea realize his dream of owning a studio and helping pass on his knowledge and joy of dance to others.

Kristin Brooks

Studio Owner

Kristin Brooks

Ms. Kristin was born in Greendale, WI and raised in Grafton, WI. As a child she danced ballet and jazz and was a ballroom dance student at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. As a student she won many competitive awards such as top solo, Pro/Am Smooth and Rhythm champion and competed at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios national competition. She has also studied business and has a cosmetology degree.

In 2008 she took the leap from student to teacher. Her awards as a teacher include top new student instructor, three-time dance store specialist and Top Guest Getter for 2011. As a dancer she was a Rising Star Rhythm finalist at the Michigan competition and in 2012 a finalist in the Closed Professional Rhythm Division at the Fred Astaire World Championships held in Puerto Rico

Ms. Kristin likes dance lessons to be fun and easy. She wants students to feel good social dancing and to feel confident in competitive dancing. She believes repetition is a key factor to make sure students feel comfortable with the steps. Ms. Kristin enjoys helping people achieve their goals and finding how dance can change students’ lives. She also enjoys performing with students and other professionals.

Alex Zarek

Teacher

Alex Zarek

Where are you from? Born in Sidell, Louisiana, Raised Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bio: My family used to own a Fred Astaire Dance Studio and because of growing up in that environment I now want to eventually carry on the legacy. I also studied at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts – Sociology while playing baseball for the University.

Goals: To compete for Regional and National Championships in both Smooth and Rhythm. Eventually I plan to run my own Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

Hobbies: Ballroom Dancing, Baseball, Football and watching movies on the big screen.

Favorite Quote: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway”. (Earl Nightingale)

I love to be a Dance Instructor because: I enjoy seeing my students excitement and smiles after they accomplish something they have not done before!

Jennifer McKinley

Teacher

Jennifer McKinley

Where are you from? Hustisford, Wi

Bio: I was raised in a large, crazy family so there is no such thing as too crazy or too silly in my book. I grew up only being able to watch dancing, but desired to be able to make it my life. After high school I was able to dabble with a few different styles of dance but I desired more. Fortunately I found Fred Astaire and I am now able to fully pursue my dream.

Goals: To be the most accomplished dancer I can be and live my life to the fullest.

Hobbies: I love reading, dancing (all styles), cooking, travel and horseback riding. Hiking, camping and spending time with my family.

Favorite Quote: “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it”. (J.M.Barrie – Peter Pan)

I love being a Dance Instructor because: Dance has changed my life and I want to use it to change the life of others.

Hope Towle

Teacher

Hope Towle

Where are you from: Burlington, VT

Bio: Growing up I had a diverse group of interests such as cross country, basketball and softball. However, my passion was in equitation. I attended the University of Vermont, where I received my BA in Sociology with a focus in Social Issues Theatre. While staying at UVM I was introduced to the world of competitive Ballroom Dancing. As a competitor I earned numerous appearances in regional, national and independent competitions placing in all four styles. As a senior, I coached both Rhythm and Latin as well as having the privilege to learn from current World Champions Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko.

Goals: To help my students achieve their goals to the best of my abilities and to be a strong competitor both regionally and nationally

Hobbies: Dancing, Equitation, Baseball and Skype dates with friends at home

Favorite Quote: “The Great Work Begins” – Tony Kushner, Angels in America

I Love Being A Dance Instructor Because: I enjoy watching my students accomplish things that they at one point believed they couldn’t. also like to share my passion and knowledge of ballroom with anyone who wants to learn

Brooke Lessmiller

Reception

Brooke Lessmiller

Where are you from? Green Bay, Wisconsin

Brooke moved to Milwaukee to attend the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where she earned a BS in Educational Studies. Brooke has been dancing since the age of two. She has been trained in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. She joined our studio this year and is thrilled to have found a job in the dance field. She is even more excited to become part of this extraordinary team! Brooke is not just the friendly face at the front desk but also the soft voice who lovingly answers the phone “It’s a great day at Fred Astaire Menomonee Falls”. Brooke is also in the beginning stages of learning the art of ballroom dance.

Grand Opening

Grand Opening - June 29th 2013

We had a great time at our Grand Opening on June 29th. We managed to raise over $14,000 for the Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin and would like to thank everyone for their attendance and generosity. The funds were generated through a raffle, silent auction, and from photos with "Dancing with the Stars" professional Anna Trebunskaya.

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Why you should be dancing with us

Our thoughts on Dance

Wedding Dance

At Fred Astaire Menomonee Falls we know how important your wedding day is and we want to help make it even more special. Wedding dance lessons can help you feel proud and confident on your special day. Whether you want simple instruction, a choreographed dance for you or a dance for your entire wedding party, we’re here for you! Come visit us at our studio and we will let you know how we can help you to look picture-perfect while dancing as a married couple for the first time.

One of the most romantic and memorable moments of a wedding is when the couple is spotlighted as they do their first dance. When you are out there, you don’t want to be worrying about what you are doing. You want to look happy and glowing! We can make sure that you do. When they announce at your wedding….. “The bride and groom will begin their lives together with their first dance,” what will you do?

If you take advantage of Fred Astaire Dance Studios, you will step out to the middle of the dance floor looking confident and graceful and your friends and family will be amazed by your elegance, style, and grace. Do not leave this important part of your wedding to chance, and use this first dance as a wonderful way to begin your new life.

We will work with you on choreography for any dance you choose: Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, or whatever is right for your special day.

If you have a special song, we will work with you on simple, yet elegant choreography. You will look as if you have been dancing for years. When choreographing a wedding dance, we take into consideration the couple’s personality, the music, the size of the dance floor, and the time constraints of the couple. Since other wedding couples have found that if the bride and groom are dancing the whole reception, the other guests will join you on the dance floor. So we can instruct you in a number of social dances to ensure that you will always feel comfortable dancing the night away.

Fred Astaire Dance Studios is the place to help you put your style and grace in the spotlight. Become a star on your wedding, as you glide across the floor in the most important dance of your life. It will be yours forever, and you will have the gift of dance to share for the rest of your lives!

It is very popular now to make dance lessons a group event if you wish. Bring your family, friends, bridesmaids, or groomsmen in; we’ll teach everyone how to light up the dance floor!

When wedding planning gets stressful, use your lessons as a special date night, a time to focus on you.

Many couples view the dance lessons after the wedding as their on-going “date night”. With busy professional lives, it’s sometimes difficult to find time to focus on each other, to hold each other in their arms. And building on what you’ve accomplished with your wedding dance you have the tools you need to become that couple everyone looks at, admires and, yes, envies for years to come.

If you need wedding dance lessons, you will get the help you’re looking for at Fred Astaire Menomonee Falls. The quality of our courses is shown in the smiles on our students’ faces. Call us today and talk to one of our friendly representatives.

Benefits of Dance

Health

When you dance, your cardiovascular system improves, your muscle tone increases and you burn calories. This low-impact aerobic activity also increases flexibility, strength, and balance. Olympic athletes often dance as part of their training to sharpen their control, agility, and speed. Dancing is great exercise, and our studios offer a pleasant, fun atmosphere in which to learn.

Confidence

Dancers possess an aura of self-confidence and an ability to enjoy themselves more in social situations. When you learn how to dance, your entire mental outlook will take on a fresh sense of creativity, motivation, and energy. This new self-confidence in your dancing abilities will transfer to other aspects of your life as well.

Self-Expression

Dance provides an emotional outlet so that you can express your feelings through your body movements with passion and flair. Dancing will bring out, improve upon, and strengthen your ability to permanently use these expressive qualities even when you are not dancing.

Social Life

Dancing lessons are an easy, low-pressure way to meet people. Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios provide weekly practice dance parties, nights out on the town, and regional and national competitions, as well as fun trips to many different locations. Our lessons are the perfect way to rediscover romance by dancing your way to love!

Relaxation

In today’s fast-paced world, we sometimes forget to take a moment for ourselves. Dancing provides an enjoyable escape from your normal daily routine, plus a chance to relax, relieve stress, and concentrate on yourself.

Fun

Dancing is a great way to add excitement to your life. Although learning to dance takes concentration and dedication, you will be constantly surrounded by artistic, cheerful people who make learning a pleasurable and rewarding experience. So join us and have some fun!

The Fred Astaire Difference

  1. Our Instructors are the most qualified dance instructors in the world! It is a requirement that they pass an exam every 6 months which is examined by one of our National Dance Board Examiners which ensures the highest standards that were set by Fred Astaire himself are upheld. In some other studios instructors are not certified and teach you "what they learned years ago or like".
  2. Our Trophy System was designed by the greatest dancer of all time Fred Astaire himself. Similar to the Olympics we have a Gold / Silver / Bronze level as well as foot based foundation programs designed to get you comfortable and confident with the basics. Our National Dance Board created “The Conceptual Method of Teaching” so that we can adapt to all learning styles to ensure you become a better dancer, faster!
  3. Three way system of learning. We offer Group Lessons which are designed to introduce new material, techniques and dances in a group environment with just the right blend of dancing with a partner and by yourself which allows you to improve your balance, control and co-ordination. Our Private lessons are then much more tailored to the individual student / couple to give you specific feedback and ensure you progress as fast as possible. Finally we host Newcomer Practice Parties where you get the opportunity to practice what you have learnt in a controlled and supportive environment. Our Instructors will assist you and be sure to introduce you to other people who also want to become better dancers, get a fun workout and become a better leader or follower.
  4. Working from our Programs. We try to ensure that at the end of a program you have something tangible like knowing the figures in certain dances while learning how to lead or follow, teach you how to listen to the music to identify timing and show rhythm, have the correct poise and posture and how to use the feet and body techniques to make your dancing look good and feel great. If you are taking lessons anywhere else when you take your last lesson do you know what you have learnt?
  5. Our studios are some of the most beautiful in the country. With purpose built spaces, and the finest music software, lighting and teaching tools you will experience the “Fred Astaire difference”.
  6. Studio and Regional Dance Directors. Each Fred Astaire Dance Studio has a Dance Director who is responsible for ensuring all levels of learning are met for both the Students and Staff. Additionally we have a Regional Dance Director who works with the Studio Dance Directors to ensure they are kept updated with changes in teaching techniques and updates in curriculum.

All of the above ensures that any student walking into a Fred Astaire Dance Studio can become a better dancer, faster. One of Fred Astaire’s most famous quotes is:

"Some people seem to feel that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I know are taught or trained. To me dancing has always been fun, I enjoy every minute of it. I am glad that I can now put my knowledge to use in bringing personal confidence and a feeling of achievement to so many people".

This proves that if you think you have "two left feet", Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s can put one right!

5 Reasons Men Can Enjoy Ballroom Dancing Too

Some men might view ballroom dancing as an activity for women. How ever there have been some pretty manly men prove that they can dance with the best of them on hit TV shows like Dancing with the Stars.

The truth is there are lots of great reasons men should be interested in learning ballroom dance as well and I'll give you five of those reasons in this article.

Fitness

Ballroom dance is not for any slouch. You're constantly moving, on your feet and stretching your muscles. You require a certain level of physical fitness to be able to perform some of the more popular ballroom dance styles. If you find you don't exercise as much as you used to then ballroom dancing can be a great activity to keep fit.

Entertainment

Dancing is as much about having a good time as it is about fitness. IF you go into dance lessons with an open mind you’ll find it's fun and is a great alternative to some of the regular things you used to do on a Friday night.

Team Work

Working together with your significant other to learn the steps to a particular dance takes team work. The type of team work that will spill over into the rest of your life around the house, with the kids or even just getting groceries. It's a great growth exercise.

Romance

Holding each other close during your dance lessons or during a night out on the town dancing is romantic. It builds intimacy between you and your partner and allows you to express your emotions in a new way, even if you normally have trouble talking about them. Many men decide to take ballroom lessons because they believe it will put them in the good books with their wives or girl friends, but if you really give yourself to process you’ll get so much more in return.

Variety

Find yourself asking your partner what do you want to do tonight a lot? We often end up doing the same old things over and over. Going to the movies, watching TV or reading a book. Why not spice things up with dance lessons or a night on the town.

By: D Fraer

www.fredastairewisconsin.com

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    At Fred Astaire Menomonee Falls we know how important your wedding day is and we want to help make it even more special. Wedding dance lessons can help you feel proud and confident on your special day. Whether you want simple instruction, a choreographed dance for you or a dance for your entire wedding party, we’re here for you! Come visit us at our studio and we will let you know how we can help you to look picture-perfect while dancing as a married couple for the first time.

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    The truth is there are lots of great reasons men should be interested in learning ballroom dance as well and I'll give you five of those reasons in this article.

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